Et lá-bas, et lá-bas, et lá-bas, et lá-bas, et lá-bas, cheri, et lá bas, cheri, á ma ça va, á ma ça va.

1. Josephine is a lovely girl.
She comes from old Bombay
She wears fine clothes and pretty pearls
As she strolls down the Esplanade. Refrain

2. Josephine sits daintily as she sips her café noir.
The gentlemen all tip their hats and say,
Bonjour, madame, ça va. Refrain


Et lá bas (ay lah bah)
Cheri (sherry)
á ma ça va (ah mah sah vah)

Translation (as best as I can figure)

There it is, there it is…
There it is, dear.
It’s alright with me.

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