This is a nonsense song...


Pronunciation of the vowels
a = ah
e = eh
i = ee
o = oh
u = oo

The lyrics are thought to be meaningless, unless they have a meaning in a language it was first written in. If anyone knows more about the origins of this song, please email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa


Gunvor wrote from Sweden:

"I'm so very surprised about this song. I'm Swedish and I went to school in Brussels in the fifties. I learnt a song that is very like yours, only at that time I thought it was from Congo of course.

Here it is (my own spelling):

Abe nono
Abe nono
Oi oi e abe nono
Oi oi e abe nono
Oje Bela noje
Oje Bela noje
Abe e la tompae
Abe e la tompae
Oje Bela noje
Oje Bela noje

It should be sung three times, every time faster. I remember how to sing it. But they never gave us a translation.

Of course I should like to know where it comes from and what it means.

Good luck!"

-Gunvor (Sweden)



Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for contributing and singing this song for Mama Lisa's World.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Abé nono

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Gunvor fro writing to us about this song!

Merci beaucoup!