Comme une Française: Use these French lyrics to woo an old love

Comme une Française

Love changes over the years, and nothing expresses it better than this romantic love song in French by Belgian singer Jacques Brel.

Welcome back to this special series, where I teach you how to learn French using love songs in French! Today, I have a beautiful, quite melancholic song for you to discover. Love changes. A couple is not the same after a lifetime together. Jacques Brel explains that very well when he writes the beautiful, beautiful La Chanson des Vieux Amants (= Song of the Old Lovers.) Let’s use this song to learn more about romantic French. Perhaps you can practice saying these lyrics to your significant other?

Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France.


Chanson Du Jour: Ne me quitte pas

Jacques Brel “Ne Me Quitte Pas” (Don’t Leave Me)


English Translation

Please don’t leave me.
We can forget
Everything can be forgotten
Look, it’s gone already
Forget the times
And the misunderstandings
The lost time
The blows
The hours that robbed our hearts of joy
Don’t leave me (4 times)

I offer you pearls of rain
From places in me where there is no rain
I will raise the earth until the day I die
To cover your body in light and gold
I’ll make a place for us
Where love is king
Love is law
And you are queen.
Please don’t leave me. (4 times)

Don’t leave me
I beg you
Ah! Do you understand my words?
Are they senseless, the words I speak
Of our history?
It is king
It does not have to perish
Just don’t leave me.

How often has the fire of an old volcano
Erupting, burn the land
Then in that place more wheat grows than at harvest.

Each day ends when evening comes
The brilliant night sky is red and black
Can the night be brilliant without both?
Please don’t leave me. (4 times)

I have implored you
With my words
If you leave me, I will unbecome myself
And become the shadow of your shadow
So that I can watch you dance and smile
So that I can hear you sing and laugh
As the shadow of your shadow.

Please don’t leave me.
Please don’t leave me.
Please don’t leave me.
Please don’t leave me.

Je t’aime: The Story of French Song

The problem with many music documentaries is that they suffer from over-familiarity. In a bid to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, they end up spreading themselves too thinly on an area already well covered. Viewers tune in and, largely speaking, have their knowledge reaffirmed while they hang around on the off-chance that there may be some newly uncovered archive footage to make their investment worthwhile. There are notable exceptions to this, of course, and generally they crop close on their subject, or as in the case of Je t’aime: The Story of French Song, focus on an area that has been long neglected – indeed by many outside France it has simply been dismissed. […]

Source: Je t’aime: The Story of French Song, BBC Four | The Arts Desk

Camille O’Sullivan’s Jacques Brel is sexy, wild and dangerous

Before his concerts, the legendary Belgian singer-songwriter Jaques Brel would be physically sick with stage fright.

Camille O’Sullivan’s renditions of his music capture that sense of knife-edge tension. One of Britain’s leading chanteuses, O’Sullivan made an abrupt career change from architect to torch singer in 1999, after a near-fatal car crash inspired her to start anew.
Her cabaret shows have since become an institution at the Edinburgh Fringe, re-imagining songs by David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Those songwriters have a shared ancestor in Brel: in the Fifties, his lyrical chansons inspired a new generation of Anglophone singer-poets […]

Read Full Story: Camille O’Sullivan’s Jacques Brel is sexy, wild and dangerous – review

Jacques Brel and his secret home of the French Riviera

In the 60s, Jacques Brel has hidden his forbidden love with his mistress, Sylvie Rivet, in a house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, on the edge of the Mediterranean. This is where he wrote some of his most beautiful songs like “Amsterdam”, “Matilda” and “The flat country”. The new owner, an Italian, wanted to keep the soul of the house and of the great artist who has occupied.

READ FULL STORY at Source: Jacques Brel and his secret home of the French Riviera