The Important Thing Is the Rose

French

L'important, C'est La Rose

Toi Qui Marches Dans Le Vent,
seul Dans La Trop Grande Ville,
avec Le Cafard Tranquille,
du Passant
toi Qu'elle A Laissé Tomber
pour Courir Vers D'autres Lunes,
pour Courir D'autres Fortunes,
l'important…

l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
crois-Moi…

toi Qui Cherches Quelque Argent
pour Te Boucler La Semaine,
dans La Ville, Tu Promènes
ton Ballant,
cascadeur, Soleil Couchant,
tu Passes Devant Les Banques,
si Tu N'es Qu'un Saltimbanque,
l'important…

l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
crois-Moi…

toi, Petit, Que Tes Parents
ont Laissé Seul Sur La Terre
petit Oiseau Sans Lumière
sans Printemps
dans Ta Veste De Drap Blanc
il Fait Froid Comme En Bohème
t'as Le Coeur Comme En Carême
et Pourtant…

l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
crois-Moi…

toi Pour Qui, Donnant Donnant,
j'ai Chanté Ces Quelques Lignes,
comme Pour Te Faire Un Signe
en Passant
dis À Ton Tour Maintenant
que La Vie N'a D'importance
que Pour Une Fleur Qui Danse
sur Le Temps…

l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
crois-Moi…

l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
l'important,
c'est La Rose,
crois-Moi…

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English

The Important Thing Is the Rose

You who walk in the wind
Alone in the too-big city
With the gentle boredom
of passing
You who she let go of
To run towards other moons
To run from other destinies
The important thing...

The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
Believe me...

You who look for a little money
To get you through the week
In the town, you walk
Your swinging
stuntman, sun going to sleep,
You pass in front of banks,
If you are nothing but an acrobat,

The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
Believe me...

You, little one, who your parents
left alone on earth
Little bird without light
Without spring
In your jacket of white cloth
It's cold like in Bohemia
You have a heart like in Lent
And however...

The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
Believe me...

You for whom, giving giving,
I sang these few lines
As if to give you a sign
in passing
Say in your turn now
That life has no importance
Except for a flower that dances
on top of time...

The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
Believe me...

The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
The important thing
Is the rose
Believe me...

Submitted by shisa on Sun, 02/10/2011 - 01:31
Last edited by shisa on Fri, 10/10/2014 - 21:39
Author's comments:

This is a beautiful song. I have no idea why all of the words in the original lyrics are capitalized. Can anyone explain that to me or is it just a thing?

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mickthemiller     September 23rd, 2014

Sorry, Shisa (if you're still there) but I think you've misunderstood 'cafard' in the first stanza. It does indeed mean cockroach in the real world, but it was regularly used in the French army - esp. the Foreign Legion - to mean a sort of deadly depressive tedium, often leading to either desertion or suicide.

Le Cafard Tranquille here would translate, I think, to something like 'gentle boredom'. Like you, I've no idea what's behind the capital letters in the original, but I'd guess it's just the lyricist being pretentious.

shisa     October 20th, 2014

Yes, I am still here, and I've fixed it! Thank you for the correction; I always appreciate help, since I'm nowhere near to a native understanding when it comes to slang.

mickthemiller     October 23rd, 2014

Glad you're alive and well. One last thing while I'm here, then I promise I'll go away. In Stanza 3, I don't think 'froid comme en Boheme' relates to Bohemia the region which - as far as I know - is no more famously cold than anywhere else in the CzechRep. I'm not as sure about this as I was about 'cafard' but my firm guess is that it refers to La Boheme the opera (regularly shortened to 'Boheme' by luvvies) and specifically to Mimi's tiny hand being frozen on account of her living in a chilly garret on account of having no money. Suggest something like "It's as cold (in Paris) as it was for Mimi" to underline the reference, but it does come over a bit clunky.

Best wishes - you're providing a valuable International Rescue Service !

mickthemiller     October 23rd, 2014

I've had second thoughts here; to my mind, the translator's job is to convey the writer's meaning accurately in the new language, but not necessarily to pick up every reference or explain every allusion. In this instance, I think it would be enought to say "cold as in La Boheme", put the name in italics (which I can't seem to do on this site) and let the readers truffle about if they want to.