Si vous la baisez, comptez quinze (Pierre Passereau)

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General Information

Title: Si vous la baisez, comptez quinze
Composer: Pierre Passereau

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB.ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Livre 16: 29 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 5

Description: The rules of Real Tennis explained. The game, particularly popular under Francois I (France) and Henry VIII (England), involved rules for scoring partly dependent upon in which part of the court a given shot had been placed. c.f. reaching bases in Baseball.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text


Si vous la baisez comptez quinze,
Si vous touchez le tétin, trente.
Si vous avez la motte prise,
Quarante cinq lors se présente.
Mais si vous mettez en la fente,
C'est de quoy la dame à mestier :
Vous gagnez le jeu tout entier.

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Translation by Edward Tambling
If you kiss her, count fifteen,
If you touch her nipple, thirty.
If you have mounted her,
Forty-five becomes the score.
But if you put it in her slot,
This is what the lady does for a living:
You win the entire game.

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(alt. trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)
If you kiss her score fifteen;
Touch a tit, thirty;
Capture the mound [military (siege) metaphor],
you get forty-five.
But if you put what the lady fusses over
into the slot,
Kerching! You win game, set and match.