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Not In Nottingham
Originally performed by
Composer Roger Miller
Lyrics Roger Miller
Performer(s) Alan-A-Dale (Roger Miller)
Feature films Robin Hood
Short films
Television programs
Attractions
Video games
Albums
Preceded by "The Phony King of England"
Followed by
Video

"Not In Nottingham" is a song featured in the film Robin Hood. It takes place in the rain and with the animals in jail. This song is sung by Alan-A-Dale (Roger Miller). The song was covered by Mumford & Sons during their sessions with Daytrotter.

A short reprise is sung off-screen by Alan-a-Dale when Friar Tuck is taken to the jail by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Lyrics

Every town...
Has its ups and downs...
Sometimes ups...
Outnumber the downs...
But not in Nottingham.

I'm inclined to believe,
If we were so down,
We'd up and leave,
We'd up and fly if we had wings for flyin'...
Can't you see the tears we're cryin'?
Can't there be some happiness for me?
Not in Nottingham.

Every town...
Has its ups and downs...
Sometimes ups...
Outnumber the downs...
But not in Nottingham.

The french version is actually rather different from the original. You can see it here (the literal translation of the french lyrics are in italics).

Des haut des bas, (Ups and downs,)
Il y en a partout… (You can find some everywhere…)
Mais des drames! (But the dramas!)
Il y en a surtout… (Most of them are…)
Ici à Nottingham. (Here in Nottingham.)

Et nos cœurs son trop las (And our hearts are too tired)
Pour vouloir partir… (To want to leave…)
Pour pourvoir fuir… (To be able to escape…)

Que n’avons-nous d’ailes pour nous envoler? (Why haven't we wings to fly away?)
Qui prendra pitié de nos larmes? (Who shall take pity of our tears?)
Y a-t-il une âme qui priera pour moi… (Is there a soul who shall pray for me…)
Loin de Nottingham? (Far from Nottingham?)

Des haut des bas, (Ups and downs,)
Il y en a partout… (You can find some everywhere…)
Mais des drames! (But the dramas!)
Il y en a surtout… (Most of them are…)
Ici à Nottingham. (Here in Nottingham.)


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