This song goes back to the 16th century. It can be found in French in Western France (Brittany, Vendée) and Occitan in the South.

La Marion sur son prunier - French Children's Songs - France - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Marion is a pet name for Mary and has now become a name in its own right.

There are many slightly different versions of this song. Check out an Occitan version called A l'ombreta d'un rosièr (In the Shade of a Rosebush).

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique Palomares. Image by Lisa with AI.