Friday, December 20, 2013

Léo Ferré - Rutebeuf - Poor Rutebeuf


Original Title: "Pauvre Rutebeuf"
What became of my friends
whom I held so close
And loved so much
They have been too scarce
I believe the wind took them off
Love is dead
Those are friends that wind takes away
And the wind was blowing in front of my door
And took them away

With weather that defoliates the trees
when there are in branches no more leaves left
which do not fall down to earth
With poverty that appals me
that from everywhere wages war against me
In winter's winds
It's not suitable for me to tell you
How I shamed myself
In which way

What became of my friends
whom I held so close
And loved so much?
They have been too scarce
I believe the wind took them off
Love is dead
The evil can not come alone
All that had to come to me
happened to me

Poor sense and poor memory
has God given to me, the King of glory
and poor income
And straight to the ass when north wind blows
the wind comes to me, the wind airs me
Love, she is dead
Those are friends that wind takes away
And the wind was blowing in front of my door
Took them away

Hope of tomorrows are my feasts

Jacques Douai's version:

Cora Vaucaire's version:

Cora Vaucaire "Que sont mes amis devenus ?" par ina

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