Last Updated: 20 February 2023

Au royaume de Diguedondaine is a French song with lyrics dating from the beginning of the 1980s.

The story of the song

During the winter of 1981, the children's entertainer Dorothée and her co-stars friends took part in a musical based on the greatest traditional French nursery rhymes.

The show was such a success that it was remodelled the following winter to become the show "Au royaume de Diguedondaine". A performance took place at the Palais des Sports in Lyon in December 1982, and then under the Eiffel Tower from 30 December 1982 as part of the Paris City Council's Christmas events.

This song is taken from this very musical and was recorded on record.

Lyrics and melody

The lyrics were written by Gérard Salesses and Jean-François Porry. The verses of the song are full of references to nursery rhymes known to all French people: à la claire fontaine, cadet rousselle, c'est la mère Michel, en passant par la Lorraine, j'ai du bon tabac, sur le pont d'Avignon, etc.

The melody of the song is rather reminiscent of Rossini's La Danza.

Au royaume de Diguedondaine

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The lyrics in French

The original song of Au royaume de Diguedondaine has 10 verses. Click here to view the lyrics.

French Nursery Rhymes

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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