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    Spell a kids song please...

    Hello to everybody, I just registered...
    I would like someone to write down a couple of sentences from a kids song. I am unable to understand them. I just hear "yellow song, melodies, cotton blue" but can not get the whole spelling.
    It's only the first ten seconds of this video, when the kids sing, before the main song starts:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGc8TpKXJxg

    Thank you !!!

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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Welcome, Postpucio!

    It's not a kids' song. It's a medley. (You can look up medley.)

    I can't help with the French.

    The first English-language song is "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Crystals. The second is "Ticket to Ride" by the Beatles. I've never heard the one the basketball team is singing, and the words aren't clear enough for me to understand. The fourth is "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

    Google the song titles plus the word lyrics.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 04-Aug-2020 at 13:37.
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    If you want to try and transcribe songs it is best to start with those sung by native speakers.

    I was once at a festival in France and only realised that one of the bands had been singing in "English" at the end of their set.
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    If you want to try and transcribe songs it is best to start with those sung by native speakers.

    I was once at a festival in France and only realised that one of the bands had been singing in "English" at the end of their set.
    They're singing in English?

    Shock and awe.
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Apparently, these are the lyrics. And the majority aren't in English (they're in French).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Apparently, these are the lyrics. And the majority aren't in English (they're in French).
    Right. That's why (a) I didn't translate (I don't speak French) and (b) I named the English songs I recognized. (See #2.)

    I think it wa fair to ask Postpucio to do the necessary Googling.

    By the way, do you recognize the song the basketball players are singing? It's obviously popular, but I've never heard it.

    (French must sound like English to Postpucio.)
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Meanwhile, Postpucio, I don't think "melodies," "yellow song," or "cotton blue" show up anywhere in the song.

    However, here are the sources of the other English lyrics mentioned (not that you asked):

    "Loco-Motion" by Carole King:
    Everybody's doing a brand new dance, now,
    Come on baby, do the Loco-Motion,
    I know you're going to like it if you give it a chance, now,
    Come on baby, do the Loco-Motion.

    "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles:
    "It's been a hard day's night, and I've been a working like a dog."

    "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys:
    Round, round, get around, I get around.

    "Gloria" by Van Morrison:
    "Gloria, gloria, gloria, gloria."

    "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones:
    I can't get no Satisfaction!

    "Mister Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan:
    Hey Mister Tambourine man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle-jangle morning, I'll come following you.

    "California Dreaming" by The Mamas and the Papas:
    I'd be safe a warm if I was in L.A.
    California dreaming on such a winter's day.
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Postpucio, instead of 'spell a song', you meant 'transcribe a song'.

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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Meanwhile, Postpucio, I don't think "melodies," "yellow song," or "cotton blue" show up anywhere in the song.

    Thanks a lot to everyone for the answers... but no no, I did not mean that
    I 'm not talking about the songs of the medley, that is just another version of the Rockollection from Laurent Voulzy... and there is no song's kid on there...
    Let's go step by step... At the starting of the video, the little girl puts on the headphones... at that point (second 1) you can here the "song" and the little kids I am talking about. It is a refrain composed by 2 sentences. From second 1 to second 9. After that, the main song (medley) starts.
    It is repeated also in the middle of the medley from 3:22 to 3:29.
    There is two sentences in the refrain, in the first one I guess something like : One brown, cotton blue, bubble yellow song . In the second one: ???? is "fetching" me these melodies...
    Thanks again !!!
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    Re: Spell a kids song please...

    The French lyrics are clear and easy, plus they are readily available online. But the English sample at the beginning is fuzzy and hard to make out. Here's my best guess:

    We want a round one
    A blue ball
    A yellow car (star?).

    Hope that helps.

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