Sunday, July 20, 2008

A beach funeral

George Brassens lovers on the net have uploaded some amazing performances, including one of what may be my all-time favorite ballad Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète with its eternal exhortation “le vin et le pastis d'abord!”

I don't know why, but this couplet really does it for me:

Trempe, dans l'encre bleue du golfe du Lion,
Trempe, trempe ta plume, ô mon vieux tabellion,

(Dip it in the blue ink of the Gulf of Lion/Dip it, dip your pen, oh my old notary)

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