Les Feuilles Mortes
Yves Montand
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Spoken: (on the audio file)
Oh! je voudrais tant
que tu te souviennes
Des jours heureux où
nous étions amis.

En ce temps-là la vie
était plus belle,
Et le soleil plus brûlant qu'aujourd'hui.
Les feuilles mortes se
ramassent à la pelle.
Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié...
Les feuilles mortes se
ramassent à la pelle,
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi
Et le vent du nord les emporte
Dans la nuit froide de l'oubli.
Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié
La chanson que tu me chantais.

Spoken:(On the audio file)
I would like so very much
for you to remember
The happy days when
we were friends.
At that time, life was
more beautiful,
And the sun more fiery
than today.
The dead leaves collect
in spades.
You see, I did not forget...
The dead leaves collect in spades;
Memories and regrets too.
And the north wind
carries them
In the cold night of forgetfulness.
You see, I did not
forget the song
that you sang to me.

{Refrain:}

C'est une chanson
qui nous ressemble.
Toi, tu m'aimais et je t'aimais
Nous vivions tous
les deux ensemble,
Toi qui m'aimais,
moi qui t'aimais.
Mais la vie sépare
ceux qui s'aiment,
Tout doucement, sans
faire de bruit
Et la mer efface
sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis.

~Intermède Musical ~

Mais la vie sépare ceux qui s'aiment,
Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis.

REFRAIN
It is a song that
resembles you and me.
You, you loved me
and I loved you,
And we lived together,
the two as one.
You, you loved me
and I loved you,
But life separates
those who love
So very gently,
without a sound;
And the sea erases
from the sand
the footprints of
the parted paramours.

~Musical Interlude~

But life separates
those who love,
So very gently,
without a sound;
And the sea erases
from the sand
the footprints of
the separated lovers.

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Lyrics by Jacques Prévert.; Music by  Joseph Kosma; Performed by Yves Montand.

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Up Close and Personal:

Yves Montand
(13 Oct 1921 - 9 Nov 1991)
née Ivo Livi

"Universally honored as one of the greatest entertainers of his era"

" A  man can have two, maybe three love affairs while he's married.  "After that it's cheating."
-- Yves Montand (2)

"Though regarded by many fans as a Frenchman through and through, Yves Montand was actually born in Italy, just outside Florence." "He was discovered in 1944 by singer Edith Piaf, the first of Montand's many celebrity lovers." "Montand gained stature as a solo actor/singer, proving his dramatic mettle in Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear (1955). In 1951, Montand married actress Simone Signoret, a union that lasted until her death in 1985."

"The actor enjoyed a career renaissance as a character player in the 1980s. Universally honored as one of the greatest entertainers of his era (an assessment with which he heartily concurred), Yves Montand died at age 71, a scant few years after becoming a father for the first time."

Genre: Acting, French films, Singer

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