Wednesday, January 14, 2015

René-Louis Lafforgue - Christmas at sea


Original Title: "Noël en mer"
Christmas at sea, on a boat
that is being worn out by the wave and the squall of winter
Christmas at sea

They are going away beyond the winds
Those sailors of the end of December
Looking at the bottom of the oceans
for what to fill their vessel
Their hands gnawed by the cold
The faces larded with salt
The fate makes them quite an hard life
And though, tonight it's Christmas

Christmas at sea, on a boat
that is being worn out by the wave and the squall of winter
Christmas at sea

They work while keeping quiet
Dreaming that in this day of December
They always have their white Christmas
Back home where everything waits for them
There Where ground is firm and safe
Over there, at the other end of the sky
They imagine their hovels
Flourished by the Christmas tree

Christmas at sea, on a boat
that is being worn out by the wave and the squall of winter
Christmas at sea

If destiny has some common sense
If it has two ounces of kindness
Let it make sure that for tomorrow
the fishing to be like a leaven
That the wind hits the sails
Bringing back like a rainbow
Those sailors to the port, without wounds
So they may taste Christmas

Christmas at sea, on a boat
that is being worn out by the wave and the squall of winter
Christmas at sea

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