Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jacques Brel - The Lock Keeper


jacques brel - l'éclusier
Original Title: "L'éclusier"
The bargemen see me getting older
I see the bargees getting older
We play the game of the stupids
Where the motionless is the oldest
In my craft even during the summer
You have to travel eyes closed
It's not easy to be a lock keeper

The bargemen know my mug
They tease me and they are in the wrong
Half sorcerer half drunkard
I cast a spell to everything that sings
In my craft it's during the fall
You pick the apples and the drowned
It's not easy to be a lock keeper

In its basket a child squints
to see the fly that is on his nose
Mom purrs the time sighs
The cabbage sweats the fire grumbles
In my craft it's during the winter
That you think of the father who drowned himself
It's not easy to be a lock keeper

Toward the spring, the bargewomen
Put on airs to me from their barge
I'd like their games without this war
That roughed me up a little too much
In my craft it's during the spring
you take the time to drown yourself.

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