Dessús la Grava de Bordeu

Dessús la Grava de Bordeu
trad., ronde (Carcìn)

Ronda from Carcin (Quercy – Occitania granda).
The lyrics are written in Guascon and depict the beach of Bordeaux and tells the tales of seduction, passion and libertinism occurred therein. The bonfires burn and the night turns darker. The Sabbath has reached its peak

Dessús la grava de Bordeu
I a una arbolisa

Totas las damas de la cort
I se permenan

Sus dètz-e-sèt que n’en aviá
N’ai baisat setze

E l’autra totjorn me disiá
Baisatz-me sénher

Tornatz tantòst deman matin
Farem sopeta

Farem sopeta de pan blanc
E força pebre

Lo pebre fa dançar leugier
E sautar regde


On Bordeaux shore
there’s a shady walk

All the ladies of the court
stroll there

Of the seventeen ladies there were
I kissed sixteen

And the last one always asked me
kiss me, my lord

So come back tomorrow morning
we’ll make a soup

A soup of white bread
and with a lot of pepper

Pepper will make us dance lightely
and jump tightly