I so enjoyed my last post on Le Rayol, France and the French Riviera that I’ve not been able to get this song out of my head since. I’ve tried to find a translation for it and this was the best I could come up with, though any suggestions would be welcome.
The clock goes tic-TOC-tick-TAC
Birds on the lake sing pik-PACK-pak
Glou-glou-glou all the turkeys sing
And the pretty bell rings DING-dong-DING
When our heart goes boom!
All join in to say boom!
And it’s love that has awakened
It sang Love in Bloom
At the rhythm of this Boom!
Repeating Boom in our ear
Everything has changed since yesterday
On the street eyes look out of the windows
There’s lilac and there’s helping hands
On the sea the sun will appear
The star of the day makes boom
All join in to say boom
When our hearts go BOOM BOOM
The wind in the wood moans whou-whou
The doe at bay squeals me-Ya-Ya-Ya!!
The broken dish goes fric-frac-FRAC
The wet feet slip flip-flop-flap
When our heart goes boom
Everyone says boom
The bird said boom it’s a storm
After lightning there’s the bang
And the good God says BOOM!
From his armchair of clouds
Because my love is brighter than the lightning
Lighter than a bird or a bee
Then if it goes boom if it makes me angry
It brings with it the wonders
The whole world goes BOOM!
Everyone joins in to say BOOM!
When our hearts go boom-boom
Boom Boom is ours
It directs us BOOM BOOM BOOM!
Charles Trenet (18 May 1913 – 19 February 2001) was a French singer and songwriter, most famous for his recordings from the late 1930s until the mid-1950s, though his career continued through the 1990s. In an era in which it was exceptional for a singer to write his or her own material, Trenet wrote prolifically and declined to record any but his own songs.
His best known songs include “Boum !“, “La Mer“, “Y’a d’la joie”, “Que reste-t-il de nos amours ?“, “Ménilmontant” and “Douce France”. His catalogue of songs is enormous, numbering close to a thousand. What set Trenet’s songs apart were their personal, poetic, sometimes quite eccentric qualities, often infused with a warm wit. Some of his songs had unconventional subject matter, with whimsical imagery bordering on the surreal. “Y’a d’la joie” evokes ‘joy’ through a series of disconnected images, including that of a subway car shooting out of its tunnel into the air, the Eiffel Tower crossing the street and a baker making excellent bread. Source: Wikipedia