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Dans les cordes (English translation)

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English translation

On the Ropes

All the lovers of the world stand up straight like an "i"
Fallen from the ladder, disguised as an "l", fallen from the nest
They freeze up the second they tell each other yes
 
All along the waves,
Far from the edge, we baptise love on display
The service and the plunge
Take my bruises
And I'll forget all about it, the witness and the bar(1)
 
It's lively on the paths, the alcoves
It's lively, it's moving, it's moving, it's moving
 
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played to win
And every time someone else will take your place
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played, you played
It's on the ropes that we reveal ourselves, that we show our true colours
 
The eyes of the Mona Lisa embrace me
The places I go, everywhere I end up
Everywhere I tow along my blues and my pain
When fashion(2) comes to butcher everything in its path
 
But you can see me melt on the spot when the day faints
From the body and face of Claudia Cardinale
I'll throw in the towel, the ropes and the weapons
And all the dark things
 
It's lively on the paths, the alcoves
It's lively, it's moving, it's moving, it's moving
 
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played to win
And every time someone else will take your place
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played, you played
It's on the ropes that we reveal ourselves, that we show our true colours
 
It's lively on the paths, the alcoves
It's lively, it's moving, it's moving, it's moving
 
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played to win
And every time someone else will take your place
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played, you played
It's on the ropes that we reveal ourselves, that we show our true colours
 
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played to win
And every time someone else will take your place
You fought hard, but
You give, you give, you give and don't stop
You played, you played
It's on the ropes that we reveal ourselves, that we show our true colours
 
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Submitted by noir-keller on Wed, 25/04/2018 - 17:27
Author's comments:

(1) I mostly wasn't sure how to translate "barre" in this context - there were about a dozen different possibilities, many of which could have fit with the song. Since it also mentions "témoin" (witness) I'm partial to translating it as "bar" (as in, a witness stand). But I could be completely missing the mark. KYO's songs are very poetic and ambiguous at best.

(2) Once again, I feel like "fashion" isn't the right word here, but neither is "method", or...any of the other translations I can come up with. So go figure.

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