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    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre (Eng&Fre)

    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre

    In agony away
    Morose per se
    Je chante une chanson sombre

    The lyrics flow
    But meaningless, lo
    Veux-tu chanter une chanson sombre?

    In fields of orchids
    There play those kids
    Je veux connaitre leur idée de la vie.


    Don`t I vie
    The soul defies
    Mais pense-t-il à moi?

    In anguish lost
    And sob I must
    Je mange ma chair, et bois mon sang

    Moans of pain
    Heart was slain
    Je chante une chanson sombre
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    I am all ready for explanations and translation.
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    Last edited by Poetess; 02-08-2009 at 05:52 PM.
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    Poetess, that is wonderful. Of course i don't understand it, but from the sound of the language it's beautiful. I can hear music in it. I would love to hear this out loud. I love the way you handled the going back and forth. And the structure of the third line in French really holds this together.
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    Yes, I always find myself holding structures together.
    Need I translate these French verses dear Virgil?
    I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre
    The Lady of Mine - Opinion please
    A tragedy crept to the name Bathory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetess View Post
    Yes, I always find myself holding structures together.
    Need I translate these French verses dear Virgil?
    I would like that eventually. But I didn't want to ruin it for others up front. I think the poem is beautiful as is right now and didn't want to spoil that for others. If you don't mind, could you PM me the translations?
    LET THERE BE LIGHT

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    I like your poem, Poetess. I think it is the beauty and mystery of the French language, and the intermingling of the English and French that give this poem it's charm. Well done.
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    Very pretty. But it should be "veux-tu chanter" in the second stanza.

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    Je Chante une Chanson Heureuse

    Yet another lugubrious young lady on the forum; it seems to be full of them. As an antidote to this sad state of affairs I offer the following:

    Happy and gay
    In the old fashioned way
    Je chante une chanson heureuse

    The lyrics flow
    And with happiness glow
    Veux tu chanter une chanson heureuse?

    In fields of orchids
    There play those kids
    Je connais leur idee de la vie

    There's no need to cry
    Let misfortune fly
    Je sais qu'il pense de moi

    All anguish is past
    I'm happy at last
    Je mange pas ma chair ou bois mon sang

    As joys unfurl
    Around this girl
    Je chante une chanson heureuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterfly View Post
    Very pretty. But it should be "veux-tu chanter" in the second stanza.
    Yes yes true, excuse me, i`m originally English Educated and I do not know French but a little. That was a struggle for me to put a sentence together. Thanks a lot again. x


    Brian Bean, that was lovely of you. I am sure I will sing this one day.
    I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre
    The Lady of Mine - Opinion please
    A tragedy crept to the name Bathory

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    Oh, dear qimissung, I forgot to thank you. I shall make it up.
    I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre
    The Lady of Mine - Opinion please
    A tragedy crept to the name Bathory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Bean View Post
    Yet another lugubrious young lady on the forum; it seems to be full of them. As an antidote to this sad state of affairs I offer the following:

    Happy and gay
    In the old fashioned way
    Je chante une chanson heureuse

    The lyrics flow
    And with happiness glow
    Veux tu chanter une chanson heureuse?

    In fields of orchids
    There play those kids
    Je connais leur idee de la vie

    There's no need to cry
    Let misfortune fly
    Je sais qu'il pense de moi

    All anguish is past
    I'm happy at last
    Je mange pas ma chair ou bois mon sang

    As joys unfurl
    Around this girl
    Je chante une chanson heureuse
    I like this poetic response to Poetess' poem. It's quite happy and all positive.

    But I think it should be "je mange pas ma chair ni bois mon sang" in the 5th verse...
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    "Je ne mange pas ma chair ni bois mon sang" should that be.
    The negative form of a verb in French should be preceded by ne and followed by pas
    I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre
    The Lady of Mine - Opinion please
    A tragedy crept to the name Bathory

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    You're right, Poetess. But isn't "Je mange pas" also accepted as slang? Just a question. I'm studying French but I'm not that good at it yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetess View Post
    Yes yes true, excuse me, i`m originally English Educated and I do not know French but a little. That was a struggle for me to put a sentence together. Thanks a lot again. x
    Don't be sorry! Your poem is very melodious (Verlaine influence, maybe? have you read his poems?), and I just wanted to help out with the French bits.

    You're right, Poetess. But isn't "Je mange pas" also accepted as slang? Just a question. I'm studying French but I'm not that good at it yet...
    je mange pas is not slang, it's laziness You'll hear it a lot, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystalmoonshin View Post
    You're right, Poetess. But isn't "Je mange pas" also accepted as slang? Just a question. I'm studying French but I'm not that good at it yet...
    No I don`t think so. As I mentioned earlier I am not French educated but I had to always remember I can not use the verb followed by pas, it had to be preceded by ne as well.

    As in English, we can`t say "I not eat", but "I do not eat". So that`s why the ne and pas function.


    I hope i`m not wrong

    Bitterfly!!! Believe me I`d never heard about Verlaine until now. I checked Wikipedia and that seems interesting. Looking up some translated works of his. Thanks for that
    I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum
    Je Chante Une Chanson Sombre
    The Lady of Mine - Opinion please
    A tragedy crept to the name Bathory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterfly View Post


    je mange pas is not slang, it's laziness You'll hear it a lot, of course.
    Oh. Thanks for the info. it's just that sometimes, I hear that from a professor of mine.
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