Stromae - Bâtard (English translation)



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English translation


Neither one nor the other, I am, I was and I'll remain myself
You're Right-wing or you're Letf-wing?
You're yokel or Parisian bobo?
Either one or the other
You're a man or you perish
Culture or pathetic¹
Feminist or shut up
Either you're macho or homo
But you're phobic or sexual
Miscreant or terrorist
You're long-haired or else you're bearded
Conspiratorist², Illuminati
Mythomaniacist² or sell-out?
Nothing at all or all immediatly
Radically or undecided
Haw, you change your mind idiot?
But you're Hutu or Tutsi?
Fleming or Walloon?
You have dangling arms or you are influential?
Finally you're racist?
But you're white or else brown, eh?
Neither one nor the other
Bastard, you are, you was and you remain it
Neither one nor the other, I am, I was and I'll remain myself (x4)
Ho, sorry, Mister doesn't take sides
Mister isn't racist, seeing that Mister doesn't get attachments
Anyway Mister has a black friend, and an Aryan friend too
It goes right over the mister's head, besides all it, it's useless
It's better to do nothing than to do harm
Hands in the shit or else in the annals
Asshole or else thinking the world revolves around you
Mister think you are the cat's whiskers
Above all not raise hell, have to quiet, eh?
Have to be kind, have to be cuddly
Have to be in on it, have to be hip
To be thought hightly of everywhere, eh?
Neither one nor the other
Bastard, you are, you was and you remain it
Neither one nor the other, I am, I was and I'll remain myself
Neither one nor the other
Bastard, you are, you was and you remain it
Submitted by Lolaska on Sun, 25/08/2013 - 17:52
Added in reply to request by achirnoaga
Last edited by Lolaska on Fri, 30/01/2015 - 18:46
Author's comments:

¹ Play on words with the verb "perish" -> puericulture and peripathetic as homophobic/homosexual

² Maybe neologism or else in french we say "conspirateur" not "conspirationniste" and "Mythoman" not "mythomaniste' so I copied.

Pleaaaase, remember the lyrics and its traduction are COMPLETLY FREE, don't ask me the rigths to use them! And don't hesitate to fix my faults !

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HelenMyers    Sun, 15/12/2013 - 16:39

Thanks SO much for this translation - it is not easy for native English speakers to see all the inferences / references or to know the 'verlan', so I really appreciate your footnotes. I'm going to make some minor changes and share this with my students. If you're interested I'll post the changes here (but I don't want to appear to criticise. . this is so good!)

Lolaska    Wed, 18/06/2014 - 00:38

Ahah There are no problems madam!
Don't hesitate to tell me the mistakes in the text, I will modify.

paizlea    Fri, 11/07/2014 - 20:19

I love this translation, thanks!

Just a suggestion: "Monsieur" would be better translated as "Mister" rather than "Ser". Mister is frequently used as a generic reference to a man, whereas Sir is almost always used as an honorific. Also, "ser" is spelled "sir."

Also, what is the definition of "Mythoman"?

Lolaska    Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:56

Hi Paizlea, thanks for your comment!

I chose "Ser" instead of "Mister" because in the french intonation the word "Monsieur" is exaggerated in order to sound like a blame, "Ser" is understandably an "archaïsm" and so, "mister" is too common.
Tell me what do you think about my reading, I changed "ser" in "mister" anyway.

"Un mythoman, a mythomaniac" is someone lying a lot, everytime, for no reasons to the point that it's an obsession/ a disease!

Dydy Tzatziki    Fri, 09/10/2015 - 22:48

Thaaanks a lot. I love french art(music, acting) I just didn't have the opportunity to learn this poetic language. This is awsome what u do Regular smile

Lolaska    Sat, 10/10/2015 - 10:46

Ohw thanks you so much ! It's for people that I'm crazy about translating ! You really pleased me, never stop to love our language and our art *_*

Alma Barroca    Sat, 10/10/2015 - 14:09

Do you speak French? You haven't selected any languages in your profile.

Lolaska    Sat, 10/10/2015 - 16:01

Yes I do, I am french ! ^^

In my profile it's written "Languages: native French"

Alma Barroca    Sat, 10/10/2015 - 21:21

I was actually talking to Dydy Tzatziki. 5 star ratings with comments like 'Thanks' are usually suspicious, specially when the voter hadn't selected any language in their profile.

Lolaska    Sun, 11/10/2015 - 11:32

Oh sorry ^^

Behemoth    Mon, 08/01/2018 - 23:30

How long did it take you to become fluent in two languages?