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Note that these lyrics are written in what we call "classical norm" based on how the troubadours used to write. You'll probably find on the internet the lyrics written in a more phonetic way based on French spelling.
LO BAILÈRA (Occitan)
Collected by Joseph Canteloube in Auvergne

Pastre de delai l'aiga
As gaire de bon temps,
Diga-lo! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
E n'ai pas gaire, e diga tu!
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!

Pastre, lo prat fa flor
Cal gardar ton tropèl
Diga-lo! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
L'èrba es plus fina al prat d'aici,
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!

Pastre, cossí farai?
Aval i a lo bel riu,
Diga-lo! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
"Espèra-me, te vau cercar!"
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
THE BAILÈRA*


"Shepherd from beyond the water,
You don't have much good time,
Say it! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
And I don't have much, say it
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!

Shepherd, the meadow is blossoming,
You must watch your flock,
Say it! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
The grass is finer in this meadow,
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!

Shepherd, how will I do?
Down there is the big river,
Say it! Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!"
"Wait for me, I'm going to fetch you!"
Bailèra lèra,
Lèra-lèra lèra-lèra
Bailera la!
*bailèra (also spelled "bailero") is the song/cry the shepherds used to call one another across the hills/mountains.

Live rendition by Véronique Gens
Recording by Netania Davrath
Recording by Frederica von Stade with views from the Auvergne region.
Recording by
Gérard Souzay


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