Jacques Brel - Le Bon Dieu (English translation)

English translation

God

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You
You, if you were God
You would let the old ones waltz
on the stars
You
You, if you were God
you would let the vagrants
on the ball
 
You
You, if you were God
You wouldn't stint just on the
blue sky
But
You are not God
You, you are much better
You are a human being*
 
You are a human being
You are a human being
 
Submitted by Ice300 on Sun, 29/04/2012 - 20:02
Added in reply to request by drakesdrum
Last edited by Ice300 on Thu, 29/08/2013 - 18:09
Author's comments:

* "homme" can be either "man" or "human"

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This is a free translation, the way I understood it. If you have any questions or corrections feel free to post them.

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DoctorofVoice    Tue, 13/08/2013 - 01:22
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-ais=2nd person conditional. For the first two instances "could" might be a better English syntax.

Stint? While correct, it's rarely used. "You wouldn't (or couldn't) skimp on the blue sky." perhaps. "Way more better?" I don't think so, a race specific colloquialism--dangerous. "You, you are much better." Es ist genug.

Ice300    Thu, 29/08/2013 - 18:08

So you'd translate it with "you, if you could be god"?

Thank's for the corrections.