Au Clair de la Lune

Learn to play easy piano versions of "Au Clair de la Lune".


Au Clair de la Lune (AUC B1)
  • Intermediate
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Au Clair de la lune is a French folk song and a popular children’s melody dating from the 18th century. The title translates into English as “By the Light of the Moon”. Both the composer and the author of the text are unknown. In the year 2008 a phonautograph recording made by French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was converted to sound for the first time. It contained a recognizable excerpt of the tune Au Clair de la lune. This recording, which dates from 1860 is now thought to be the earliest recording ever made. It predates Thomas Edison’s famous recoding of Mary had a Little Lamb on his newly invented phonograph from 1877.



By the light of the moon,
My friend Pierrot,
Lend me your quill
To write a word.
My candle is dead,
I have no more fire.
Open your door for me
For the love of God.


By the light of the moon,
Pierrot replied:
« I don't have any pens,
I am in my bed
Go to the neighbor's,
I think she's there
Because in her kitchen
Someone is lighting the fire.


By the light of the moon
Likable Lubin
Knocks on the brunette's door.
She suddenly responds:
- Who's knocking like that?
He then replies:
- Open your door
for the God of Love!


By the light of the moon
One could barely see
The pen was looked for,
The light was looked for.
With all that looking
I don't know what was found,
But I do know that the door
Shut itself on them.

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