Au Clair de la Lune

by Queen of Corkbots

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TOTM (Track of the Month) for September from Queen of Corkbots is the anonymous 17th century French lullaby Au Clair de la Lune / By the Light of the Moon. Recorded a number of years ago with the aim of helping some dear friends to get their baby to sleep (he is now four!) this ditty never made it out of the studio. Au Clair de la Lune is the inaugural track in a series of 'Soothing sounds for babies'...more to follow.

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Au clair de la lune
Mon ami Pierrot
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot
Ma chandelle est morte
Je n'ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu

Au clair de la lune
Pierrot répondit
Je n'ai pas de plume
Je suis dans mon lit
Va chez la voisine
Je crois qu'elle y est
Car dans sa cuisine
On bat le briquet

Au clair de la lune
L'aimable Lubin
Frappe chez la brune
Qui répond soudain
Qui frapp' de la sorte
Il dit à son tour
Ouvrez votre porte
Au dieu de l'amour

Au clair de la lune
On n'y voit qu'un peu
On chercha la plume
On chercha du feu
En cherchant d' la sorte
Je n' sais c' qu'on trouva
Mais je sais qu' la porte
Sur eux se ferma.

Translation:
By the light of the moon
"My friend Pierrot
Lend me your pen
So I can write a note.
My candle is out,
I have no light.
Open your door,
For the love of God!"

By the light of the moon
Pierrot replied,
"I don't have a pen,
I'm in my bed.
Go to the neighbour,
I think she's there,
'Cause in her kitchen,
Someone lit a match."

By the light of the moon
Friendly Lubin
Knocks at the brunette's door.
All of a sudden she replies,
"Who's knocking like that?"
He says in turn,
"Open your door,
For the god of love."

By the light of the moon
Not much can be seen,
The pen was looked for
A light was looked for,
Looking in this way
I don't know what was found,
But I do know that the door
Was closed on them

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released September 30, 2016
Created and produced by Queen of Corkbots. Released 30th September 2016

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The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album. The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeal to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist ... more

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