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Jacques Brel – Le Moribond

Some of you may remember the sickly sweet version of this song by Terry Jacks in the 60s – Seasons in the Sun. Here is the original by Jacques Brel, I have also attempted a translation which is as close to this as i can do ( If you can think of any improvements – let me know)
    

Le Moribond

Adieu l’Émile je t’aimais bien
Adieu l’Émile je t’aimais bien tu sais
On a chanté les mêmes vins
On a chanté les mêmes filles
On a chanté les mêmes chagrins
Adieu l’Émile je vais mourir
C’est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais
Mais je pars aux fleurs la paix dans l’ame
Car vu que tu es bon comme du pain blanc
Je sais que tu prendras soin de ma femme

 

(Chorus)
Je veux qu’on rie
Je veux qu’on danse
Je veux qu’on s’amuse comme des fous
Je veux qu’on rie
Je veux qu’on danse
Quand c’est qu’on me mettra dans le trou

 

Adieu Curé je t’aimais bien
Adieu Curé je t’aimais bien tu sais
On n’était pas du même bord
On n’était pas du même chemin
Mais on cherchait le même port
Adieu Curé je vais mourir
C’est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais
Mais je pars aux fleurs la paix dans l’ame
Car vu que tu étais son confident
Je sais que tu prendras soin de ma femme

(Chorus)

 

Adieu l’Antoine je t’aimais pas bien
Adieu l’Antoine je t’aimais pas bien tu sais
J’en crève de crever aujourd’hui
Alors que toi tu es bien vivant
Et même plus solide que l’ennui
Adieu l’Antoine je vais mourir
C’est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais
Mais je pars aux fleurs la paix dans l’ame
Car vu que tu étais son amant
Je sais que tu prendras soin de ma femme

(Chorus)

 

Adieu ma femme je t’aimais bien
Adieu ma femme je t’aimais bien tu sais
Mais je prends le train pour le Bon Dieu
Je prends le train qui est avant le tien
Mais on prend tous le train qu’on peut
Adieu ma femme je vais mourir
C’est dur de mourir au printemps tu sais
Mais je pars aux fleurs les yeux fermés ma femme
Car vu que je les ai fermés souvent
Je sais que tu prendras soin de mon ame

(Chorus)

The Dying

Goodbye, Emile, I loved you well
Goodbye, Emile, I loved you well, you know
We sang of the same wines
We sang of the same women
We sang of the same sorrows
Goodbye, Emile, I’m going to die
It’s hard to die in the Spring, you know
But I leave for the flowers with peace in my soul
Because you are good as fresh bread
I know you will take care of my wife

 

(Chorus)
I want all to laugh
I want all to dance
I want all to party like mad

I want all to laugh
I want all  to dance
When it is the time to put me in the ground

 

Goodbye, Father, I loved you well

Goodbye, Father, I loved you well, you know
We weren’t on the same side
We weren’t on the same path
But we were searching for the same port
Goodbye, Father, I’m going to die
It’s hard to die in the Spring, you know
But I go to the flowers with peace in my soul
Because you were her Confessor
I know you will take care of my wife

(Chorus)

 

Goodbye, Antoine, I didn’t like you at all
Goodbye, Antoine, I didn’t like you at all, you know
It is killing me to die today
While you are living so well
And even stronger in your tedium
Goodbye, Antoine, I’m going to die
It’s hard to die in the Spring, you know
But I go to the flowers with peace in my soul
Because you were her Lover
I know you will take care of my wife

(Chorus)

 

Goodbye, my wife, I loved you
Goodbye, my wife, I loved you well, you know
But I’m catching the train to the Good Lord
I’m taking that train before you
But we all take that train when we have to
Goodbye, my wife, I’m going to die
It’s hard to die in the Spring, you know
But I go to the flowers eyes closed, my wife
As I often closed them before
I know you will take care of my soul

(Chorus)

 

 

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