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Mika's version of "Je chante" by Charles Trenet deserves a thread! 

 

Here's the original lyrics: 

 

Je chante !

Je chante soir et matin,
Je chante sur mon chemin
Je chante, je vais de ferme en château
Je chante pour du pain et je chante pour de l'eau
Je couche
La nuit'sur l'herbe des bois
Les mouches
Ne me piquent pas
Je suis heureux, j'ai tout et j'ai rien
Je chante sur mon chemin

Les elfes
Divinités de la nuit,
Les elfes
Couchent dans mon lit.
La lune se faufile à pas de loup
Dans le bois, pour danser, pour danser avec nous.
Je sonne
Chez la comtesse aujourd'hui :
Personne,
Elle est partie,
Elle n'a laissé qu'un plat d'riz pour moi
Me dit un laquais chinois

Je chante
Mais la faim qui me poursuit
Tourmente
Mon appétit.
Je tombe soudain au creux d'un sentier,
Je défaille en tombant et je meurs à moitié
"Et Gendarme,
Qui passez sur le chemin
Gendarme,
Je tends les mains.
Pitié, j'ai faim, je voudrais manger,
Je suis tout léger... léger..."

Au poste,
D'autres moustaches m'ont dit,
Au poste,
"Ah ! mon ami, oui, oui, oui, oui
C'est vous le chanteur vagabond ?
On va vous enfermer... oui, votre compte est bon."
Nos ficelles,
Tu m'as sauvé de la vie,
Ficelle,
Soit donc bénie
Car, grâce à toi j'ai rendu l'esprit,
Je me suis pendu cette nuit... et depuis...

Je chante !
Je chante soir et matin,
Je chante
Sur les chemins,
Je hante les fermes et les châteaux,
Un fantôme qui chante, on trouve ça rigolo
Et je couche,
La nuit'sur l'herbe des bois,
Les mouches
Ne me piquent pas
Je suis heureux, ça va, j'ai plus faim,
Et je chante, sur mon chemin.
 

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I absolutely looove this song. I had listened to the original quite a lot, and I was positively surprised by what Mika had done with it :) I especially like how it seems to "slow down" in the middle of the verses.  :wub:

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i typed the lyrics into google translate and this is what came up: 

 

I sing !

I sing night and morning,
I sing on my way
I sing, I'll farm castle
I sing for bread and I sing for water
I sleep
The nuit'sur grass wood
Flies
Do not bite me
I am happy, I have everything and I have nothing
I sing on my way

Elves
Divinities of the night,
Elves
Sleeping in my bed
The moon creeps stealthily
In the woods, to dance, to dance with us.
I ring
The Countess today:
No one,
She has left,
She has left a rice dish for me
I said a Chinese lackey

I sing
But the hunger that haunts me
Tormented
My appetite.
Suddenly I fall to the bottom of a path,
I faint, falling and I die half
"And Gendarme,
Who pass on the way
Gendarme,
I hold out my hands.
Pity, I'm hungry, I want to eat,
I am light ... light ... "

At office,
Other mustaches told me,
At office,
"Ah, my friend, yes, yes, yes, yes
You're the vagabond singer?
We'll lock you up ... yes, your account is good. "
Our strings,
You saved my life,
String,
So be blessed
For, thanks to you I have given up the ghost,
I hung that night ... and since ...

I sing !
I sing night and morning,
I sing
On the roads,
I haunt farms and castles,
A ghost who sings, you find it funny
And I lie,
Nuit'sur the grass of the woods,
Flies
Do not bite me
I am happy, okay, I have more hunger,
And I sing on my way.

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"the other Moustaches told me" :naughty:  :doh: what is happening to me?? why do I find this so funny???

You're not the only one  :naughty:

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I can't get enough of "Je chante"  :cheer:

And I'm totally loving Mika's version. So colorful, vivid and unrepeatable!

Especially love how the song begins. 

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I can't get enough of "Je chante"  :cheer:

And I'm totally loving Mika's version. So colorful, vivid and unrepeatable!

Especially love how the song begins. 

 

:) I agree - it's a great song - now that I've got my double NPIH ... :fisch:  :wub:

 

Love,love

me

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re-post

 

SNCF

http://www.sncf.com/fr/actualite/campagne-tgv-mika-clip

 


Entrez dans les coulisses de la campagne TGV

 

 

Pourquoi
je chante ?

 

Quand SNCF m’a proposé ce projet, quand ils m’ont proposé de réinterpréter « je chante », j’ai évidemment tout de suite dit « oui » ! Sans hésiter ! Pourquoi ? Ben parce qu’en fait, pour la petite histoire, j’étais à New York, il y a quelques temps, je travaillais avec Michel Legrand, LE Michel Legrand, sur une reprise de « vive le vent » (véridique), et Michel m’avait fait écouter des chansons de Charles Trenet… et là, j’avais eu le coup de foudre pour « je chante » ! C’était comme une évidence, je me suis complètement retrouvé dans cette chanson ! Il y avait cette mélodie extrêmement gaie, presque limpide, mais qui s’appuie en même temps sur des paroles fantaisistes, très poétiques… Et c’est exactement cette alchimie que j’essaie de retrouver dans mes propres chansons.

 

 

Pourquoi
j’ai aimé ce projet ?

 

Ensuite, SNCF et l’équipe TGV m’ont fait rencontrer Clément Daquin, alias Alb, un musicien français qui fait de la super électro pop. Une rencontre passionnante, ludique, explosive, qui m’a permis de vraiment me réapproprier « je chante ». C’est avec Alb qu’on a eu l’idée de remplacer toutes les réponses orchestrales de la mélodie d’origine par cette basse très pop, et de légèrement en modifier les accords du titre pour le mettre dans mon style, que ça me corresponde… Ça a vraiment été une collaboration super enrichissante, et je suis très très content du résultat ! Et puis il y a aussi eu le tournage : une expérience inoubliable ! Vraiment passionnante avec en plus un super réalisateur, Martin Werner. Vous imaginez ? Rouler sur des rails de chemin de fer, derrière un piano gris métallisé ? Et le dernier soir de tournage, à la gare de Marseille Saint-Charles, de nuit, avec tous les éclairages… J’avais l’impression d’être dans la peau d’un Charlie Chaplin ou d’un Buster Keaton des temps modernes ! Vraiment, inoubliable ! Et d’ailleurs je suis super fier du résultat !

 

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I love how much joy and colour Mika brings to this version of the song :D He really brings it to life  :wub:

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Beginning my morning with the tube "Je chante"!  :cheer:

 

I must say this is the most extraordinary, unbelievable clip that has been ever made with and by Mika. It completely reflects Mika's bizarre and vivid fantastic world where anything is possible: moving piano, encountering astronauts kids, flouwers coming out of the piano, and much much more! It says to believe in yourself and let yourself free and just enjoy every moment! 

 

Just listening and watching this amazing thing again and again...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxV_elrJLUI

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Beginning my morning with the tube "Je chante"!  :cheer:

 

I must say this is the most extraordinary, unbelievable clip that has been ever made with and by Mika. It completely reflects Mika's bizarre and vivid fantastic world where anything is possible: moving piano, encountering astronauts kids, flouwers coming out of the piano, and much much more! It says to believe in yourself and let yourself free and just enjoy every moment! 

 

Just listening and watching this amazing thing again and again...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxV_elrJLUI

I watched this over and over again, and it makes me so happy  :wub: I agree that it really brings out his personality, and I adore all his little facial expressions  :fangurl:

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I watched this over and over again, and it makes me so happy  :wub: I agree that it really brings out his personality, and I adore all his little facial expressions  :fangurl:

 

Yeah, especially I love at the very beginning when he loses his hat  :thumb_yello:

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Beginning my morning with the tube "Je chante"!  :cheer:

 

I must say this is the most extraordinary, unbelievable clip that has been ever made with and by Mika. It completely reflects Mika's bizarre and vivid fantastic world where anything is possible: moving piano, encountering astronauts kids, flouwers coming out of the piano, and much much more! It says to believe in yourself and let yourself free and just enjoy every moment! 

 

Just listening and watching this amazing thing again and again...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxV_elrJLUI

 

:thumb_yello: I totally agree - this's such a lovely, and funny, video - so much life and power ( we're cool, we're free!! )  sooo beautiful - I adore it!! :fisch:  :wub: 

 

Love, love

me 

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Honnestly, I'm French but, sometimes, I didn't understand what he sang ! Shame on me !  :mf_rosetinted: Lyrics are my friends.

The remix mellody reminds me at the singer Claude François (Dear French fans, if you are reading that, don't strike me.)

 

That's stange to post the video on th youtube channel, it's an advert, not a real video clip from musical channels.

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Honnestly, I'm French but, sometimes, I didn't understand what he sang ! Shame on me !  :mf_rosetinted: Lyrics is my friends.

The remix mellody reminds me at the singer Claude François (Dear French fans, if you are reading that, don't strike me.)

 

That's stange to post the video on th youtube channel, it's an advert, not a real video clip from musical channels.

I was a Claude François fan :naughty: and I still know all his songs by heart , so that's fine with me Emelyne :biggrin2:

And I really love the video because Mika is really good in it , happy , smiling , fun and sweet :wub2:

I'm getting hooked on it actually and it makes me very happy when I didn't care for the song when it was sang by Charles Trenet :wink2: Mika makes that song come to life :original:

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I think this music video is the best one he has made :wub:

Most fun music video after WAG imo. I can feel the freedom. :wub:

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Mika's version of "Je chante" by Charles Trenet deserves a thread! 

 

Here's the original lyrics: 

 

Je chante !

Je chante soir et matin,

Je chante sur mon chemin

Je chante, je vais de ferme en château

Je chante pour du pain et je chante pour de l'eau

Je couche

La nuit'sur l'herbe des bois

Les mouches

Ne me piquent pas

Je suis heureux, j'ai tout et j'ai rien

Je chante sur mon chemin

 

Les elfes

Divinités de la nuit,

Les elfes

Couchent dans mon lit.

La lune se faufile à pas de loup

Dans le bois, pour danser, pour danser avec nous.

Je sonne

Chez la comtesse aujourd'hui :

Personne,

Elle est partie,

Elle n'a laissé qu'un plat d'riz pour moi

Me dit un laquais chinois

 

Je chante

Mais la faim qui me poursuit

Tourmente

Mon appétit.

Je tombe soudain au creux d'un sentier,

Je défaille en tombant et je meurs à moitié

"Et Gendarme,

Qui passez sur le chemin

Gendarme,

Je tends les mains.

Pitié, j'ai faim, je voudrais manger,

Je suis tout léger... léger..."

 

Au poste,

D'autres moustaches m'ont dit,

Au poste,

"Ah ! mon ami, oui, oui, oui, oui

C'est vous le chanteur vagabond ?

On va vous enfermer... oui, votre compte est bon."

Nos ficelles,

Tu m'as sauvé de la vie,

Ficelle,

Soit donc bénie

Car, grâce à toi j'ai rendu l'esprit,

Je me suis pendu cette nuit... et depuis...

 

Je chante !

Je chante soir et matin,

Je chante

Sur les chemins,

Je hante les fermes et les châteaux,

Un fantôme qui chante, on trouve ça rigolo

Et je couche,

La nuit'sur l'herbe des bois,

Les mouches

Ne me piquent pas

Je suis heureux, ça va, j'ai plus faim,

Et je chante, sur mon chemin.

 

I translated the lyrics into English because it's a witty text, it sounds happy but the story is kind of sad...like most Mika's songs...moustaches used to be a coded name for the police many years ago , before I was born for those who wondered ...

 

Lyrics in English

 
 
I sing!
Oh, I sing in the morning and in the evening,
I sing on my way
I sing , I go from farms to castles  
I sing for bread, I sing for water 
I sleep
At night on the grass in the woods 
Flies
Do not bite me
I'm happy , I have it all and I have nothing 
And I sing on my way 
 
 
The elves
Divinities of the night ,
The elves
Sleep in my bed.
The moon is sneaking as silent as a wolf
Into the woods , to dance, to dance with us.
I ring
the countess doorbell today :
Nobody,
She's gone,
She only left a dish of rice for me 
Says a chinese  lackey to me 
 
Oh I sing
But hunger which is chasing me 
Is tormenting 
My appetite .
Suddenly I fall into a hole on the pathway,
I fall and faint and I'm half dying
 
Hey , policemen,
Who are walking on this pathway 
Yeah policemen, catch my hand.
Have pity, I'm hungry, I want to eat,
I'm totally light... light..."
 
To the police station,
Other policemen told me,
To the police station,
my friend,
Is that you the singer, the tramp?
We'll lock you up ... yes, your number's up."
 
Oh, rope,
You saved me from life ,
Rope,
Be blessed
Because, thanks to you I surrended my spirit ,
I hung myself on that night... and since then...
 
I sing !
I sing in the evening and in the morning,
I sing
On my way,
I'm haunting farms and castles ,
A singing ghost, people find me funny
And I sleep ,
At night on the grass in the woods 
Flies 
Do not bite me
I'm happy, I'm ok, I'm not hungry anymore,
And I sing 
On my way
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I was a Claude François fan :naughty: and I still know all his songs by heart , so that's fine with me Emelyne :biggrin2:

And I really love the video because Mika is really good in it , happy , smiling , fun and sweet :wub2:

I'm getting hooked on it actually and it makes me very happy when I didn't care for the song when it was sang by Charles Trenet :wink2: Mika makes that song come to life :original:

 

It is really amazing to observe how Mika makes anything come to life, it seems like he has invisible paintbrush and colors... 

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I translated the lyrics into English because it's a witty text, it sounds happy but the story is kind of sad...like most Mika's songs...moustaches used to be a coded name for the police many years ago , before I was born for those who wondered ...

 

Lyrics in English

 
 
I sing!
Oh, I sing in the morning and in the evening,
I sing on my way
I sing , I go from farms to castles  
I sing for bread, I sing for water 
I sleep
At night on the grass in the woods 
Flies
Do not bite me
I'm happy , I have it all and I have nothing 
And I sing on my way 
 
 
The elves
Divinities of the night ,
The elves
Sleep in my bed.
The moon is sneaking as silent as a wolf
Into the woods , to dance, to dance with us.
I ring
the countess doorbell today :
Nobody,
She's gone,
She only left a dish of rice for me 
Says a chinese  lackey to me 
 
Oh I sing
But hunger which is chasing me 
Is tormenting 
My appetite .
Suddenly I fall into a hole on the pathway,
I fall and faint and I'm half dying
 
Hey , policemen,
Who are walking on this pathway 
Yeah policemen, catch my hand.
Have pity, I'm hungry, I want to eat,
I'm totally light... light..."
 
To the police station,
Other policemen told me,
To the police station,
my friend,
Is that you the singer, the tramp?
We'll lock you up ... yes, your number's up."
 
Oh, rope,
You saved me from life ,
Rope,
Be blessed
Because, thanks to you I surrended my spirit ,
I hung myself on that night... and since then...
 
I sing !
I sing in the evening and in the morning,
I sing
On my way,
I'm haunting farms and castles ,
A singing ghost, people find me funny
And I sleep ,
At night on the grass in the woods 
Flies 
Do not bite me
I'm happy, I'm ok, I'm not hungry anymore,
And I sing 
On my way

 

:shocked::tears:

 

The last part really hits me. Now I will have mix feelings while watching the video. :tears:

 

Merci, Anne! :flowers2:

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It is really amazing to observe how Mika makes anything come to life, it seems like he has invisible paintbrush and colors... 

I love how you put it :wub2: and it's true :wub2:

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:shocked::tears:

 

The last part really hits me. Now I will have mix feelings while watching the video. :tears:

 

Merci, Anne! :flowers2:

You're very welcome missrully :huglove:

Well he did find happiness as a ghost because he could keep singing and being happy without ever being hungry :hug:

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