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Le pont

Poulenc (1946)

Deux dames le long du fleuve
Elles se parlent par-dessus l'eau
Et sur le pont de leurs paroles
La foule passe et repasse en dansant

Un dieu

Tu reviendras

Hi! oh! là-bas là-bas

Là-bas
c'est

pour
toi
seule
que
le
sang
coule

Tous les enfants savent pourquoi

Passe mais passe donc

Ne te retourne pas

Hi! oh! là-bas là-bas
Les jeunes filles qui passent sur le pont léger
Portent dans leurs mains
Le bouquet de demain
Et leurs regards s'écoulent
Dans ce fleuve à tous étranger
Qui vient de loin et qui va si loin
Et passe sous le pont léger de vos paroles
O Bavardes le long du fleuve
O Bavardes ô folles le long du fleuve

Guillaume Apollinaire

The bridge

 

Two ladies along the river
they converse across the water
and upon the bridge of their words
the crowd passes and passes again dancing

a god

you will come back

Hi! Oh! Over there

Over there
it is

for
you
alone
that
the
blood
flows

all children know why

cross over go on then cross over

don't turn back

Hi! Oh! over there over there
The young girls who pass on the flimsy bridge
carry in their hands
tomorrow's bouquet
and their stares trickle
into this river to all a foreign
which comes from far and goes so far
and flows beneath the flimsy bridge of your words
o Gossips along the river
o Gossips o mad women along the river

© translated by Christopher Goldsack

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