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“La Mer” by Charles Trenet Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Culture, Music

If you’re a fan of the late Bobby Darin, you’ve no doubt heard his song “Beyond the Sea” released in 1959. It was a hit back then and is still played quite frequently on the radio today. Darin may have made the song his own and popularized it, but the original belongs to Charles Trenet, un compositeur et chanteur Français (a French composer and singer) who wrote it on a train and recorded it in 1946. Since its release, the song has been adapted to movies, TV shows, even to video games and has been recorded multiple times by a variety of artists.

Imaginez-vous au bord de la mer Méditerranée (Imagine yourself on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea)…


La mer

Qu’on voit danser le long des golfes clairs

A des reflets d’argent

La mer

Des reflets changeants

Sous la pluie


La mer

Au ciel d’été confond

Ses blancs moutons

Avec les anges si purs

La mer bergère d’azur




Près des étangs

Ces grands roseaux mouillés


Ces oiseaux blancs

Et ces maisons rouillées


La mer 

Les a bercés

Le long des golfes claire

Et d’une chanson d’amour

La mer

A bercé mon cœur pour la vie



The sea

We see dancing along the shores of clear bays

Has silver reflections

The sea

Changing reflections

Under the rain


The sea

Under the summer sky confounds

Her white sheep

With the angels so pure

The sea azure shepherdess




By the ponds

Those big wet reeds


Those white birds

And those rusty houses


The sea

Has cradled them

Along the shores of clear bays

And with a love song

The sea

Has rocked my heart for life


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