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I Came Here To Tell You That I'm Leaving. ("Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais.")

"Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais."

Serge Gainsbourg

http://youtu.be/--BTGqJmhow

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To my country:

I haven't abandoned you, France.

I'm only leaving you alone for a little while.



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Merci beaucoup.

I'm a little more than halfway through Pimsleur French I.

Just learning for the hell of it.

Nice song.

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Great. Just great. Now I have to learn stinkin' French.

How super-fantastic is that? :(

(At least I already have the weird heavy breathing part down) :)

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There you go:

There you go:

http://www.myownrole.com/jesuisvenutedirequejemenvais.html

Seems like few ever tried to translate that one (which barely makes any sense with songs, anyway).

Translation linked above I just discovered, is pretty good, IMO, though! I don't think I could do better.

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A little bit still gets lost, to be honest... The translator seemingly made the choice of the simplest literal one he could get without the english getting awkward, I'd say.

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You don't really want to understand that song's lyrics.

You don't really want to understand that song's lyrics.

It's a pretty sad one.

But I've always found the music and tone interesting enough on their own.

Let me see if I can pull up a translation if you're curious, though...

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Don't go to too much effort just for me...

unless there's a cool line worth memorizing like from Poe's Angel of the Odd:
beaucoup de bonheur et un peu plus de bon sens.
(lots of luck and a little more common sense [???])

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Lots of happiness and a bit

Lots of happiness and a bit more of good sense

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Gainsbourg's song is quite interesting.

Gainsbourg's song is quite interesting.

But Verlaine's poem (that his song draws from), is much more so:

"Chanson d'automne" (Autumn song)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanson_d'automne

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Thanks. I'll check it out.

I cut my comment out of the 'Old People' post - irrelevant - but here it is:
BTW, I wouldn't take it on myself to argue with De Gaulle, but I recall an argument that the quality of complaints of a people is proportional to the quality of their problems. An example might be that a population under tyranny and without electricity would complain/be concerned with the electricity first, and only worry about the tyranny once the lights were working properly again. Management of the Absurd was the name of the tape course.

It seems like that is what the system does to people - they either create or emphasize little things for people to 'whine' about, and if or when that little problem is solved they've got another one lined up. In this way the masses never get around to addressing the big problems because there are so many little ones to fix first. Another example might be a house with a sinking foundation and a leaky roof - until the roof is fixed the foundation is something that can be worried about later since it's an older, slower moving problem that can wait longer to be fixed.

(edit - yeah, that poem is kind of disturbing)

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