This song is from the time of Louis XV (mid-18th century) and was popular among soldiers.

Trois jeunes tambours - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*In French, "rapataplan" is the sound that drums make, the way "rat-a-tat-tat" represents the sound of drums in English.
*Alternate last line: Dans mon pays, il y en a de plus jolies. (In my country, there are prettier girls.)



Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for the mp3 recording!


MP3: Monique Palomares

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Trois jeunes tambours

Thanks and Acknowledgements

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

Many thanks to Lila Pomerantz for the drawing.