Dejah sent us this song with the note: "This is called 'Dors, dors' and is a very old berceuse (lullaby) from the Acadians. It contains a few very archaic French words that were preserved in the Acadian French dialect (not so much in everyday speech) such as 'j'irons' (we/I'll go). In French Canada we say 'p'tit' instead of 'petit' and grand-père is pronounced 'gran-PEAR'. Here are the words…"

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In the line, "C'est le beau p'tit bébé à maman", the "à" in Québec French sounds like the standard French sound "au".

The line, "J'irons au grand-père" would normally be "nous irons voir/chez grand-père" in standard French.



Many thanks to Dejah Leger for sharing her lovely recording of Dors, dors, p'tit bébé! Check out her Hand Sewn Lullabies cd and mp3 downloads on CD Baby.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Dejah Leger for contributing and translating this song.

Image: Berthe Morizot

Merci beaucoup!