Sat maron

Traditional Guadeloupe Song arrangements by Paul Mindy
Micheline Tamachia

An pasan la ravine Saint-Gilles
Moin la trouv in vié gramoun
Mi d’mand ali kouk li fé la
Li di amoin la pès kabo

Ouail-ouail mon zanfan
Fo travay po gagn son pin
An pasan la ravine Saint-Gilles
Moin la trouv in sat maron
Si lanfan i dodo pa
Sat maron va souk ali

 

As I passed by the Saint-Gilles ravine
I found an old man
I asked him what he was doing there
He said: “I’m fishing sand smelt”

Hey-hey, my child
You have to work to earn your bread
As I passed by the Saint-Gilles ravine
I found a stray cat
If a child doesn’t fall asleep
The stray cat will catch him