Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sad and Single
 Jacques Brel

Don't leave me
We must forget
All can be forgotten
Which is already fleeing away
To forget the times
Of misunderstanding
And the lost times
To know how
To forget those hours
Which sometimes killed
With blows of "Why?"
The heart of happiness
Don't leave me (4x)
I will offer you
Pearls of rain
Come from lands
Where it doesn't rain
I will dig the earth
Until after my death
To cover your body
With gold and light
I will make a realm
Where Love will be law
Where Love will be king
And you will be queen
Don't leave me (4x)
Don't leave me
I will invent for you
Senseless words
Which you will understand
I will speak to you
Of those lovers
Who have twice seen
Their hearts ignite
I will tell you
The story of that king
Dead of not having
Been able to meet you
Don't leave me (4x)
It has often been seen
For fire to erupt again
From the extinct volcano
That was thought too old
There are, it seems,
Scorched lands
Yielding more wheat
Than the best April
And when the evening comes
For the sky to blaze
Do the red and the black
Not marry?
Don't leave me (4x)
Don't leave me
I will weep no more
I will speak no more
I will hide myself there
To watch you
Dance and smile
And listen to you
Sing and then laugh
Let me become
The shadow of your shadow
The shadow of your hand
The shadow of your dog
Don't leave me
Don't leave me
Don't leave me
Don't leave me

How can one share a love so strong and then suddenly find oneself alone?
Life is such that  although memories stay with you, life as you lived it, does not.
It keeps changing and moving forward.
People you knew, slowly disappear and you are left with the breath of their laughter, sadness and songs. Ghosts of times past and you think: Those were great times.
All gone and replaced by something other, something not so good or sweet or tender.

You hear the wise words of your Grand Mother who longed for her youth and would have loved to share yours and you would have loved to have shared in hers,. just to know her totally . For this would have been original history right there, to be able to do this and maybe
if people new how to do it, then we would learn to be more human.


Gattina said...

Very good translation ! That's a song I heard in my youth and we danced slows on it !

A Lady's Life said...

lol Gattina some things just never die :)