Marilee wrote me…
I was looking for a song my mother used to sing to my children when they were little. She said her father sang it, too. They were of French Canadian heritage and her father and mother lived in a French settlement in Illinois. My mother spoke French until she was 7 years old!
Anyway, the song I am looking for went like this, sang while bouncing a child on your leg:
Ce bonhomme, si gentil
Toujours danse, toujours rit
Dans (what followed sounded like “lac a teea dayna” from what I can remember)
Whoop! Whoop! Whoop!
I do remember my mother placing the child on her knee, singing the first two lines and one more line and then going whoop whoop whoop while bouncing the child up and down on the lower part of the leg (the shin).
I hope you can find something on this. Thank you.
Monique at Mama Lisa’s World en français provided the following translation:
This little man, so nice,
Always dances and always laughs
In the ?
If anyone can help with the rest of this song, please comment below.
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