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Lundi matin
(French Children's song)
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Lundi matin
On Monday Morning
Chanson enfantine
(French)
Children's song
(English)

Lundi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince*
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons mardi.

Mardi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons mercredi.

Mercredi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons jeudi.

Jeudi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons vendredi.

Vendredi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons samedi.

Samedi matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisque c'est ainsi
Nous reviendrons dimanche.

Dimanche matin,
L'emp'reur, sa femme et le p'tit prince
Sont venus chez moi
Pour me serrer la pince
Comm' j'étais parti
Le p'tit prince a dit
Puisqu'il n'y est plus
Nous ne reviendrons plus.

On Monday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Tuesday."

On Tuesday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Wednesday."

On Wednesday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Thursday."

On Thursday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Friday."

On Friday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Saturday."

On Saturday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since this is how it is,
We'll come back on Sunday."

On Sunday morning
The emperor, his wife and the little prince,
Came to my house
To shake my hand.
Since I had left,
The little prince said,
"Since he's not here anymore,
We won't come back again."

Notes

*Pince : Slang word for "hand". It's only used nowadays in the expression "serrer la pince" - meaning "to shake hands".

Comments

There's a Kenyan song that's similar to this one in a Bantu language. The song's called "Wakyumwa Katambanga" ("Early Sunday Morning"). Dickson Ndambuki from Kenya recently confirmed that the two songs have the same tune. Click on the link to go to the Mama Lisa's World Kenya song page to see the Kenyan song.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Jade Kite for contributing this song. Translated by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares.

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for singing Lundi Matin for us!

Merci!

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