Season 508 - The French Connection

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Hello again, Ylle ... I didn't mean to come back again so soon, but I suddenly remembered this classic French song; although this version is mainly in English. Actually, my abiding memory of the song is when a friend, who had just started learning the guitar, decided to sing it at a school concert; she got about halfway through and then ran off the stage and fled to the cloakroom in tears. It took about ten of us to convince her that she really wasn't that bad! I promise that I will not dissolve in tears and run to the cloakroom if I get any adverse comments!

 

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The strange young man who comes to me
A soldier on a three day spree
He needs one night's cheap ecstasy
And a woman's arms to hide him
He greets me with a courtly bow
And hides his pain by acting proud
He drinks too much and he laughs too loud
How can I deny him.
Let us dance beneath the moon
I'll sing to you 'Claire de Lune'
The morning always comes too soon
But tonight the war is over
He speaks to me in schoolboy French
Of a soldiers life inside a trench
Of the look of death and the ghastly stench
I do my best to please him
He puts two roses in a vase
Two roses sadly out of place
Like the gallant smile on his haggard face
Playfully I tease him
Hold me neath the Paris skies
Let's not talk of how or why
Tomorrow's soon enough to die
But tonight the war is over
We make love too hard too fast
He falls asleep his face a mask
He wakes with the shakes and he drinks from his flask
I put my arms around him
They die in the trenches and they die in the air
In Belguim and France the dead are everywhere
They die so so fast there's no time to prepare
A decent grave to surround them
Old world glory old world fame
The old worlds gone gone up in flames
Nothing will ever be the same
And nothing lasts forever
Oh I'd pray for him but I've forgotten how
And there's nothing nothing that can save him now
There's always another with the same funny bow
And who am I to deny them
Tonight the war is over
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: David C. Olney
Incredible. Thank you for posting the lyrics. Powerful stuff.
 

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I've never been to France, and my attempts to learn the language died after I couldn't figure out how to count in French. (Man, that's so confusing!) But thank you, Ylle, for hosting and for your exceptional generosity in the prize you've offered. My feeble attempt to enter this contest follows.

 

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Bon soir, Ylle! And, thank you for hosting this saison magnifique. Here is another one from Cole Porter's 1953 musical, Can-Can. I have been on an album project at the Saturday open mic and this one came up many weeks ago. The album is Red, Hot & Blue, and came out in 1990 to raise money for AIDS research. All the songs on the album are Cole Porter pieces being covered by artists who were very popular in 1990. This one was covered by a group called Les Negresses Vertes.

I Love Paris
Cole Porter
1953
AMAZING! When I grow up I want to play like you.
 

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Trying to get to Holland or France
Finally made the plane into Paris
Honeymooning down by the Seine
Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton...............

 

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Bonsoir, dear Seasonistas! Or bonjour, if it is currently le jour chez vous. Thank you for your submissions from Sunday and Monday so far.

The French Season has started well and the playlist is now updated. We have some classic songs I hoped to hear this week, but also some originals and some less-known but brilliant tunes. Merci beaucoup!
 

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SOTU 508 - Sacre bleu! I had to be very careful spelling "Hors D'Oeuvre." This fun little tune was on Mull's 1978 album "Mulling It Over." Although he is more well known as an actor, Mull is also a musician and painter. His records incorporate comedy with titles like "Sex snd Violins," and "Days of Wine and Neuroses."
 

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Bonsoir, Ylle!

Thank you for hosting!
I've been absent for a couple of weeks but I couldn't pass up an excuse to play this Bonnie Tyler song...

 

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Bonsoir tout le monde, et merci Ylle. Voici un chanson de l'orchestre de lumière électrique, avec un vers en Français:


It's been a while since I tried speaking French. I had to look up too many of those words. I hope Mr Smythe isn't checking up on me...
 

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Plaisir D'Amour
I think I first heard this song from one of Joan Baez's early LPs. I have played it as a finger-picked guitar instrumental, but this is the first time I've tried the vocal.
Pardon My French please Ylle.


Sorry Val, I just noticed that I've done your song. I'm off to listen to you now.
 

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the bbc, on discovering what this week's theme was, very kindly showed the french film "portrait de la jeune fille en feu" ("portrait of a lady on fire") at the weekend, i think it might have been the UK terrestrial TV premiere, i certainly hadn't seen it before, it was very good, and very french, and here is a homemade song inspired by it...

en feu

(on fire)

 

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Here's another favorite of mine...Zaz's Si Jamais J'oublie. I based my cover on Chloe Stafler's version. I honestly think this song is about Alzheimer's, but that's just my interpretation.

I mostly worked out the arrangement on my 30 mile bike ride this afternoon. I recorded it when I got home.

EDIT - I'm going to re-record the keys. I'm getting too much external noise for my taste.
 
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I have recently walked "The Trail of the Exiles" a path from "Spanish" Catalonia over the Pyrenes into "French" Catalonia. It is one of the paths trod by hundreds of thousands of Spanish Republicans fleeing the vengeance of Franco towards the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

Before I came here, I had assumed that the French Socialist Government of Léon Bloom must have welcomed them with open arms. It was only when I met a couple of people who had been on that trail in 1939 that I learned the truth. If you want to find out more after hearing the song, check out the wonderful animated film "Josep" by Aurel about one of the exiles who drew the conditions in the camps.

Hope you like:

 

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Thanks for hosting Ylle here is a beatles classic with un petite morceaux de Francais
 

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This one was banned in several countries for Its sexual content but soared in the charts in UK and Ireland. Serge Gainsbourg not only wrote the song but also directed an erotic film of the same name Including the singer Jane Birkin .

 
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Sono qui! After a couple of weeks away traveling for work. This song only mentions France in passing, but given that Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day in the States) is Thursday I hope that you will indulge me Ylle.


I’m partial to the Kinks Some Mother’s Son, but IMO this is up there with the best anti-war songs out there.

Thanks for hosting Ylle, and for offering such a generous prize.
 

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What a nice theme, Ylle! I wanna improve my french until we're the next time in France, and I like a lot Frederic/Reinhard Mey, a german singer-songwriter, with a big career in .de and in the 1970s also in France. First a song from Georges Brassens from 1953, french and subtitled:

 

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I had a bit of spare time, so I worked on the first French sarabande by Gaspar Sanz in an arrangement by UU member Rob MacKillop. It's from his popular book 20 Spanish Baroque Pieces by Gaspar Sanz Arranged for Uke.
Here's his website