Maladie D’amour: Nina and Frederik

The lyrics are in patois, presumably from the French Caribbean, Martinique and Guadeloupe. My search engine has been unable to find anyone who speaks this patois well enough to transcribe it, but someone offers us this version in a French approved by the Académie Française.

Maladie d’Amour, maladie de la jeunesse
Si tu n’aimes que moi
Reste tout près de moi, oh…
Maladie d’Amour, maladie de la jeunesse
Si tu n’aimes que moi
Reste tout près de moi

Quand l’amour est petit, c’est joli si joli
Mais il devient fort, méfiez-vous mes amis
Caché sous le feuillage,
C’est comme un serpent gris

Oh Oh,
N’allez pas quand il dort
Surtout le réveiller
N’allez pas car il mord
Si vous le réveillez

Quand l’amour est petit, c’est joli si joli
Mais quand il devient fort,
C’est plus beau que la vie
J’irai sous le feuillage,
Chercher le serpent gris

Oh Oh…
Car l’amour c’est la mort
Mais c’est aussi la vie
Car l’amour c’est la mort
Et c’est le paradis

The sadness of love is the sadness of youth…but the pleasures of love are worth all the pain. I think that about sums it up!

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Maladie D’amour: Nina and Frederik

  1. Such a sweet, melancholy tune.

  2. layanglicana says:

    Melancholy is pleasurable, though, for some reason. As long as it is not too drawn out…!

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