Mama Fish

March 29, 2019 3:15 AM

My submission for the "A change would do you good" challenge. Cover/translation of La Maman des Poissons by Boby Lapointe.

I have been working on an English translation of La Maman des Poissons by Boby Lapointe, and I thought it could fit this challenge. It's probably a fail though, because the original is a thousand times better, and I haven’t finished the whole song yet (so many fishy puns). Also, this is my first post. I’m so happy to have found this website, I love the songs!

Link to the original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhGf2WzAS84&t=25s

The lyrics:

Do you know why the fish in the deep blue sea 
They never ever cry
That is because when they do misbehave 
Their mommy never lashes out
 
When they wet their bed or pee on their socks 
Or cover their plates in snot, ugh
The little rascals are so very lucky
Cause their mama doesn’t say a word
 
Mama Fish, Mama Fish… She is just so damn nice!
 
She never scolds them never shouts
She always let them off the hook 
They eat whenever they feel like it
Two dinners if they want it's just the way it is 
 
Mama Fish, Mama Fish, she's got big round eyes 
You'll never see her with a frown on her brow
Her babies like her, because she's so damn nice 
And I like her too, with some lemon in a stew
 
Mama Fish, Mama Fish… She is just so damn nice!

If they wanna drink like a fish
She says yes, non-sardonically
She shows how to drink at sea 
And not to get a mean haddock

Mama Fish, Mama Fish, she's got big round eyes
You will never see her with a frown on her brow
Her babies like her, because she's so damn nice
And I like her too, with some lemon in a stew

Mama Fish, Mama Fish… She is just so damn nice!

posted by blueheels (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I love this! It's got a different vibe to the original (which all covers should imo), but it's got a similar carefree quirkiness that links them in a way that I like a lot. Awesome first post on MeFiMusic!
posted by greenish at 3:14 AM on April 6


Thanks greenish, that's very nice :)
posted by blueheels at 8:41 AM on April 8


Second greenish, welcome to Music! Post more, this is delightful.
posted by cortex at 8:54 AM on May 5


Thank you, I'll try!
posted by blueheels at 8:52 AM on May 9


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