This is a moralistic song based on La Fontaine's fable "La cigale et la fourmi" (The Cicada and The Ant). There are slightly different versions of this song.

Paura cigala - Occitan Children's Songs - Occitania - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Paura cigala

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares and Lisa Yannucci.

Image: Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel, Fables choisies pour les enfants et illustrées, La cigale et la fourmi, 1888. Image was edited by Mama Lisa to fit this song.