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 des Frères Jacques

You should listen to this song if : You think you're in a bad shape and/or you think you deserve a loser song today...

About this song : It talks about...a song !

About the author : Les Frères Jacques are a vocal quatuor formed after the war. They had a long career, from 1946 to 1982. They were :
- André Bellec, the founder and the one who maintained discipline,
- his brother Georges Bellec, the funny little guy,
- François Soubeyran, was the tallest, and brought stability,
- Paul Tourenne, was the tenor, the photograph and the interpret of female role.
The fifth member of the group was the pianist : for the first twenty years, Pierre Philippe, and then Hubert Degex, till the group disbanded.
They were famous both for their scene play and their costumes, designed by Jean-Denis Malclès. Their two other most famous songs are "la confiture" and "le général castagnetas".
To know more about them, follow Les Frères Jacques (en français).

Les paroles, and their approximate translation :

C'est une chanson sans calcium, chantée par un pauvre homme qui a mauvaise mine
This is a song without calcium, sung by a poor man who looks ill


C'est une chanson sans calcium, une chanson à la gomme qui manque de vitamine

This is a song without calcium, a pointless song who lacks vitamin

C'est une chanson à virus, une chanson sans tonus, elle est épouvantable

This is a song with a virus, a song without tonicity, it is appalling

C'est une chanson pas dans l'vent, qu'a besoin d'fortifiant, tellement qu'elle est minable

This is not a fashionable song, it needs fortifying, so much as it’s so pathetic




Les paroles sont squelettiques, la musique rachitique, pas question qu'ça balance

The lyrics are skeletal, the music rickety, rhythm is out of question

C'est une chanson sans gimmick, complètement lymphatique, c'est presqu'une ordonnance

This is a song without gimmick, completely lymphatic, it’s almost a prescription

C'est une chanson pas dans le coup, c'est un genre de rock mou, pas pour le hit parade

This is a song out of date, it’s a kind of lifeless rock, not for the charts

C'est une chanson anémiée pour maison de santé, une triste salade

This is an anaemic song for a nursing home, a sad salad




C'est une chanson sans espoir qui raconte l'histoire d'une pauvre infirmière

This is a hopeless song that tells the story of a poor nurse

Amoureuse à en crever d'un docteur diminué aux curieuses manières

Dying of love for a diminished doctor with and odd behavior

C'est une chanson sans issue, qu'ira pas dans la rue car elle est désastreuse

This is a song without exit, that won’t go in the street because it’s disastrous

C'est une chanson imbécile écrite par un bacille pour une intraveineuse

This is a silly song written by a bacillus for an intravenous injection.




Le seul avantage qu'elle a cette chanson raplapla, il est sur la pochette

The only benefit of this dead beat song is on the cover

Vous ne courez aucun risque découpez sur le disque la petite vignette

You take no risk, cut the small sticker on the disk

Découpez la soigneusement, postez la sur le champ, faites vous porter pâle

Cut it carefully, post it immediately, declare that you are sick,

Et vous serez croyez moi, tous remboursés par la sécurité sociale

And you will be, believe me, all reimbursed by the social security




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