This game is played by boys and girls.

This song is in the North-Occitan dialect.


The English translation is singable.

Game Instructions

The children sit in a circle. A child previously chosen goes round outside of the circle holding a handkerchief while the others sing endlessly. He must drop the handkerchief behind another kid's back on the sly and start running. The child who received the handkerchief must catch him/her before he sits at his/her place. If s/he fails, s/he's the one to go round the circle.


It's what we call "the mailman game".


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Tombèt son mochador

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Éliane Gauzit for allowing us to use this circle game song from her book "Faridondeta revira-te" Ed. Atlantica 2005 and to Monique Palomares for translating it.

Mercé plan!