en-fr  When I was a Lad, from HMS Pinafore Medium
Quand j'étais une moussaillon.

De H.M.S. Pinafore (1878).

Musique de Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, paroles de Sir William Schwenck Gilbert.

Quand j'étais p'tit, j'bossais comme employé d'bureau dans un cabinet d'avocats.
J'nettoyais les fenêtres et j'balayais le sol, Et j'polissais la poignée de la grande porte d'entrée.
(Il polissait la poignée de la grande porte d'entrée.)
J'polissais cette poignée si soigneusement que maintenant je suis le souverain de la marine de la reine !
(Il polissait cette poignée si soigneusement que maintenant il est le souverain de la marine de la reine !)

En tant qu'employé de bureau, j'ai fait une telle impression qu'ils m'ont donné le poste de commis subalterne.
J'ai signifié des actes avec un sourire poli et j'ai recopié toutes les lettres d'une belle écriture ronde.
(Il a recopié toutes les lettres d'une belle écriture ronde.)
J'ai recopié toutes les lettres d'une main si libre, que maintenant je commande la Marine royale !
(il a recopié toutes les lettres d'une main si libre, Que maintenant il commande la Marine royale !)

En servant des ordonnances, je me suis fait un tel nom. Que je suis vite devenu un greffier ; Je portais des cols propres et un costume tout neuf Pour l'examen réussi de l'Institut.
(Pour l'examen réussi de l'Institut.)
Cet examen réussi a si bien marché pour moi que je suis maintenant le souverain de la marine de la reine !
(Cet examen réussi a si bien marché pour moi que je suis maintenant le souverain de la marine de la reine !)

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip That they took me into the partnership.
And that junior partnership, I ween, Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
(Was the only ship that he ever had seen.)
But that kind of ship so suited me, That now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(But that kind of ship so suited he, That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navee!)

I grew so rich that I was sent By a pocket borough into Parliament.
I always voted at my party's call, And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
(He never thought of thinking for himself at all.)
I thought so little, they rewarded me By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(He thought so little, they rewarded he By making him the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!).

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be, If you want to rise to the top of the tree, If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool, Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.
(Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.)
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea, And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!
(Stick close to your desks and never go to sea, And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!).

Lyrics and Music: https://genius.com/Gilbert-and-sullivan-when-i-was-a-lad-annotated
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When I was a Lad.
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From HMS.
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Pinafore (1878).
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Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert.
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When I was a lad I served a term As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
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(He polished up the handle of the big front door.)
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I polished up that handle so carefully That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy!
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As office boy I made such a mark That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
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(He copied all the letters in a big round hand.)
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(For the passed examination at the Institute.)
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(Was the only ship that he ever had seen.)
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I grew so rich that I was sent By a pocket borough into Parliament.
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(He never thought of thinking for himself at all.)
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(Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.)
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When I was a Lad.

From HMS. Pinafore (1878).

Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert.

When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
(He polished up the handle of the big front door.)
I polished up that handle so carefully
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navy!
(He polished up that handle so carefullee,
That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navee!)

As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
I served the writs with a smile so bland,
And I copied all the letters in a big round hand.
(He copied all the letters in a big round hand.)
I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(He copied all the letters in a hand so free,
That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!)

In serving writs I made such a name
That an articled clerk I soon became;
I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
For the passed examination at the Institute.
(For the passed examination at the Institute.)
That passed examination did so well for me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(That passed examination did so well for he,
That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!)

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership.
And that junior partnership, I ween,
Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
(Was the only ship that he ever had seen.)
But that kind of ship so suited me,
That now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(But that kind of ship so suited he,
That now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navee!)

I grew so rich that I was sent
By a pocket borough into Parliament.
I always voted at my party's call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
(He never thought of thinking for himself at all.)
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!
(He thought so little, they rewarded he
By making him the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!).

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.
(Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.)
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!
(Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!).

Lyrics and Music: https://genius.com/Gilbert-and-sullivan-when-i-was-a-lad-annotated