Thursday, March 08, 2007

J' veux pas finir mes jours à Tombouctou...

C'est vrai, c'est vrai...


Blogger Miri said...

wow. I couldn't understand the words, of course, but the music was crazy! I've never heard that mix of generes in one song before. the visual bit was cool too. who is this guy? where do you find this stuff?

March 08, 2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


This is a video for a song from an animated film "The Triplets of Belleville". The artist is Mathieu Chedid, who goes by the name of M. He is actually a fairly well known French musician.

The music is imitation of the guitar jazz that was very popular in Europe, and France in particular, in the twenties and early thirties, especially such musicians as Django Reinhardt.

I am glad you enjoyed it.

BTW, here are the English lyrics to the song. It is not a literal translation, but in the general vein...

I won’t finish my life in Timbuktu
Cheeks so tight my lips are turning blue
I'd like to be wrinkled
Utterly wrinkled
Wrinkled like a Triplet from Belleville

Don’t want to wind my days in Acapulco
Stiff as a board dancing tango-tango
I'd love to be twisted
Utterly twisted
Twisted like a Triplet from Belleville
(Come on Girls!)

Swinging Belleville rendez-vous
Marathon dancing doop dee doop
Vaudou Cancan balais taboo
Au Belleville swinging rendez-vous

I won’t be an old man in Singapore
Playing scrabble and eating petits-fours
I want to be wicked,
Utterly wicked,
Wicked like the Triplets from Belleville

I don’t want to end my life in Honolulu
Singing like a bird in an ormolu
I want to be as rough
Every bit as rough
Rough, rough as a Triplet from Belleville


Don’t mind ending my life in Katmandu
Signing with a sitar and a guru
But I’d prefer to be
Utterly flying
Swinging with the Triplets from Belleville
(Come on Girls!)

March 08, 2007 7:43 PM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Completely random unrelated comment: A long, long while ago you asked my thoughts on why Chana (The Curious Jew) has categorized me under "Elemental"... and a thought JUST popped into my mind. Maybe it has to with the title of my blog - The Ignoble Experiment (elements/science/things going boom) that made the association?

March 08, 2007 9:13 PM  
Blogger Miri said...

yeah I picked up on the jazz, but there was other stuff in there too; some of the guitar playing was Spanish styled, for instance. I don't know. anyway, thanks for the name and translation. I'm gonna go watch it again.

March 09, 2007 2:23 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


You have a good ear for music. Like I mentioned before, the music imitates Django Reinhard, who was actually of Gypsy background. When you say that the music sounds Spanish to you, I am guessing you are picking up on the Gypsy influences.

March 09, 2007 6:30 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...


That WAS a long time ago!

March 09, 2007 6:32 AM  
Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

LOL, I can't believe I even remembered that! : )

March 09, 2007 10:56 AM  

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