Des de Moor
From Chanson: The Space In Between
Barb Jungr's chanson album including five original translations by Des.
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When Barb Jungr asked me to get involved in her chanson project, we agreed that we would look for some material which is rarely, if ever, performed in English to include alongside the slightly better known Brel and Piaf repertoire. We settled on two songs from Monaco-born singer-songwriter, poet, eccentric and anarchist Léo Ferré.
This particular piece was a beautiful and very affecting song, but with its dense word-play, rhyme scheme and short lines it was one of the biggest challenges I've yet encountered as a translator.
All these streets
Where the past
The day off
Our sore heads
That old dear
For the drunkards
Was no harder
Shame itís just
When the reason
Is the question
The years fade
Rows of shops
No more words
Thatís where it began
Translation: Deptford, 6 July 1999
© Copyright 1967 The Estate of Léo Ferré. Translated by permission of Marie Christine Ferré
Originally recorded by Léo Ferré 1967, now available on Avec le temps... (Barclay)
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