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Thread #63561 Message #1034515
Posted By: GUEST,lanfranc using linux
13-Oct-03 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Jacques Brel, Il est Mort ...
Subject: RE: Obit: Jacques Brel, Il est Mort ...
OK, it's not a good translation, but it works for me in much the same way as Johnny Mercer's "Autumn Leaves" does as a translation of Prevost's "Feuilles Morts". I must confess that I had never actually done a direct A/B comparison of the original vs the McKuen until now, and I guess I can see what you mean, Kevin, Mark and Isabel.
However, "If you go away" served me well insofar as a tape I made of it and sent to her persuaded my wife not to give up on this here penniless folksinger once upon a time when our relationship was under pressure from her parents, and thirty-five years later she's still with me!
My old school song contained the immortal line "sentiment is more than skill" - guess I took this dictum too literally in this case!!