Manman mwen

Lyrics Traditional Martinique and Guadeloupe Song Music arrangements by Paul Mindy
Performers Marie-Paule Dantin

Manman mwen ki fè diridou
I ba Nikola
I pa ba mwen adan
Touléjou sé lafarin sèch
Lanmori woti
Epi fouyapen*
Ki mannyè ou lé mwen vini gwo
Si manman mwen pa ka ba mwen manjé
Ki mannyè ou lé mwen vini gwo
Si manman mwen pa ka ba mwen ayen

*Fruit de l'arbre de pain, utilisé comme un légume

 

My mother made rice pudding
She gave some to Nicholas
But not to me
Every day it is dry meal
Roast cod And then breadfruit*
How am I supposed to put on weight
If my mother doesn’t feed me?
How am I supposed to put on weight
If my mother doesn’t give me anything?

* Breadfruit: fruit of the bread tree, used as a vegetable