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iPod song of the week – International edition

Filed under : International,iPod Song of the Week
On April 22, 2007
At 1:45 pm
Comments : 9

So, Becca, how’s the new language thing going? I’m sorry you asked because I haven’t really had time lately. Despite my feeling that there’s no rush or anything, it’s bothered me that I’m not accomplishing much, so I’ve found a method of achieving very little while feeling like I’m doing a lot. It’s the mark of the true lazy person! This method entails listening to the “French Scene” station on AOL Radio where I can do nothing actively and, magically through osmosis, learn French. But a funny thing happened on the way to Lazytown. I actually ended up liking a bunch of things! The problem is, very few of them are available on the US iTunes but, through means I won’t detail, I did finally get several of them. The important thing to remember is that I tried to pay for them but they wouldn’t take my money.

Anyhoo, even though most of my readers won’t be able to acquire this song I thought I’d put it out there for the 10% of my readership who don’t live in the fifty states. The fun thing about listening to songs in another language (or old Cocteau Twins songs) is that you concentrate on things you don’t usually, like the flow of the words and the catchy melody. I originally just liked the fun and bouncy nature of this number but I did eventually translate it (as much as is possible for me) because it’s got several different voices singing various parts and I wanted to see what was up with that. As far as I can tell, it’s the familiar story of getting drunk and finding out the next day all the crazy things you did (luckily your friends will always be around to tell you). The guy swears he’s going to stop drinking, you know, right after the next one. It’s a universal sentiment!

Speaking of International, it’s Memorial Day in Israel and election day in France, which through the miracle of science I’ll recognize with just this one picture.
tzarfat bocheret (reading from right to left, France Votes 2007… and actually, so would be the candidates if they’d just switched the leftmost two there, but who cares, because two will be gone in about 15 minutes).



Tryo – Desolé Pour Hier Soir (not available on Napster)

Lyrics

 

9 Comments for this post

 
KP says

When I went to look at the lyrics (like I was going to understand any of them) I saw a fart button.

Le sigh.

 
Linda says

Heh. I wish I could use this for my PE class. Could I just pretend that I didn’t know the lyrics? Great beat!

 
Becca says

Somehow that wasn’t exactly the level of discourse I was going for, KP.

Linda, I say go for it! Hopefully the French teacher won’t walk in on your class.

 
Sarpon says

You hooked me. Now I’ll have to listen to all of the iPod songs of the week.

Hello from New Jersey!

 
Becca says

Sarpon! I haven’t seen you in ages!

It’s like we didn’t discuss this exact post over dinner last night in Times Square.

BTW, I would like everyone to know that I can butcher, er, sing the entire chorus of this song.

 
RN says

Bouncy little ditty.

*drink*

 
christina says

You should check out Les Nubians.

 
Midwesterner in NYC says

I know how lame this sounds but the Cocteau Twins version of Frosty the Snowman is just outstanding. I swear this is true.

 
Becca says

RN, that’s the idea!

Christina, I’ve heard them. Not exactly my thing, alas, but I agree they’re very talented.

Mid, but is it in English or Cocteau Twins?