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Quand J’étais Petit

Aliette learned this song in primary school, when she was around 10 years old. ‘Quand j’étais petit, je n’étais très pas grand’ is a funny little tune, telling the story of a young, naughty boy who wishes to flirt with girls. His mother quickly puts an end to his schemes, exclaiming that he is too young and too small.

 

Lyrics: QUAND J’ETAIS PETIT, JE N’ETAIS TRES PAS GRAND

French:
Quand j’étais petit, je n’étais très pas grand
Quand j’étais petit, je n’étais très pas grand
J’allais voir les filles, à travers les champs
Ha ha ha Ça n’va guère
Ha ha ha Ça n’va pas

J’allais voir les filles, à travers les champs
J’allais voir les filles, à travers les champs
J’voyais v’nir maman tout en chicanant
Ha ha ha Ça n’va guère
Ha ha ha Ça n’va pas

J’voyais v’nir maman tout en chicanant
J’voyais v’nir maman tout en chicanant
Marche a la maison p’tit bougon d’enfant
Ha ha ha Ça n’va guère
Ha ha ha Ça n’va pas

Marche a la maison p’tit bougon d’enfant
Marche a la maison p’tit bougon
T’iras voir les filles quand t’auras vingt ans
Ha ha ha Ça n’va guère
Ha ha ha Ça n’va pas

T’iras voir les filles quand t’auras vingt ans
T’iras voir les filles quand t’auras vingt ans
Pour les embrasser te n’auras pas p’tit banc
Ha ha ha Ça n’va guère
Ha ha ha Ça n’va pas

English:
When I was young, I wasn’t very tall.
When I was young, I wasn’t very tall.
I went to see the girls, across the fields
Ha ha ha, things are not going too well,
Ha ha ha. things are not working at all.

I went to see the girls, across the fields
I went to see the girls, across the fields
I saw mom coming here while I was joking with the girls
Ha ha ha, things are not going too well,
Ha ha ha. things are not working at all.

I saw mom coming while I was joking
I saw mom coming while joking
‘Go back home, you little bugger’ my mom says
Ha ha ha, things are not going too well,
Ha ha ha. things are not working at all.

‘Go back home, you little bugger
‘Go back home, you little bugger
You will see the girls when you are twenty-year old
Ha ha ha, things are not going too well,
Ha ha ha. things are not working at all.

You will see the girls when you are twenty-year old
You will see the girls when you are twenty-year old
You are too short to kiss now
Ha ha ha, things are not going too well,
Ha ha ha. things are not working at all.