Translation Singable translation by R. H. Elkin

Brav's petits soldats !
Language: French (Français) 
J'ai vu le chat se trémousser,
J'ai vu le loup, le renard, la belette,
J'ai vu le chat se trémousser,
Les soldats aiment à danser !
Et là-bas la bergeronnette,
En chantant les verra passer.
Et là-bas la bergeronnette,
En chantant les verra passer.

Quand ils arrivent au régiment,
Le chat, le loup, le renard, la belette, 
Quand ils arrivent au régiment,
Et les voilà caracolant :
Sabre au poing, et le casque en tête,
En avant ! viv’ le régiment !
Sabre au poing, et le casque en tête,
En avant ! viv’ le régiment !

Et tous les brav’s petits soldats,
Le chat, le loup, le renard, la belette, 
Et tous les brav’s petits soldats,
En chantant, s’en vont au combat ;
Le drapeau sera de la fête
Et les enn’mis, on les battra !
Le drapeau sera de la fête
Et les enn’mis, on les battra !

Et le canon les fait danser,
On voit le loup, le renard, la belette, 
Et le canon les fait danser,
Dans la bataill’, se trémousser.
Au retour, la bergeronnette,
En chantant va les embrasser.
Au retour, la bergeronnette,
En chantant va les embrasser.

J'ai vu le chat se trémousser,
J'ai vu le loup, le renard, la belette,
J'ai vu le chat se trémousser,
J'ai vu le loup, le renard danser !

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  • ENG English [singable] (R. H. Elkin) , "Brave little soldiers!"


Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

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Line count: 36
Word count: 221

Brave little soldiers!
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
I saw the cat grow awf'lly keen;
Wolf, fox and weasel were there in a minute,
I saw the cat grow awf'lly keen,
Soldiers love to dance on the green!
Up above them the little linnet
Sang to cheer them on all unseen
Up above them the little linnet
Sang to cheer them on all unseen

When very soon they joined the ranks,
Wolf, fox and weasel were arm’d in a minute, 
When very soon they joined the ranks,
They were full of mischievous pranks:
They had sworn to go in and win it,
And to merit their country’s thanks.
They had sworn to go in and win it,
And to merit their country’s thanks.

Never were soldiers less afraid,
Wolf, fox and weasel fought hard ev’ry minute, 
Never were soldiers less afraid,
Never was there such a brigade!
Ev’ry paw had a sabre in it,
Short work of the poor foe they made!
Ev’ry paw had a sabre in it,
Short work of the poor foe they made!

When all around the cannons roar,
Wolf, fox and weasel don’t stop for a minute, 
When all around the cannons roar,
Keen until the battle is o’er.
When at last they march home, the linnet, 
Greets our heroes with song once more, 
When at last they march home, the linnet 
Greets them all with song as before!

I saw the cat grow awf'lly keen;
Wolf, fox and weasel were there in a minute,
I saw the cat grow awf'lly keen,
Wolf, fox and weasel dance on the green!

From the Grovlez score.


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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-06-10
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Word count: 257