La cambo me fai mau

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This song is about a shepherd with a pain in his leg who went on a journey to meet Baby Jesus. When he finally reached him, his leg was healed. (source)

Lyrics - Occitan

(Micolau Sabòli, 1614 – 1675, Occitania)

Li a proun de gènt que van en roumavage, 
Li a proun de gènt que van en Betelèn. 
Li vole ana, ai quàsi proun courage,
Li vole ana, s’ieu pode camina.

Refrain
La cambo me fai mau, 
Bouto sello, bouto sello,
La cambo me fai mau, 
Bouto sello à moun chivau.

Tous li bergié qu’èron sus la mountagno, 
Tous li bergié an vist un messagié que li a crida,
Metès-vous en campagno! Que li a crida,
Lou Fiéu de Diéu es na!  Refrain

En aquest tèm li fèbre soun pas sano,
En aquest tèm li fèbre valon rèn,
Ai endura uno fèbre quartano, 
Ai endura senso me rancura.  Refrain

Quand aurai vist lou Fiéu de Diéu lou Paire, 
Quand aurai vist lou Rèi de Paradis, 
E quand aurai felicila sa maire 
E quand aurai fa tout ço que déurrai.  Final Refrain

Final Refrain
N’aurai plus ges de mau, 
Bouto seIlo, bouto selIo, 
N’aurai plus ges de mau, 
Bouto sello à moun chivau.

English Translation - My leg hurts

There are many people who go on a pilgrimage,
There are many people who go to Bethlehem.
I want to go there, I almost have enough courage,
I want to go there if I can walk.

Refrain
My leg hurts,
Saddle up, saddle up,
My leg hurts,
Saddle up my horse.

All the shepherds who were on the mountain,
All the shepherds saw a messenger
Who shouted to them, Get going!
Who shouted to them The Son of God was born!  Refrain

These days fevers are not healthy
These days the fevers are very bad
I suffered from a quartan fever
I suffered without complaining.

When I have seen God the Father’s Son,
When I have seen the King of Paradise,
And when I have congratulated his mother
And when I have done all that I must.  Final Refrain

Final Refrain
I won’t have any pain,
Saddle up, saddle up,
I won’t have any pain,
Saddle up my horse.
(source)

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