French music part I: Le vent nous portera

Hello Internet!

I was thinking about sharing with the readers of this blog my love for French music.

Today I’ll tell you about one of the first songs I fell madly in love with – Le vent nous portera by Noir Desir.

I’ve listened to this song times and times again and every time I discover a new meaning. All the metaphors and apparently nonsensical phrases are meant to tell us how ephemeral everything is.  

Just so you can fully appreciate the sheer awesomeness of its message I’ll post the lyrics in French and their translation.

Je n’ai pas peur de la route
Faudrait voir, faut qu’on y goûte
Des méandres au creux des reins
Et tout ira bien là
Le vent nous portera

I’m not scared of the road
We should see, must taste it
From meander in the hollow of your loins
And there everything will be alright
The wind will carry us

Ton message à la Grande Ourse
Et la trajectoire de la course
Un instantané de velours
Même s’il ne sert à rien va
Le vent l’emportera
Tout disparaîtra mais
Le vent nous portera

Your message to Ursa Major
And the trajectory of your race
An instant of velvet
Even if it’s not useful though
The wind will take it away
Everything will disappear but
The wind will carry us

La caresse et la mitraille
Et cette plaie qui nous tiraille
Le palais des autres jours
D’hier et demain
Le vent les portera

The caress and the grapeshot
And that wound that tears us apart
The palace of everyday
From yesterday and tomorrow
The wind will carry them

Génetique en bandouillère
Des chromosomes dans l’atmosphère
Des taxis pour les galaxies
Et mon tapis volant dis ?
Le vent l’emportera
Tout disparaîtra mais
Le vent nous portera

The genetic in shoulder-belt
Chromosomes in the atmosphere
Taxis for galaxies
And my flying carpet says ?
The wind will take it away
Everything will disappear but
The wind will carry us

Ce parfum de nos années mortes
Ce qui peut frapper à ta porte
Infinité de destins
On en pose un et qu’est-ce qu’on en retient?
Le vent l’emportera

This perfume of our dead years
What can knock at your door
Infinity of destinies
We lay some but what do we retain?
The wind will take it away

Pendant que la marée monte
Et que chacun refait ses comptes
J’emmène au creux de mon ombre
Des poussières de toi
Le vent les portera
Tout disparaîtra mais
Le vent nous portera

While the tide rises
And everyone is doing their accounts
I take in the hollow of my shadow
Dusts of you.
The wind will carry them
Everything will disappear but
The wind will carry us

The video is very well done.

What do you think? Do you like it? Why? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Comments (1)

  • Beautiful! I really like the video because it takes you to other places and references within one’s own life.

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