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She’s a beauty Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Culture, Music

As one of my fellow bloggers said, Claude François was “an iconic French singer who died at 39 years old, and who even [more than] 30 years after his death still fascinates people in France and abroad…”. I suspect that fascination is due in equal parts to his great songs, his tragic death . . . and his crazy dancing! I mean, check him out! As you can see in the video below, he never stops moving!

Belinda*

Il faut que je vous chante pour oublier I must sing to you to forget
Une étoile filante qui m’a quitté A shooting star who has left me
Vous pouvez m’aidez à la trouver You can help me find her
   
Elle a les yeux bleus Belinda She has blue eyes Belinda
Elle a le front** blond Belinda With blond hair framing her face (lit. ‘she has a blond forehead’)
   
Ça fait dix fois qu’elle s’en va et qu’elle revient This is the tenth time that she’s left and that she’s come back
C’est elle qui fait mon cœur et qui défait mon cœur de ses mains She’s the one who makes my heart and unmakes it with her hands
Si vous la voyez Si you see her
Vous la reconnaitrez You will recognize her
   
Elle a les yeux bleus Belinda She has blue eyes Belinda
Elle a le front blond Belinda With blond hair framing her face Belinda
   
Je devrais en avoir l’habitude I should be used to it
Et l’attendre comme je l’ai fait souvent And wait for her like I have often done
Mais j’entends crier ma solitude But I hear my loneliness calling
Je l’appelle et ma voix tombe dans le vent I call her and my voice is lost (falls) in the wind
   
Elle est dans mon sommeil comme une fleur She is in my dreams like a flower
Un soleil sans soleil et sans chaleur A sun without sun and without heat
Vous pouvez m’aider à la trouver You can help me find her
   
Elle a les yeux bleus Belinda She has blue eyes Belinda
Elle a le front blond Belinda With blond hair framing her face Belinda

 

Belinda was reprise (reprised) a few years back by the French singer M. Pokura [if you missed my earlier post you can read a bit more about him here and see his version of Cette annee-la (That year, a French version of the English song Oh What a Night)]. Lequel des deux versions préférerez-vous? (Which version do you like best?)

* Belinda, like a number of Cloclo‘s great hits, is a French remake of an earlier English song released in 1972 by British artist David Parton. (You can hear a version of it here if you like. The lyrics of the English don’t quite align to the French though, so don’t rely on it for your learning.)
** ‘le front’ is literally ‘the forehead’ or ‘the front of the head/face’. Like many words in songs, it is being used here figuratively, most likely to mean that Belinda is blond. As I mentioned, the original English song had different lyrics altogether, so we can’t rely on them!

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About the Author:Tim Hildreth

Lise: Maybe not always. Paris has ways of making people forget. / Jerry: Paris? No, not this city. It's too real and too beautiful. It never lets you forget anything. It reaches in and opens you wide, and you stay that way. / An American in Paris


Comments:

  1. mad tony:

    Clo Clo’s was better


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