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Last Updated: 17 February 2023

Un deux trois nous irons au bois is a favourite children's song in France and French-speaking countries such as Belgium, Quebec and Switzerland.

The story of the song

The origin of this children's song is unknown, but it is known to have been sung as early as the 19th century.

French Countryside Market in Bédoin, Provence © French Moments

Cherries from Provence © French Moments

The song refers to a walk in the woods to pick cherries (les cerises). However, this song is not very accurate. It is very rare to find cherry trees in the woods in France because they grow in orchards not far from the villages.

Un deux trois nous irons au bois

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un deux trois nous irons au bois

The lyrics in French

The original song of Un deux trois nous irons au bois has 1 verse.


Un, deux, trois

Nous irons au bois
Quatre, cinq, six
Cueillir des cerises ;

Sept, huit, neuf

Dans mon panier neuf

Dix, onze, douze

Elles seront toutes rouges !

It is possible to add some lines to the official verse of the song:

Treize, quatorze, quinze

Ce s'ra pour le prince ;

Seize, dix-sept, dix-huit

Il préfère les huîtres.

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:


One, two, three
We'll go to the woods
Four, five, six
To pick cherries;
Seven, eight, nine
In my new basket
Ten, eleven, twelve
They will all be red!

[Thirteen, fourteen, fifteen
This is for the prince;
Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen
He prefers oysters.]

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Un deux trois nous irons au bois © French Moments

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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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