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Le grand noir avec une chaussure blanche (English translation)

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English translation

The tall black man with one blond shoe

He has a compass
where the needle spins.
Africa and France, 1
a foot in each land.
 
He hears sounds
of violins of bassoons.
His heart, his balafon,
Makossa percussion.
 
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe. 2
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes. 3
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes.
 
Dressed in Sanja 4
and quilted goose down jacket.
An acrobat performing the splits
with Gibraltar in the middle.
He comes and he goes,
He'd like to be able to sit down,
to sit down.
 
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes.
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes.
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
 
Two addresses, two points of view
African Gavroche. 5
He brings together two lands,
hitches together two lands.
 
African Gavroche, African Gavroche.
African Gavroche, African Gavroche.
 
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes.
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
One foot in Côte d’Ivoire and the other in Bois Colombes.
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
 
This is the story of the tall black man with one blond shoe.
 
  • 1. métropole is used to distinguish between mainland France and its overseas departments
  • 2. title makes reference to the movie The tall blond man with one black shoe but with the parts reversed to express a man with a foot in two different worlds
  • 3. Bois Colombes is a suburb to the North-West of Paris
  • 4. as far as I can tell this is the clothing brand Sanja who make a very 'street' style of cap
  • 5. Reference to the street kid Gavroche from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. Also used as an adjective in French for a street urchin - less so in English
Submitted by Gavin on Mon, 19/03/2018 - 12:54
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Le grand noir avec une chaussure blanche

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Sarasvati    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:05

Hi
I don't if you know the movie about the big white with a black shoes? Teeth smile

Gavin    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:08

I don't know why I bother with all these footnotes sometimes... /joke Wink smile

Sarasvati    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:11

Oh excuse me I didn't saw this foot note ..my eyes certernly tired

Gavin    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:12

I'm only teasing - have a listen (from 10:12) on clip.
It's very restful Regular smile

Sarasvati    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:19

Yes very nice,
thanks to makes me knows the Alain Souchon son .I really like his songs

petit élève    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 16:30

You sure did your homework on this one :)

Gavin    Mon, 19/03/2018 - 16:49

Thanks very much! And thanks of course for your valuable input Regular smile