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A B C D, des carottes et des navets
(French Rhyme)
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A B C D, des carottes et des navets
A, B, C, D, Some Carrots and Some Turnips
Comptine
(French)
Rhyme
(English)

A B C D,
Des carottes et des navets
Mon grand-père est enterré
Dans le trou de la cheminée.
Si la cheminée tombe
Ce sera sa tombe
Si la cheminée tombe pas
Ce sera sa croix.

A, B, C, D,
Some carrots and some turnips,
My grandfather has been buried
In the hole in the chimney.
If the chimney falls down
This will be his grave,
If the chimney doesn't fall
This will be his cross.

Notes

This rhyme is chanted and is used to determine who will be "it" in a game.

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Monique from Mama Lisa's World en français said, "There's a less classy (!) version that goes:

A B C D,
Des carottes et des navets
Mon grand-père est enterré
Dans le trou du cabinet.
Quand la vache pètera
Mon grand-père sortira.

Translation

A, B, C, D,
Some carrots and some turnips,
My grandfather has been buried
In the hole in the toilet.
When the cow farts
My grandfather will get out.

Even cruder versions exist!"

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ludovic Chauvat who makes wonderful lamps for contributing this rhyme from his childhood. Translated by Lisa and Monique.

MP3: Monique Palomares

Merci beaucoup!

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