Translation © by Barbara Miller

Nous venions de voir le taureau
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG ENG
Nous venions de voir le taureau,
  Trois garçons, trois fillettes.
Sur la pelouse il faisait beau,
Et nous dansions un boléro
  Au son des castagnettes :
    « Dites-moi, voisin,
    Si j'ai bonne mine,
    Et si ma basquine
    Va bien, ce matin.
  Vous me trouvez la taille fine ?...
        Ah ! ah !
Les filles de Cadix aiment assez cela. »

Et nous dansions un boléro
  Un soir, c'était dimanche.
Vers nous s'en vint un hidalgo
Cousu d'or, la plume au chapeau,
  Et le poing sur la hanche :
    « Si tu veux de moi,
    Brune au doux sourire,
    Tu n'as qu'à le dire,
    Cet or est à toi.
  -- Passez votre chemin, beau sire...
        Ah ! Ah !
Les filles de Cadix n'entendent pas cela. »

Et nous dansions un boléro,
  Au pied de la colline.
Sur le chemin [passa]1 Diégo,
Qui pour tout bien n'a qu'un manteau
  Et qu'une mandoline :
    « La belle aux doux yeux,
    Veux-tu qu'à l'église
    Demain te conduise
    Un amant jaloux ?
  -- Jaloux ! jaloux ! quelle sottise !
        Ah ! ah !
Les filles de Cadix craignent ce défaut là! »

L. Delibes sets stanzas 1-2
C. Debussy sets stanzas 1-2

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1 Tosti: "passait"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "我們剛離開鬥牛場", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Korin Kormick) , "The Girls of Cadix", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-02-01 19:23:33
Line count: 36
Word count: 187

We were coming from seeing the bull
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
We were coming from seeing the bull,
Three boys, three girls,
On the grass the weather was fair,
And we were dancing a bolero
To the sound of castanets;
Tell me, neighbor,
If I look well
And if my skirt
Looks good on me, this morning,
Do you find my waist slender?
Ah! Ah!
The girls of Cadiz rather like that.

And we were dancing a bolero
One evening--it was Sunday,
Toward us came a hidalgo
Covered with gold, a feather in his hat,
And his fist on his hip:
If you want me,
Brunette with the sweet smile,
You have only to say so,
This gold is yours.
Go on your way, good sir,
Ah! Ah!
The girls of Cadiz don't understand that.

And we were dancing a bolero,
At the foot of the hill.
On the road passed by Diego,
Who for worldly goods has only a coat
And a mandolin:
Beautiful one with sweet eyes,
Do you want to the church
Tomorrow to be conducted
By a jealous lover?
Jealous! Jealous! what stupidity!
Ah! Ah!
The girls of Cadiz fear that fault!

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Translation of title "Les filles de Cadix" = "The girls of Cadiz"


  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2004 by Barbara Miller, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Text added to the website: 2004-05-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-01-22 22:46:02
Line count: 36
Word count: 185