*Some versions have the first line and the title as "Mon amant me délaisse" (My loved one/sweetheart neglects me). "Ami" also meant "sweetheart, lover" long ago. Nowadays, besides its regular meaning (friend), it can also mean companion – the man you live with as your husband.

** "ô gué" is an old French expression (it could also be spelled "au gai/gay") to express joy and cheerfulness. It can be traced to the early 1500's. Nowadays, it can only be found in the chorus of old popular songs.

***Some versions have this line as "Je ne le nierai pas" (I won't deny it) or "Bien plus belle que moi" (Much more beautiful than I am).



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

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Mon ami me délaisse  - (Vive la rose/La rose et le lilas)

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares (edited by Lisa Yannucci).

Merci beaucoup!