Patapan or Guillaume prends ton tambourin is a traditional song from the Burgundy region in France. It's also known in English as Willie Take Your Little Drum.

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Notes

This song was written in 1701. Here is the song in its original Burgundy spelling:

Guillô, pran ton tamborin;
Toi, pran tai fleúte, Rôbin!
Au son de cé instruman,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de cé instruman
Je diron Noei gaiman

C'étó lai môde autrefoi
De loüé le Roi dé Roi,
Au son de cés instruman,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de cés instruman,
Ai nos an fau faire autan.

Ce jor le Diale at ai cu
Randons an graice ai Jesu
Au son de cés instruman,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de cés instruman,
Fezon lai nique ai Satan.

L'homme et Dei son pu d'aicor
Que lai fleúte & le tambor.
Au son de cés instruman,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de cés instruman,
Chanton, danson, sautons-an.

Comments

A tambourin is a small cylindrical drum, usually made out of wood and covered with an animal skin. It's hung from the shoulders and played with the hands. 'Turelurelu' is the sound the flute makes and 'patapatapan' is the sound of the drum. This is most likely the inspiration for the English Christmas song, The Little Drummer Boy.

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1st recording by Ruth Golding.

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Many thanks to David W. Solomons for sharing his recording of Patapan. Here's a link to more of David Solomons' music.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique and Lisa.

Image: The Young Drummer, Thomas Couture, France, 1857.

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