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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

Posted on: August 11, 2014

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Ah vous dirai-je Maman is the French nursery song from which time has extracted the tune for TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

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ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords ELEG 4 SBWE
AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN ILLUSTRATED SONG SHEET WITH GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords ELEG 4 SBWE

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SBWE SBS ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords
AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN W CHORDS FOR SBWE SONGBOOK SERIES
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords

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SBWE SBS ah vous dirai-je maman no chords
AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN FOR SBWE SONGBOOK SERIES
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE Songbook Series
To view or print this sheet, click here:
SBWE SBS ah vous dirai-je maman no chords

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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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EMILY’S ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Since I could not find a translation that rhymed, I made one up myself:

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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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
To view or print this page, click here:
Oh Mother Dear Please Listen Up by ELEG for SBWE

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Hear the song en Francais:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTP4F2xV4WE

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A grown up sings French song with Mozart wig:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDEKRNnVkoU

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Some great images of this song in illustrated music books for French children:

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/2702661306/

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http://www.royalacademyprints.com/image/781900/louis-maurice-boutet-de-monvel-petit-ah-vous-dirai-je-maman-from-vieilles-chansons-pour-les-petits-enfants-avec-accompagnements-de-ch-m-widor-1884

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http://www.delcampe.net/page/item/id,244135485,var,ANCIENNE-IMAGE-CHROMO-PUB-CHOCOLAT-DELESPAUL-HAVEZ-RARE-ILLUSTRATION-CHANSON-PARTION-AH-VOUS-DIRAI-JE-MAMAN,language,F.html

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http://www.delcampe.net/page/item/id,195185124,var,1–alcool-de-menthe-RIICQLES—-illustration-Gerbault——ah-vous-dirai-je-maman,language,F.html

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I was listening to Leonard Bernstein’s recording for The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns and love that Bernstein points out that Saint-Saëns writes a musical allusion to this nursery rhyme into the The Carnival of the Animals section on FOSSILS.

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Listen for Ah vous dirai-je Maman in Saint-Saëns’ FOSSILS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TSkIG9lFvY

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Carnival of the Animals wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carnival_of_the_Animals

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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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