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"51 JE T'AIME"
(chanson à boire)




You should listen to this song if : You want to know what French people sing when they celebrate something with the little help of a glass of wine...

About this song : A drinking song (chanson à boire) is  a song generally sung at the end of the meal to foster the consumption of wine. They are usually sung when large groups of people are present : marriage, student parties, big family meals, sport events, "ferias" (fiestas in the southern cities of France) and festivals ... They sometimes have got "blanks" to allow the singers to... drink bottoms up. They definitely participate to the "wine culture" of France, although they can of course be sung while drinking other kind of alcohols (the Pastis 51 or Ricard have got their own song) or even while drinking non alcoholic beverages. Because they are old songs, the vocabulary is usually made of words spoken in previous centuries. The lyrics are not completely "fixed", so you may hear variations according to time and place.



Les paroles and their approximate translation

51 je t'aime                            51 I love you
J'en boirais des tonneaux        I'd drink barrels of it
A me rouler par terre                till I fall on the ground
Sous les noix de coco            under the coconut trees

51 je t'aime                            51 I love you
J'en boirais des tonneaux        I'd drink barrels of it
A me rouler par terre                till I fall on the ground
Sous les noix de coco            under the coconut trees

Et si tu m'abandonnes         And if you let me down
Alors je m'empoisonne          then i will take poison
avec une bonbonne                 with a carboy
de ricard bien jaune              filled with yellow Ricard

51 je t'aime                             51 I love you
J'en boirais des tonneaux        I'd drink barrels of it
A me rouler par terre                till I fall on the ground
Sous les noix de coco            under the coconut trees





 

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