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Translation of La Ballade Des Gens Heureux

October 13, 2009

As promised, I’m following up my previous post with a translation of the final track on the album Pépé Goes Français. Extracts of all the songs on the album are provided in the previous post. La ballade des gens heureux was originally written and performed by Gérard Lenorman. Pépé’s rock cover is, in my opinion […]

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Translation of Miss Maggie by Renaud

May 1, 2009

This is one of the most famous French songs for people in the UK. Renaud sings the praises of all women except Margaret Thatcher of whom he thinks rather less. Renaud did record an English version of the song which is included here as a YouTube video beneath the original – it will take you a while to adjust to his accent to understand it! Naturally, his English version it’s not a direct translation because things need to be changed in order to get it to fit and rhyme where necessary.

The translation here is a more direct translation of the French – we are not slaves to poetry or cadence.

As in the previous Renaud translation, there is plenty of French slang (argot) here.

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Translation of Hier Encore by Charles Aznavour

April 3, 2009

Amazon.co.uk Widgets This is a request from my friend Paul who has these lyrics on his fridge.  Hier Encore “Only yesterday” was written in 1961 and has subsequently been released in English with the title “Yesterday when I was young”, and, according to Wikipedia, Italian and Spanish. Videos for both the French and English versions […]

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