Below is my poetic translation of ‘Mon Pere Disait’ by Jacques Brel. Particular attention has been paid to keeping the rhyme and flow of the piece while retaining the poetic origins of the French lyric. My father said: It’s the north wind that makes the sea walls creak At Scheveningen, at Scheveningen, petit, It’s soContinue reading “Mon Pere Disait By Jacques Brel: English Translation”
Here’s Volume Two in my series of English language Jacques Brel covers!
Brel’s fourth ‘album’, often referred to as “La Valse A Mille Temps”, was released in 1959. It was Brel’s first album to be released after a legendary performance at the Olympia in Paris which brought Brel much critical acclaim.
Jacques Brel autographs pop up every now and then online or in auctions, and a lot of money can be spent on collecting them.
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)”.