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Ah ! Vous dirai-je Maman
(French Kids Song)
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Ah ! Vous dirai-je Maman
Oh! Shall I Tell You Mommy
Chanson enfantine
(French)
Children's Song
(English)

Ah ! Vous dirai-je Maman - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


Ah ! Vous dirai-je Maman
Ce qui cause mon tourment ?
Papa veut que je raisonne
Comme une grande personne
Moi je dis que les bonbons
Valent mieux que la raison.

Oh! Shall I tell you, Mommy
What is tormenting me?
Daddy wants me to reason
Like a grown-up person,
Me, I say that sweets
Are worth more than reasoning.
 
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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing this song and creating the midi music. Translation by Lisa and Monique.

Illustration by Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1851-1913) from Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements / de Ch. M. Widor (1844 - 1937); Illustrations Par M.B. de Monvel. Paris: E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie, [1883]. The image was graphically edited by Lisa Yannucci.

Many thanks to Tiphaine Woerth for recording this song for Mama Lisa's World!

Merci!

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