Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy Bastille Day!

To all our readers in France.

To celebrate France's national day, here's a video of one of my favourite chansonierres, the legendary Gilbert Becaud, singing his 1967 hit, L'Important C'Est La Rose'. I once wrote that my idea of heaven was sitting in a smoke-filled bar at 3 o'clock in the morning and hearing this song on the juke-box for the fifth time in two hours. It still is. I hope you enjoy it too.


Anonymous said...

Could you please give an example of your skill in the French language...

Teresa said...

Allons enfants de la patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé !
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes,
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes !

Aux armes, citoyens !
Formez vos bataillons !
Marchons ! Marchons !
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !

Neil Clark said...

merci beaucoup, Teresa.
anonymous: Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire quand tu seras plus grand?