Last Updated: 13 February 2023

Mon père m'a donné un mari is one of a range of songs on the same theme that evoke the tragic-comic adventures told by disillusioned young wives.

The story of the song

This nursery rhyme has made a generation of children laugh, and fortunately they have grasped the original meaning of the song, which is a ridiculous story in the style of Tex Avery.

The song tells of the regrets of a young wife whose father forced her to marry a very small man. He was so small that he got lost, got roasted, and in the end the cat mistook him for a mouse and ate him.

Mon père m'a donné un mari

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The lyrics in French

The original song of Mon père m'a donné un mari has 11 verses.

Couplet 1

Mon père m'a donné un mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Mon père m'a donné un mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 2

D'une feuille on fit son habit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
D'une feuille on fit son habit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 3

Je l'ai perdu dans mon grand lit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Je l'ai perdu dans mon grand lit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 4

Je pris une chandelle et le cherchis
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Je pris une chandelle et le cherchis
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 5

A la paillasse le feu prit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
A la paillasse le feu prit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 6

Je trouvai mon mari rôti
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Je trouvai mon mari rôti
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 7

Sur une assiette je le mis
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Sur une assiette je le mis
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 8

Le chat l'a pris pour une souris
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Le chat l'a pris pour une souris
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 9

Au chat, au chat, c'est mon mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Au chat, au chat, c'est mon mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 10

Fillette qui prenez un mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Fillette qui prenez un mari
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !


Couplet 11

Ne le prenez pas si petit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, quel petit homme !
Ne le prenez pas si petit
Mon Dieu, quel homme, qu'il est petit !

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:

Verse 1

My father gave me a husband
My God, what a man, what a small man!
My father gave me a husband
My God, what a man, what a small man!


Verse 2

From a leaf they made his suit
My God, what a man, what a small man!
From a leaf they made his suit
My God, what a small man he is!


Verse 3

I lost him in my large bed
My God, what a man, what a small man!
I lost him in my large bed
My God, what a small man he is!


Verse 4

I took a candle and looked for him
My God, what a man, what a small man!
I took a candle and looked for him
My God, what a small man!


Verse 5

On the straw mattress the fire started
My God, what a man, what a small man!
To the straw mattress the fire caught
My God, what a small man!


Verse 6

I found my husband roasted
My God, what a man, what a small man!
I found my husband roasted
My God, what a small man he is!


Verse 7

On a plate I placed him
My God, what a man, what a small man!
On a plate I placed him
My God, what a small man he is!


Verse 8

The cat mistook him for a mouse
My God, what a man, what a small man!
The cat mistook him for a mouse
My God, what a small man he is!


Verse 9

Hey cat, hey cat, this is my husband
My God, what a man, what a small man!
Hey cat, hey cat, this is my husband
My God, what a small man!


Verse 10

Young girl who takes a husband
My God, what a man, what a small man!
Young girl who takes a husband
My God, what a small man he is!


Couplet 11

Don't take him so small
My God, what a man, what a small man!
Don't take him so small
My God, what a small man he is!


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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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