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Chanson de la poire

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Trois chansons de la petite Sirène

Chanson de la poire

C'est l'histoire
d'une poire
on la cueille
dans les feuilles
on la tape
tant et tant,
qu'elle en claque
en trois temps
d'une attaque
Il faut boire
à la poire
un bon coup.
Il faut boire
et c'est tout.

Song of the pear

This is the story
Of a pear
You pick it
From the leaves
You tap it
Many times
So that it dies
In triple time
From a stroke
We must toast
The pear
And drink deeply.
We must drink
And that’s all.
Translation © by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder.

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