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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up, a Singable English Translation/Adaptation of French Nursery Song, Illustrated Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Posted on: August 8, 2014

I couldn’t find a translation that rhymed for Ah vous dirai-je Maman, the French nursery song from which time has extracted the tune for TWINKLE LITTLE STAR , so I made up my own and called it OH MOTHER DEAR PLEASE LISTEN UP!

It’s not an exact translation, but I think it captures the spirit.  Then I wanted to play it on the guitar, thus the song sheet with guitar chords adapted from TWINKLE LITTLE STAR:

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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up by ELEG for SBWE
Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up Song Sheet avec Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Sing to the Tune of Twinkle Little Star
Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Adapted from Ah vous dirai-je Maman
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
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Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up by ELEG for SBWE

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All about the French Nursery song AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN, HERE:
Ah vous dirai-je Maman, an Illustrated Song Sheet by ELEG for SBWE for the Cute French Nursery Song from which Came the Tune for Twinkle Little Star
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/ah-vous-dirais-je-maman-an-illustrated-song-sheet-by-eleg-for-sbwe-for-the-cute-french-nursery-song-from-which-came-the-tune-for-twinkle-little-star/

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TEXT OF THE FRENCH NURSERY SONG A VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN

Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman
Ce qui cause mon tourment
Papa veut que je raisonne
Comme une grande personne
Moi je dis que les bonbons
Valent mieux que la raison.

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An Translation to English from:
http://www.fact-index.com/t/tw/twinkle_twinkle_little_star.html
Ah! I would tell you, Mom
what causes my torment
Papa wants me to reason
Like an adult
Me, I say that candy
Is worth more than reason

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OH MOTHER DEAR PLEASE LISTEN UP
Sing to the Tune of Twinkle Little Star
Words by Emily Gleichenhaus
Adapted from Ah vous dirai-je Maman
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

Oh Mother dear please listen up
I’ll tell you what just drives me nuts
Dad says grown ups know what’s best
But adults make the world a mess
Ms. Antoinette, she had it right
Let’s all eat cake and say goodnight.

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