Who is Jacques Brel? How did he become a singer? Where is he now?
This 1958 EP contains the songs “The Light will Shine”, “The Man in the City”, “Tomorrow we will Marry” and “Here”. “Tomorrow we will Marry” is a particularly pretty duet and the highlight of this EP:
Below is my poetic translation of J’Arrive by Jacques Brel… From chrysanthemums, to chrysanthemums, All of my friends are now departing. From chrysanthemums, to chrysanthemums, Death’s just a footnote my Dulcinea. From chrysanthemums, to chrysanthemums, Other flowers may try in vain. From chrysanthemums, to chrysanthemums, Men can cry but women rain. I’m here! I came!Continue reading “J’Arrive by Jacques Brel: English Translation”
Below is my poetic translation of Amsterdam by Jacques Brel. This translation aims to be more faithful to the original than the versions performed by David Bowie and Scott Walker… Lyrics In the port of Amsterdam there are sailors that sing Of the dreams that haunt them from the coasts of Amsterdam In the portContinue reading “Amsterdam By Jacques Brel: English Translation And Chords”
First cover: Second Cover: This 1958 EP’s tracks are “The Aria of Stupidity”, “Pardon”, “Happy” and “The Bachelor’s Dance”.
This 1956 EP contains one of Brel’s most famous songs and was his breakthrough single in France. The tracks translate as “When we Only Have Love”, “Wheat”, “Say, if it Were True”, “Saint Peter” and “Pagan Prayer”.
This EP was released in May 1956. A side: Qu’Avons-Nous Fait Bonnes Gens Les Pieds Dans Le Ruisseau S’il Te Faut B side: Il Peut Pleuvoir Il Nous Faut Regarder La Bastille Its tracks translate as “What have we done, good people?”, “Standing in the Stream”, “If you have to”, “Let it Rain”, “We NeedContinue reading “Jacques Brel – No. 2”
In Brel’s first releases, we see a pattern emerging – and the songs on this EP form the blueprints of many themes that emerge throughout Brel’s career, in particular “Grand Jacques” and “Le Diable (Ca Va)”.