Translation © by Laura Prichard

Chanson Française
Language: Occitan 
Available translation(s): ENG
Janeta ount anirem gardar,
Qu'ajam boun tems un'oura? Lan la !
Aval, aval, al prat barrat;
la de tan belas oumbras ! Lan la!

Lou pastour quita soun mantel,
Per far siere Janetan Lan la !
Janeta a talamen jougat,
Que se ies oublidada, Lan la !

Note: the dialect of Occitan here is Limousin (or Lemousin, in that language)
Modern French version:
Jeanneton où irons-nous garder,
Qu'ayons bon temps une heure ? Lan la !
Là-bas, là-bas, au pré barré ;
Y'a de tant belles ombres ! Lan la !

Le pastour quitte son manteau,
Et fait seoir Jeannette Lan la !
Jeannette a tellement joué,
Que s'y est oubliée, Lan la !


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  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "French song", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 47

French song
Language: English  after the Occitan 
"Jeannette, where will we tend our sheep?1
To have a good time for an hour? Hey ho!"
"Down there, down there, across the meadow,
There are a lot of beautiful shadows2. Hey ho!"

The shepherd removes his coat,
And has Jeannette sit on it. Hey ho!
Jeannette played so much
That she forgot herself, Hey ho!

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1 Literally, "where will we keep?" - this is a joke regarding keeping both the sheep and themselves busy.
2 Or, there is plenty of shade.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-06-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 56