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Lyr Add: Complainte de la Seine (Magre, Weill)

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Subject: Lyr Add: Complainte de la Seine (Magre, Weill)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 08:29 AM

Lyr. Add: COMPLAINTE DE LA SEINE
Maurice Magre, Kurt Weill, 1934

Au fond de la Seine
Il y a de l'or,
Des bateaux rouillés,
Des bijoux, des armes.
Au fond de la Seine
Il y a des larmes.

Au fond de la Seine
Il y a des fleurs,
De vase et de boue
Elles sont nourries.
Au fond de la Seine
Il y a des coeurs
Qui souffrient trop
Pour vivre la vie.

Et puis des cailloux
Et des bêtes grises,
L'âme des égouts
Soufflant des poisons,
Les anneaux jetés
Par des incomprises,
Des pieds qu'une hélice
A coupés du trone.

Et les fruits maudits
Des ventres stériles,
Laits blancs avortés
Que nul n'aima,
Les vomissements
De la grand' ville,
Au fond de la Seine
Il y a cela.

O Seine clémente
Ou vont des cadavres,
Au lit dont les draps
Sont faits de limon.
Fleuve des déchets
Sans fanal ni havre,
Chanteuse berçant
La morgue, ils le font.

Accueille le pauvre (2x)
Accueille la femme (2x)
Accueille l'ivrogne,
Accueille le fou,
Mêle leurs sanglots
Au bruit de tes larmes
Et porte leur coeur
Et porte leur coeur
Et porte leur coeur
Parmi les cailloux.

Au fond de la Seine
Il a de l'or,
Des bateaux rouillés,
Des bijoux, des armes.
Au fond de la Seine
Il y a des morts
Au fond de la Seine
Il a des larmes.

Composed during Kurt Weill's period in Paris; first sung by Lys Gauty (Alice Gauthier).
Duplications in verse six variously handled. I believe cds containing this song, by Teresa Stratas and Marianne Faithfull, are still available.
A very different song from "La Seine," in thread 7269, River Songs: River Songs

I don't know of a translation in print; if one isn't posted here in a few days, I will sketch a translation.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAMENT OF THE SEINE (Magre, Weill, Mabrey
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:04 PM

Lyr. Add: LAMENT OF THE SEINE
Magre and Weill, translation by Sean Mabrey
of "Complainte de la Seine."

At the bottom of the Seine
there is gold,
rusting boats,
jewels, weapons.
At the bottom of the Seine
there are dead bodies.
At the bottom of the Seine
there are tears.

At the bottom of the Seine
there are flowers,
in their vase of mud,
they are nourished by silt. (silt, slime)
At the bottom of the Seine
there are the hearts
that suffered greatly
from having lived life.

And then the rocks
and the grey beasts (*bêtes grises)...
The pipes of the sewers
blowing out poisons,
The rings cast off
by unappreciative lovers,
The feet cut off by a propellor
From their trunk.

And the cursed fruits
of sterile wombs,
The innocent abortions
that no one loved,
The vomit
of the grand city...
On the bottom of the Seine
They are there.

Oh, lenient Seine
where the cadavers go,
Oh, the bed
with sheets made of silt,
River of losses (refuse)
with neither beacon nor haven,
Singing a lullaby
to the morgue,
at the font.

Welcoming the poor one,
welcoming the woman,
welcoming the drunkard,
welcoming the insane one,
Mixing their sobs
to the sound of your tears,
And carrying their heart,
and carrying their heart,
and carrying their soul (coeur- heart; soul)
Among the rocks.

At the bottom of the Seine
there is gold,
the rusted boats,
the jewels, the weapons.
At the bottom of the Seine
There are the dead.
At the bottom of the Seine
there are tears...

Translation by Sean Mabry, 2004, but I have made a few changes and indicated others by ( ).
From a site with information on a Paris concert by Yoko Ono- but I have lost the link.
*bêetes grises, bêetes noires- often not translated.

Available on cds by Teresa Stratas and Marianne Faithfull.
French lyrics at www.paroles.net/chanson/38766.1 and posted previously.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Complainte de la Seine (Magre, Weill)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:07 PM

O great clone master, perhaps the bold close in the title can be fixed. (I did proof, but poorly)


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