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Pierre de Gaillande - Song For The Countryman (Chanson pour l'Auvergnat)

  • Artist: Pierre de Gaillande
  • Album: Bad Reputation: Pierre De Gaillande Sings Georges Brassens
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Song For The Countryman (Chanson pour l'Auvergnat)

This is the song I sing for you
Humble man of the country who
Gave me some wood to warm my bones
When all in my life had grown cold
You who gave me some fire when
Decent ladies and gentlemen
All of the well-intentioned folks
Had slammed the door shut in my nose
It may have been just a small fire
But still it warmed me to my core
And it burns in me evermore
As bright as a festive bonfire
 
You, my good man, when you go away
When the undertaker takes your remains
May he drive you across the skies to eternal life
 
This is the song I sing for you
You the humble hostess who
Gave me four pieces of bread when
My rations had grown awful thin
You who opened your cupboard when
Decent ladies and gentlemen
All of the well-intentioned folks
Considered my fasting a joke
It was just bread, a tiny piece
But still it warmed me to my core
And it burns in me evermore
As grand as a sumptuous feast
 
You, humble hostess, when you go
The undertaker will take your bones
May he drive you across the skies to eternal life
 
This is the song I sing for you
Unassuming stranger who
Gave me a sad and knowing grin
When the chief of police took me in
You who did not clap your hands when
Decent ladies and gentlemen
All of the well-intentioned folks
Laughed as I went in the yoke
It may have been just a small smile
But still it warmed me to my core
And it burns in me evermore
As hot as the summer sunshine
 
You, dear stranger, when you go away
When the undertaker takes your remains
May he drive you across the skies to eternal life
 
Submitted by sundaytapesundaytape on Thu, 29/05/2014 - 20:01
Last edited by sundaytapesundaytape on Thu, 25/06/2015 - 14:33
Submitter's comments:

Writer: Georges Brassens
English translation by Pierre de Gaillande
The original French lyrics can be found here:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/georges-brassens-chandon-pour-lauvergnat-l...

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