Saturday, October 19, 2019

c'est la vie

Here at A Few Clowns Short we don't speak French. I don't really know much of it. I learned long ago that a direct one-to-one translation is not always possible. C'est la vie means that's life but the English title (and found in the lyrics) of the song offered at the bottom of the post is you never can tell. Both translations are very similar. Maybe I'm pushing it a bit but I would add whatever to the meaning of c'est la vie.



French fingers


I'll give you the Bob Seger version of the C'est La Vie lyrics. Below is Bruce Springsteen's performance of this song about the teenage romance and marriage of Pierre and the lovely mademoiselle. There's an old cherry red car in the song. We saw this pink Cadillac in a parking lot years ago. (yeah I know there's a good song title Pink Cadillac




The clip is a little long but I really enjoyed the warmup to the song. The song was a possibly a request. Bruce really shows his band leader abilities. Oh of the horns, I thought the sax was the best.






It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished 'em well
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madam have rung the chapel bell
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They finished off an apartment with a two-room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was jammed with TV dinners and ginger ale
And when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well
C'est la vie say the old folks it goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono, boy did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all blues, rock, rhythm, and jazz
But when the sun went down, the volume went down as well
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They bought a souped-up jitney, it was a cherry red '53 And drove it down to New Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

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