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Monique Lyr Add: Mudcat singaround songs NOT in English (130* d) RE: Lyr Add: Mudcat singaround songs NOT in English 22 Mar 21


DEVINHÒLA (Occitan)
(Sung by Maria Roanet 1936- )

Ma maire a un lenl tot blau
Que lo pt pas plegar.

Mon paire a un molon descuts
Que lo pt pas comptar.

Mon fraire a un irange grs
Que lo pt pas plumar.

Ieu ai un brave pescajon:
Lo pdi pas manjar.

Gaita en amont, gaita plan naut,
I trapars la clau"
RIDDLE


My mother has a blue bedsheet
That she can't fold.

My father has a lot of coins
That he can't count.

My brother has a big orange
That he can't peel.

I have large pancake
I can't eat it.

Look upwards, look high upwards,
You'll find the answer there.
Rendition by Maria Roanet, Marie Rouanet in French. As a singer she sings in Occitan but as a writer she writes (beautifully) in French except for one in Oc "Dins de patetas rojas" that she later re-wrote in French as "Nous les filles" (Us girls), a collection of memories from when she went from childhood to teenage. My favorite is "La marche lente des glaciers", 1994 (lit. "The Slow March of the Glaciers" -hasn't been translated) in which she tells her father's later life and death.
You can also find a recording and an Italian translation on the Italian Chambra d'c site as the Occitan Valleys are a part of Italy where Occitan is still spoken.

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