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Avignon, puis encore comme ça

Lyric #3015 by bassMonkey

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Around eight o'clock on a perfect day,
In old Avignon at a small café,
I watch as a man paces up and down,
Stares at his 'phone with his face in a frown,
He rechecks the time but she's clearly late,
Not the best way to start out on a date,
And I hope it'll be OK...
But I know it won't be.

Les beaux messieurs font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.

I get more coffee and that's when I see,
The woman in black as she walks past me,
She looks so sad as she heads for the store,
It's not hard to guess what she's shopping for,
The clink of the bottles give her away,
As she passes by the opposite way,
And I hope that she's OK...
But I know she isn't.

Les belles dames font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.

Céleste arrives then and sits down with me,
About as excited as she can be,
There's a huge party tonight on the coast,
And her best friend is a friend of the host,
Her car's by a church two minutes away,
So how would I like to come out to play?
And so I just say "OK!"...
And I really mean it.

Les filles font comme ça
Et puis encore comme ça.
Edited by bassMonkey on Agosto 25 2022 23:39
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[notes]
A typical evening in Avignon for those that have not been (and if not, what are you waiting for?)
The parts in French are clearly re-purposed from the song about the bridge although done in a (hopefully) wistful way with (on the whole) a sadder meaning.

If anyone can basically mash up Tom's Diner with Sur le pont d'Avignon, it's me.

I was toying with the idea of translating it all into French but my skills may not be up to it - anyway, this is what I have done so far. If any fluent speakers feel disposed to comment on
whether it works (or indeed make suggestions) I would be extremely grateful!


À peu près huit heures par un jour parfait,
En Avignon dans un petit café,
Je regarde un homme qui faire les cent pas,
Et je crains que le malheur ne seras,
Il dit à son téléphone - "où es-tu?!?"
Un mauvais début pour cette rendez-vous,
Et moi, j'espère que ça ira...
Mais je sais que ç'est sera pas.

Les beaux messieurs font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.


Je commande plus de café que je vois,
Une belle femme en noir qui passe devant moi,
Si triste quand elle marche vers la cave à vins,
Je sais ce qu'elle achète au magasin,
Parce que ces bouteilles raconte une histoire,
Et quand elle repasse c'est si clair pour voir,
Et j'espère qu'elle va bien...
Mais je sais qu'elle ne l'est pas.

Les belles dames font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.


Céleste arrivé et s'assied avec moi,
Elle est très excitée, je demande pourquoi,
Il y a une grande fête ce nuit sur la côte,
Et sa meilleure amie connaît bien l'hôte,
Sa voiture garée à proximité,
Ce soir allons-nous tous les deux jouer?
Et donc je dis juste "OK"!...
Et je le pense vraiment.

Les filles font comme ça,
Et puis encore comme ça.
Edited by bassMonkey on Agosto 25 2022 23:40
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Great translation, c'est très bien ! I will message you in a day or two, mais c'est quasiment parfait ;) beau texte, bravo :)
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[wl]251542[/wl]

Finally ! i hope that you find this version pleasant, merci beaucoup pour ce texte, have a very nice day :)
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Very Very pleasant, Oko. Beautifully sung. I love your voice. <3 ;) :)
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