La mer rouge (English translation)

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English translation

The Red Sea

If you turn over in your grave
you'll hear pennies falling down.
 
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
There, where you dived for mother-of-pearl
you can find dogends,
Dunlop tires.
Some people hitch their way to the Red Sea.
No more lava in the volcanoes
No more slaves in the boats.
There, where you dived for pink pearls
jet planes are landing around the clock
amidst well watered flowerbeds.
 
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
Nothing stirs in deep waters now.
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
Where are the Secrets of the Red Sea gone?
Where are the Secrets of the Red Sea gone?
 
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
There, where you dived for rare pearls
some yokels set up
their windsurf boards
for a picnic under the stars.
 
One day I wanted to see for myself,
and I saw it all,
I read it all,
I roamed
the lands.
I didn't recognize a thing.
 
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
There, where you dived for mother-of-pearl,
right on the same spot
there's a palace where they
serve you a whisky on the rocks.
 
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
Nothing stirs in deep waters now.
My poor Henry, good old Alfred
My poor Henry Monfreid
Where are the Secrets of the Red Sea gone?
Where are the Secrets of the Red Sea gone?
 
If you turn over in your grave
you'll hear pennies falling down.
 
Submitted by GuestGuest on Tue, 18/10/2016 - 12:17
Author's comments:

The whole song evokes Henry de Monfreid's novel "The secrets of the Red Sea" (1931), as a symbol of the destructiveness of modernity.

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