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Georges Dor : La Manic

3 Aug

I first came to know about this great song by Georges Dor in a Canadian songwriters hall of fame 2006 acceptance speech by Leonard Cohen. The master covers this song in his concerts, for those interested:

I wanted to share this beautiful song and dedicate it to my best friend who speaks french and to all of you dear friends..

La Manic:

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie à la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent à la Manicouagan
Parfois je pense à toi si fort
Je récrée ton âme et ton corps
Je te regarde et m’émerveille
Je me prolonge en toi
Comme le fleuve dans la mer
Et la fleur dans l’abeille

Que deviennent quand j’suis pas là mon bel amour
Ton front doux comme fine soie et tes yeux de velours
Te tournes-tu vers la côte nord
Pour voir un peu pour voir encore
Ma main qui te fait signe d’attendre
Soir et matin je tends les bras
Je te rejoins où que tu sois
Et je te garde

Dis-moi c’qui s’passe à Trois-Rivières et à Québec
Là où la vie a tant à faire et tout c’qu’on fait avec
Dis-moi c’qui s’passe à Montréal
Dans les rues sales et transversales
Où tu es toujours la plus belle
Car la laideur ne t’atteint pas
Toi que j’aimerai jusqu’au trépas
Mon éternelle

Nous autres on fait les fanfarons à coeur de jour
Mais on est tous de bons larrons cloués à leurs amours
Y’en a qui jouent de la guitare
D’autres qui jouent d’l’accordéon
Pour passer l’temps quand y’est trop long
Mais moi je joue de mes amours
Et je danse en disant ton nom
Tellement je t’aime

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie à la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent à la Manicouagan
Si t’as pas grand chose à me dire
Écris cent fois les mots «Je t’aime»
Ça fera le plus beau des poèmes
Je le lirai cent fois
Cent fois cent fois c’est pas beaucoup
Pour ceux qui s’aiment

Si tu savais comme on s’ennuie
À la Manic
Tu m’écrirais bien plus souvent
À la Manicouagan

The Manic ( English )

If only you knew how long the time is at Manic
You’d write way more often, to the Manicouagan
Sometimes I think so hard about you
That I recreate your soul and your body
I look at you and I am filled with wonder
I throw myself into you
Just like the river into the sea
And the flower into the bee

My beautiful lover, what do your silken forehead
And your velvet eyes become, when I am not there
Do you turn towards the Côte-Nord 1
To see a little, to see some more
My hand signalling you to wait
At twilight and at dawn, I reach out
I meet you wherever you may be
And I keep you

Tell me what’s going on in Trois-Rivières and in Quebec City
Where there’s so much to do, and eveything we do with it
Tell me what’s going on in Montreal
In the dirty side streets
Where you’re always the more beautiful
Because ugliness can’t get to you
You, who I’ll love until I pass away
My eternal

We boast around all day long
But we’re all good guys faithful to their loves
Some play guitar
Others play accordion
To pass time, when the time is long
But me, I play of my love
And I dance, saying your name
Because I love you so much

If only you knew how long the time is at Manic
You’d write way more often, to the Manicouagan
If you don’t have much to tell me
Write the words ‘I love you’ a hundred times
It will be the most beautiful of poems
I’ll read it a hundred times
A hundred times, a hundred times are not a lot
For those who are in love

If only you knew how long the time is
At Manic
You’d write way more often
To the Manicouagan

Source:http://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-manic-manic.html

To quote leonard Cohen on La manic ” If you knew how life dragged on at Manic, you’d write to me more often la Manicouagan,If you knew how life dragged on, you would write to us a lot more often. You would write each of us to one another.” I also like “If you don’t have much to tell me,Write the words ‘I love you’ a hundred times.It will be the most beautiful of poems,I’ll read it a hundred times.A hundred times, a hundred times are not a lotFor those who are in love.” Hope you like this great song 🙂 we must keep writing each of us to one another. Good night friends! Have a nice weekend! Thank you!

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