Monday, March 16, 2015

Georges Brassens - I made myself small


Original Title: "Je me suis fait tout petit"
I had never taken my hat off
in front of anyone
Now I crawl and curry favour
when she rings for me
I was a rotten dog, she makes me eat
in her hand
I had wolves teeth, I changed them
for toothy-pegs

I made myself all small in front of a doll
Who closes her eyes when she is laid down
I made myself small in front of a doll
Who makes "Mommy" when she is touched

I was an hard nut to crack, she converted me
The gourmet
And I fell all warm, all roasted
Against her mouth
Which has baby teeth when she smiles
When she sings
And wolves teeth when she is termagant
When she is malicious

I made myself all small in front of a doll
Who closes her eyes when she is laid down
I made myself small in front of a doll
Who makes "Mommy" when she is touched

I was subjected to her law, I toe the line
Under her grip
Even though she is jealous far beyong anything
And even worse
A pretty periwinkle who seemed to me
prettier than her
A pretty periwinkle one day died from it
of parasol's blows

I made myself all small in front of a doll
Who closes her eyes when she is laid down
I made myself small in front of a doll
Who makes "Mommy" when she is touched

All the sleepwalkers, all the mages have
told me intending no harm
That between her arms in a cross, I would suffer
my last torture
There are worst ones, there are better ones
But all in all
Be it that we hang ourselves here, that we hang ourselves elsewhere
If one has to hang himself

I made myself all small in front of a doll
Who closes her eyes when she is laid down
I made myself small in front of a doll
Who makes "Mommy" when she is touched

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