Chanson du Jour: “La Javanaise”

Moniseur Pas de Merde offers two versions of this classic chanson “La Javanaise.” The first is performed by the man who also wrote the song, Serge Gainsbourg.

The second is performed by Madeleine Peyroux. This version was featured recently in the 2017 Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water.

Which do you prefer?


The Javanaise (written by Serge Gainsbourg)

J’avoue j’en ai bavé, pas vous, mon amour?
Avant d’avoir eu vent de vous mon amour
Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

À votre avis qu’avons-nous vu de l’amour?
De vous à moi vous m’avez eu, mon amour
Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

Hélas avril en vain me voue à l’amour
J’avais envie de voir en vous cet amour
Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

La vie ne vaut d’etre vécue sans amour
Mais c’est vous qui l’avez voulu, mon amour
Ne vous déplaise
En dansant la Javanaise
Nous nous aimions
Le temps d’une chanson

Madeleine Peyroux

The Javanaise (English Translation)

I confess, I went through hell, not you,
My love.
Before I got wind of you,1
My love.

Whether you admit it or not
As we danced the Javanaise,
We loved each other
For the time of one song.

In your opinion, what have we seen
Of love?
From you to me, you have had me,
My love.

Whether you admit it or not
As we danced the Javanaise,
We loved each other
For the time of one song.

Alas, April was in vain
When it came to love.
I felt like seeing
That love in you.

Whether you admit it or not
As we danced the Javanaise,
We loved each other
For the time of one song.

Life is not worth being lived
Without love,
But it’s you who wanted it,
My love.

Whether you admit it or not
As we danced the Javanaise,
We loved each other
For the time of one song.
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-javanaise.html

Chanson du Jour: Theme from “The Shape of Water”

I always say that to compose is to think. Playing is good, it’s useful, but it’s how your intellect puts the ideas together that will bring hands to write or to play. So, it’s really a combination of many things; hearing sounds, hearing layers of counterpoints, of chords.

We were talking about water…I must admit—it was completely unconscious, but the melody I wrote for the opening scene is actually made of waves. I did not do that on purpose, but by being completely immersed in this love and these water elements, I wrote a melody that plays arpeggios like waves.

I could have written another melody that’s not playing waves. That’s why it’s important, before you compose, that your intellect work, and combine with your instinctive emotions that come from watching the film.
– Composer Alexandre Desplat / Deadline