This Christmas Carol is sung in the language of the Troubadours.

La cambo me fai mau - Occitan Children's Songs - Occitania - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*A quartan fever is a fever that occurs every 4 days (a malarial fever is like this).
**The actual currency mentioned in the song is "Patac" which is an ancient copper Provençal currency.

This carol is written with the traditional Provençal spelling.


This carol was written by Micolau Sabòli (1614 - 1675).

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - La cambo me fai mau

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing and translating this song, for the score, the midi and the mp3 music. 2nd translator: Lisa Yannucci.

Image: Early Morning by Lake Urumiyah, Edwin Lord Weeks, USA, 1892.

Mercé plan!