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Festival Ferré – 13

In English, French, Reading matters on 03/04/2011 at 7:03 pm

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At youtube.com/watch?v=wNP2Q7y-YUI, the brass orchestration is very much 1970s dated but the interpretation of this rather corny song is superb, adding a sense of frailty, power and poetic emotion to this mating of soul and flesh in absentia.

La lettre – Léo Ferré – 1970

The letter

Ton ombre est là, sur ma table, et je ne saurais te dire
Comment le soleil factice des lampes s’en arrange
Je sais que tu es là, que tu ne m’as jamais quitté, jamais
Je t’ai dans moi, au profond, dans le sang, et tu cours dans mes veines
Tu passes dans mon cœur et tu te purifies dans mes poumons
Je t’aime

Your shadow is here, on my table, and I really can’t tell you
How the artificial sun of the lamps copes with it
I know that you are here, that you never left me, never
I have you in me, deep down, in the blood, and you flow in my veins
You enter my heart and purify yourself in my lungs
I love you

Je te bois, je te vis, je t’envulve et c’est bien
Je t’apporte, ce soir, mon enfant de longtemps, celui que je me suis fait, tout seul,
Qui me ressemble, qui te ressemble, qui sort de ton ventre, de ton ventre qui est dans ma tête
Tu es la sœur, la fille, la compagne et la poule de ce Dieu tout brûlant
Qui éclaire nos nuits depuis que nous faisons nos nuits
Je t’aime
Je t’aime

I drink you, I live you, I penetrate you and it’s good
I bring to you tonight my child of old, the one I made for myself by myself
Who looks like me, who looks like you, out of your womb, out of that womb of yours which dwells in my head
You are the sister, the girl, the companion and the slut of this all-burning God
That lights up our nights since we made the nights ours

Il me semble qu’on m’a tiré de toi et qu’on t’a sortie de moi
Quand tu parles, je m’enchante
Quand je chante, je te parle
Nous venons d’ailleurs, tous les deux. Personne ne le sait
Quand je mourrai, tu ne pourras plus vivre que dans l’alarme
Tu n’auras plus un moment à toi
Tu seras mienne, par-delà le chemin qui nous séparera
Et je t’appellerai
Et tu viendras
Si tu mourais, tu m’appellerais

It seems to me I was pulled out of you and you, brought out of me
When you speak, delight is me
When I sing I speak to you
We come from elsewhere, you and I. Nobody knows
When I die, you won’t be able to live any longer except in alarm
You won’t have a moment to yourself any longer
You’ll be mine beyond the track that will keep us apart
And I’ll call out to you
And you’ll come
If you died, you would call me out

Je suis la vie pour toi, et la peine, et la joie, et la Mort
Je meurs dans toi, et nos morts rassemblées feront une nouvelle vie, unique, comme si deux étoiles se rencontraient
Comme si elles devaient le faire de toute éternité, comme si elles se collaient pour jouir à jamais
Ce que tu fais, c’est bien, puisque tu m’aimes
Ce que je fais, c’est bien, puisque je t’aime
A ce jour, à cette heure, à toujours, mon amour
Mon amour…

I am life for you, and sorrow, and joy, and death
I die in you, and our deaths conjoined will make for a new, a unique life, as if two stars met
As if they were meant to from time immemorial, as if they came together to climax for ever
What you do is fine since you love me
What I do is fine since I love you
To this day, to this hour, for all eternity, my love
My love…

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