Little nightingale of the forest, wild little nightingale
teach me your language, teach me to speak
teach me to woo
Beautiful one, they say you have apples
delicious apples in your garden
Allow me, lovely one, to touch them.
No, I will not allow you to touch my apples.
Bring me the sun and the moon in hand
and then you may touch the apples in my garden.
High up in the mountains, I heard someone crying
oh, it's the voice of my friend
I will go and console her
Why are you crying my dear, for whom do you cry so much
Oh if I cry, if I sigh
it is because I regret having loved
Loving is no crime, God does not prohibit it
Only a hardened soul
would not fall in love with you
The sheep live off the grass, the butterflies off the flowers
but you and me, dear shepherdess,
we live only for love’Äôs pain.
There are three things in the world, three things worth having
neither gold or silver, but a carefree life
a good friend and good wine
this good wine sparking in the glass
keeps us free from worry.
I saw the wolf, the fox and the hare drinking
It was me that saw them
I saw the wolf the fox and the hare drinking
I saw the wolf, the fox and the hare singing....
I saw the wolf, the fox and the hare dancing...
I saw them tap their feet....
I saw them clap their hands...
Put on your red coat, your white hat, Jean. Go see the girls from borbodas.
Down in Limousin, little one, there in Limousin
There are pretty girls and here also.
The farmer sings to his ox as he plows the fields:
"The rings will not break. Dindarinette."
Behind our home is a pond
three lovely ducks were bathing there
To the wind! My love waits for me.
The son of the king went hunting
with a big silver gun
He aimed at the black one but hit the white one
O son of the king, you are cruel.
You have killed my white duck
blood flows from his wings
From his eyes flow diamonds
and from his beak, gold and silver
All the feathers flew in the air
three ladies gathered them
to make a camping bed
for all the boys to sleep on
Marguerite, she was ill
and needed a doctor.
The doctor came to visit
and forbid her to drink wine.
Doctor, go to the devil
if you forbid me my wine.
I've been drinking all my life
and I'll drink to the end!