Jacques Brel – Avec élégance

Filed under: French songs,Jacques Brel — marcel barang @ 3:04 pm
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A master song. One of his last, published after his death. Cela s’écoute sur YouTube.

Avec élégance – (2003)
With elegance
Se sentir quelque peu Romain
Mais au temps de la décadence
Gratter sa mémoire à deux mains
Ne plus parler qu’à son silence
Ne plus vouloir se faire aimer
Pour cause de trop peu d’importance
Être désespéré
Mais avec élégance
Sentir la pente plus glissante
Qu’au temps où le corps était mince
Lire dans les yeux des ravissantes
Que cinquante ans c’est la province
Brûler sa jeunesse mourante
Mais faire celui qui s’en dispense
Être désespéré
Mais avec élégance
Sortir pour traverser des bars
Où l’on est chaque fois le plus vieux
Y éclabousser de pourboires
Quelques barmans silencieux
Grignoter des banalités
Avec des vieilles en puissance
Être désespéré
Mais avec élégance
Savoir qu’on a toujours eu peur
Savoir son poids de lâcheté
Pouvoir se passer de bonheur
Savoir ne plus se pardonner
N’avoir plus grand-chose à rêver
Mais écouter son cœur qui danse
Être désespéré
Mais avec espérance
Feeling somewhat like a Roman
But in times of their decline
Scratching your memory with both hands
No longer speaking but to your silence
No longer wanting to be loved
For reason of making too little difference
Being desperate
But with elegance
Feeling the slope more slippery than
In those days when your body was slim
Reading in pretty women’s eyes
That past fifty is the back of beyond
Setting fire to your dying youth
But acting as if you need not do so
Being desperate
But with elegance
Going out and hopping across pubs
In each of which you’re the oldest
Spattering tips over
A few silent barmen
Frittering away platitudes
With tomorrow’s old biddies
Being desperate
But with elegance
Knowing that you’ve always been scared
Knowing how much you rate in terms of cowardice
Being able to go without happiness
Knowing how to no longer forgive yourself
Having nothing much to wish for anymore
But listening instead to your heart’s dance
Being desperate
But with expectation

1 Comment »

  1. I don’t even know what to say, this made things so much eaeris!

    Comment by Josie — 11/05/2017 @ 10:13 am | Reply

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