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Translation of J’écris by Les Gars Dans L’coin

by Chris on April 5, 2013

Sorry about that – got a bit sidetracked.

To get things kicking again, here is a translation of one of my favourite songs. On the Amazon widget over there ->, I’ve included the full EP from which this song is the opening track.

I wrote about these guys back in the day while I was following Babylon Circus around like a lovestruck teenager.

I was as surprised as anyone to find that I hadn’t translated any of their songs, so here goes.

As always, some vocabulary first, then the full translation.  Allez.

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RepérerTo notice, to discover
J'aimerais tant qu'on m'repère, mais personne ne me voit
I'd really like someone to notice me, but nobody sees me
La gueuleMouth/face (slang - gob/mug)
J'écris sans queue ni tête, la gueule sur le comptoir
I write without rhyme nor reason, my head slumped on the desk
There's no equivalent English word that I can think of here - blédard is a perjorative term that usually refers to Algerian imigrants to France, with the implication that they are experiencing the joys of their host nation that they wouldn't get fromt their homeland.
J'écris sur la police, quand elle chasse le "blédard"
I write about the police, when they're chasing the "blédard"
Un pots d'échappementExhaust pipe
J'écris le mot "respire", sur les pots d'échappements
I write the word "breathe" on exhaust pipes
Phrases / Idioms
A tort et à traversHaphazardly
This is a tricky one to translate in the given context, although haphazardly comes close - you can imagine someone firing off in all directions; the image of someone doing something wrong and not really caring. You can also translate this to mean something like "nonsense" as in "il parle à tort et à travers" - "he is talking nonsense."
J'écris comme l'on se parle, à tort et à travers
I write like we talk to ourselves, without a care in the world
ça en jetteTo have an impact
J'écris tout court et ça en jette
I write, that's all, and it makes an impact
J'écris - Les Gars Dans L'Coin
I write (translation of J'écris by Les Gars Dans L'Coin)
J'écris des mots en l'air  I write words in the air
Qui fond de l'atmosphère  Which form the atmosphere
J'écris comme l'on se parle  I write like we talk to ourselves
A tort et à travers  Without a care in the world
J'écris sur le béton  I write about the concrete
Le ciment et le fer  Cement and iron
J'écris en gros "boucherie"  I write in big letters "Butchers"
Dans les bases militaires  In military bases
J'écris le mot "sortir" sur les murs de prison  I write the word "exit" on prison walls
J'écris le mot "survivre" pour ma génération  I write the word "survive" for my generation
J'écris toujours plus fort, j'en ai les yeux qui saignent  I always write so hard, I have eyes that bleed
Aaaaah aaaahh aaaah  Aaaaah aaaah aaaahh
J'écris j'opère et je grave dans la pierre  I write, I work and I engrave in stone
Mais on ne me répond pas  But you don't answer me
J'suis seul sur terre  I'm alone in the world
J'aimerais tant qu'on m'repère  I'd really like someone to notice me
Mais personne ne me voit  But nobody sees me
J'écris pendant les fêtes  I write during the holidays
Quand y'a plus rien à boire  When there's nothing left to drink
J'écris sans queue ni tête  I write without rhyme nor reason
La gueule sur le comptoir  Face slumped on the desk
J'écris sur la police  I write about the police
quand elle chasse le "blédard"  When they're chasing the "blédard"
J'écris au cannabis  I write "cannabis"
Sur les portes des placards  On closet doors
J'écris le mot "respire", sur les pots d'échappements  I write the word "breathe" on exhaust pipes
J'écris le mot "vomir"  I write the word "vomit"
Dans les grands restaurants  In large restaurants
J'écris toujours plus grand  I always write bigger
Aaaaah aaaahh aaaah  Aaaaah aaaah Aaaahh
J'écris tous les mots qui me passent par la tête  I write all the words that go through my head
J'écris partout et jamais rien ne m'arrête  I write everywhere and nothing will ever stop me
J'écris en gros dans tous les coin d'la planète  I write basically in all corners of the world
J'écris tout court et ça en jette I write, that's all, and it makes an impact

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