Jean De Nivelle
Murder Ballads Lyrics


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Jean de Nivelle a trois enfants
Dont il y en a deux marchands
L'autre escure la vaisselle
Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Jean de Nivelle est un galant

Jean de Nivelle a trois chevaux
Deux sont toujours par monts et vaux
Et l'autre n'a pas de selle
Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Jean de Nivelle est un galant

Jean de Nivelle a trois beaux chiens
Il y en a deux vauriens
L'autre fuit quand on l'appelle
Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Jean de Nivelle est un galant

Jean de Nivelle a trois gros chats
L'un prend souris, et l'autre rats
L'autre mange la chandelle
Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Jean de Nivelle est un galant

Jean de Nivelle a un valet
S'il n'est ni beau, il n'est pas laid
Il accoste une pucelle
Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle




Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Jean de Nivelle est triomphant

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of the song "Jean de Nivelle" by Murder Ballads, the singer, Jean de Nivelle, is depicted as a man with three children. Two of his children are described as merchants, actively engaging in business transactions, while the third child is portrayed as performing household chores, specifically scrubbing dishes. The repeated refrain "Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle, Hay! Hay! Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle est un galant" emphasizes his gallant and noble character. Despite the mundane nature of his children's activities, Jean de Nivelle is celebrated as a chivalrous figure.


Continuing with the portrayal of Jean de Nivelle, the song lyrics mention that he owns three horses, with two of them always traversing mountains and valleys while the third horse lacks a saddle. This imagery suggests a sense of adventure and unpredictability in Jean's life, with one horse seemingly unprepared for riding. Once again, the chorus highlights his gallantry and charm. Through these verses, Jean de Nivelle is depicted as a man of means and action, albeit with some unconventional elements in his life.


The lyrics further delve into Jean de Nivelle's life by mentioning his possession of three fine dogs, two of which are described as mischievous or unreliable while the third dog flees when called. This portrayal adds a touch of whimsy and unpredictability to Jean's character, showing that even his companions have their quirks. The repeated chorus reinforces Jean de Nivelle's gallant nature, underscoring his admirable traits despite the eccentricities of his household.


Lastly, the song lyrics reveal that Jean de Nivelle owns three large cats, each with a distinct penchant for hunting. One cat catches mice, another catches rats, and the third cat apparently indulges in odd behavior by eating candles. This quirky detail adds a sense of humor to the narrative and further highlights the unconventional aspects of Jean de Nivelle's life. The final stanza introduces a valet in Jean's service, described as neither handsome nor ugly, yet capable of approaching a maiden successfully. The chorus then declares Jean de Nivelle as triumphant, suggesting that his unconventional and eccentric traits contribute to his overall success in various aspects of life.


Line by Line Meaning

Jean de Nivelle a trois enfants
Jean de Nivelle has three children


Dont il y en a deux marchands
Two of them are merchants


L'autre escure la vaisselle
The other one washes the dishes


Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hey there, Jean de Nivelle


Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Hey! Hey! Hey there


Jean de Nivelle est un galant
Jean de Nivelle is a gallant


Jean de Nivelle a trois chevaux
Jean de Nivelle has three horses


Deux sont toujours par monts et vaux
Two are always on the move


Et l'autre n'a pas de selle
And the other one has no saddle


Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hey there, Jean de Nivelle


Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Hey! Hey! Hey there


Jean de Nivelle est un galant
Jean de Nivelle is a gallant


Jean de Nivelle a trois beaux chiens
Jean de Nivelle has three beautiful dogs


Il y en a deux vauriens
Two of them are rogues


L'autre fuit quand on l'appelle
The other one runs away when called


Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hey there, Jean de Nivelle


Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Hey! Hey! Hey there


Jean de Nivelle est un galant
Jean de Nivelle is a gallant


Jean de Nivelle a trois gros chats
Jean de Nivelle has three big cats


L'un prend souris, et l'autre rats
One catches mice, the other catches rats


L'autre mange la chandelle
The other one eats the candle


Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hey there, Jean de Nivelle


Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Hey! Hey! Hey there


Jean de Nivelle est un galant
Jean de Nivelle is a gallant


Jean de Nivelle a un valet
Jean de Nivelle has a servant


S'il n'est ni beau, il n'est pas laid
If he's not handsome, he's not ugly


Il accoste une pucelle
He approaches a young maiden


Hay avant, Jean de Nivelle
Hey there, Jean de Nivelle


Hay! Hay! Hay avant
Hey! Hey! Hey there


Jean de Nivelle est triomphant
Jean de Nivelle is triumphant




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Written by: Adam Fromm, Catt Kingsgrave

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