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.