Cats Singing and Dancing in French — So Ridiculous, It’s Terrific (Dansons la Capucine!)

| July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dansons la capucine
Y’ a pas de pain chez nous
Y’ en a chez la voisine
Mais ce n’est pas pour nous
Yooou !

Dansons la capucine
Y’ a pas de vin chez nous
Y’ en a chez la voisine
Mais ce n’est pas pour nous
Yooou !

Dansons la capucine
Y’a pas de feu chez nous
Y’en a chez la voisine
Mais ce n’est pas pour nous
Yooou!

Dansons la capucine
Y’a du plaisir chez nous
On pleure chez la voisine
On rit toujours chez nous
Yooou!

English Translation

Let’s dance the nasturtium*
There’s no bread at our house,
There is at our neighbor’s
But it’s not for us all.
Wooo!

Let’s dance the nasturtium,
There’s no wine at our house,
There is at our neighbor’s
But it’s not for us all.
Wooo!

Let’s dance the nasturtium
There’s no fire in our hearth
There’s one at the neighbor’s
But that’s not for us.
Wooo!

Let’s dance the nasturtium
There’s joy in our house
At the neighbors’ house, people cry
At our house, we always laugh
Wooo!

*In France, edible nasturtium capucine flowers — similar in taste to watercress — are so-called because of their supposed resemblance to Capucine monk’s robes. (The religious order’s appearance is also the derivation of the word “cappuccino.”) There are many theories why the circle dance sung by children ala “Ring-a-Round the Rosie” is called a “capucine” or a “nasturtium” dance. One supposition is that when the girls would plop down, their dresses swirled like the flower, while another theory is that the implication is to dance barefooted like impoverish Capucine monks. The latter, we believe, better suits the theme of the song since all they have in their home is laughter. (Only the French would have a children’s song bemoaning the lack of alcohol in the house — now there’s a vive la France for you!)

But whichever story is true (and there are plenty more) one thing is for certain: the tune has never been better performed than by these terrific pets.

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