Clara By Jacques Brel: English Translation

Here’s my poetic translation of the 1961 song “Clara” by Jacques Brel… I love you so, ClaraI love you soI love you so, ClaraI love you so At the carnival of RioYou’re always the sameAt the carnival of RioYou never change And, me I died in ParisA long time agoI died of boredomWaiting for youContinue reading “Clara By Jacques Brel: English Translation”

Jacques Brel – No. 11

This 1961 EP is an intriguing mixture of Brel’s classic style of chanson with the Latin-inspired jazz of the song “Clara”, which reflected Brel’s growing popularity in South American countries such as Argentina. “Clara” is an interesting song which revolves around a heartbreak set within the backdrop of Rio’s Carnival, where the narrator laments hisContinue reading “Jacques Brel – No. 11”

Jacques Brel – No. 10

The first track to this 1961 EP was translated (somewhat poorly) as “Seasons in the Sun”. Like most of the translations of Brel’s work, “Seasons in the Sun” takes away Brel’s dark humour and dumbs down the lyrics. The tracks are “The Dying Man (Seasons in the Sun)”, “We Don’t Forget” and “The Drunk”…

Grand Jacques by Jacques Brel: English Translation

This is one of Jacques Brel’s first recorded songs and is originally titled “Grand Jacques”. It introduces listeners to the themes that would later appear throughout Jacques Brel songs, such as death, love and war. Lyrics It’s too easy to enter the churches And beg for your salvation, Face the priest who sits in theContinue reading “Grand Jacques by Jacques Brel: English Translation”

My Death By Jacques Brel: English Translation

“My Death”, originally titled “La Mort”, is one of Jacques Brel’s most covered songs. Most notable are the covers by Scott Walker and David Bowie, although the translation they used in their interpretations differs greatly from the original piece. Here is my updated, poetic English translation of Jacques Brel’s “My Death”: Lyrics My death waitsContinue reading “My Death By Jacques Brel: English Translation”

Jacques Brel – No. 7

This 1960 EP sold over 500000 copies in half a year and contains Brel’s most covered song which has been translated into English as “If you go Away”. A side: “La Valse À Mille Temps“ “La Tendresse” B side: “Ne Me Quitte Pas” “La Dame Patronesse” These titles translated into English are as follows: “The WaltzContinue reading “Jacques Brel – No. 7”