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"La Petite..." the chorus or the refrain of a French song. What is the name of the song?

Asked by flo (7794 points ) May 17th, 2011

I don’t know anything else about the song unfortunately, except it is lively/upbeat sounding song.

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everephebe's avatar

That’s pretty darn vague. We’re probably going to need more than that. Additional details are necessary.

lillycoyote's avatar

O.K., I’ll bite. Is it Le Petit Cordonnier? If it’s not, well, I gave it a shot. More information would certainly be helpful.

gailcalled's avatar

@lillycoyote: I love this little song; I haven’t heard it in years. Good find. I taught French to third and fourth graders years ago and used many of the les chansons pour les enfants, including this one.

Petit cordonnier, t’es bête, bête. Qu’est-ce que t’as donc dans la tête, tête?

flo's avatar

@everephebe I don’t know any more details, that is the thing.

@lillycoyote thank you but that is not the one.

@gailcalled if you like this one I think you would like this other song as well.

How about a song that has (La, la, la la) something like 25 la’s in it in a row in the chorus I think. I’m not sure if it happens to be the same song or not. If I had anymore details I would have searched it myself.

everephebe's avatar

Is a woman singing or a man, is it modern or older? Do you remember any of the instruments? Are you sure it’s La petite or is it le petit? Is it Disney?

flo's avatar

@everphebe I think it was a man or a group of men backing him up I’m not sure. If it is the same song. I kept expecting to hear it/them again on the radio. And it was La petite, for sure. Does youtube video allow you to FF? I get frozen when i try to do that. I heard it and no, it is not the one.

lillycoyote's avatar

@gailcalled It is a sweet little song and it met the criteria for something with la petite/le petit in it and it was kind of in the lively range. I did my best with what I had to work with, I think. :-)

flo's avatar

@everephebe no, it is none of those. By the way I saw an older man in my head when I heard it. Also the te is emphasized. It sounds like this ‘La peti..te..’ and there is a ‘pause’?(there is probably a name for that) before the next word unlike in some songs where two words sound as one. Eg. as one =azwan.

flo's avatar

By the way, when I looked at the list May 17 questions this OP is not among them. Maybe that is why there are no more answerers. Do you find it? I don’t know what makes that happen

lillycoyote's avatar

@flo I am really hoping you find your song and I am still thinking about it because it feels like something that is right on the tip of my tongue; right on the tip of my mind but…

“By the way, when I looked at the list May 17 questions this OP is not among them. Maybe that is why there are no more answerers. Do you find it? I don’t know what makes that happen”

Did I miss something? What the heck does that mean?

flo's avatar

@lillycoyote you might want to specify what exactly you are asking.

gailcalled's avatar

@flo: In French, la petite, whether noun or adjective, is pronounced la peteete). If you use the masculine form, le petit, you have a soft ending, viz; le petee (swallow the final _t.)

If you add a noun, as in le petit oiseau, you’d say le petitwahzoh, with the liaison.

The words for this are “French pronunciation.”

flo's avatar

@gailcalled thank you. I know for sure I heard -La Petee…te and then there was no liasoning word there because there was a pause before the next word. Anyway, to be continued…

flo's avatar

Thank you all. If you know of a good French songs specialty website let me know.

gailcalled's avatar

Depends on the genre.

Children’s songs?
Folk songs?
Art songs?
People who sing like Piaf, Jacques Brel, Yves Montand, Aznavour, Trenet, etc.?
Contemporary stuff?

flo's avatar

It is not Piaf, or Aznavour. To be continued.

flo's avatar

It is similar to music from “La Famille Soucy” (I guess that would be folk?) If there are any back up singers it is adults I think. It might have spoons among the instruments. Anyway a little bit similar to:
this

gailcalled's avatar

“Lève ton verre,” as sung by La famille soucy, is a typical French drinking song. The refrain remains the same and the audience adds verse after verse. “If you like <choose any subject>, raise your glass and drink up.

The peppy accordian and the dumpy dum dum beat is also very French. It is very catchy and makes even me want to drink some beer.

flo's avatar

@gailcalled I love it too! Thanks. I will keep looking.

gailcalled's avatar

They must like to drink. I discovered two other drinking songs in their discography. The family is from Montreal.

Two similar traditional French drinking songs to follow later, no, make that now.

Boire un petit coup Many verses, many double entendres, and here it’s “Prendre un petit coup”.

Chevaliers de la table ronde Some verses that I have heard are missing here. These songs are flexible.

flo's avatar

I can’t listen to the first one. I can’t describe it though. Thanks again.

gailcalled's avatar

Sorry. By mistake, I sent a brief recording of a bird who was singing here this AM.

Tirer un petit coup

flo's avatar

No problem. If it is not La Petite @gailcalled don’t waste your time. I appreciate it.

markykewl96's avatar

What’s the genre? Classic? Eurodance? Pop? I have something that sounds a bit like what you’re looking for. But then again its kind of a dance music.

flo's avatar

@markykewl96 Thanks. “Lève Ton Verre” by La Famille Soucy is the closest thing that Ive come across. dancy Folk I guess.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WNsHaK0fB4

gailcalled's avatar

The genre is really that of a traditional French drinking song and part of the folk culture. We mentioned it several times in earlier answers ^^.

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