Wednesday, January 23, 2008

La Mer

Having acquired a ukulele I've been exploring all the website which provide ukulele chords. Yesterday I found the chords for Beyond the Sea, and discovered it was originally written as La Mer by a French singer & songwriter, Charles Trenet. Apparently he was inspired to write it on a train travelling from Paris to Narbonne, and lacking a notebook at the time, he wrote the words on to SNCF toilet paper.

The lyrics of the first verse read:
La mer
Qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs
A des reflets d'argent
La mer, des reflets changeants
Sous la pluie.

If you paste these into Babel Fish, it helpfully says:
Sea That one sees dancing along the clear gulfs With money reflections
Sea Changing reflections Under the rain.

What a great site it is.

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