One can not function after something like this.
Gilbert Bécaud and Léa Catala, Avec 20 ans de moins, 1989
Jacques Brel - Ne Me Quitte Pas
OH. MY. GOD.
Jacques Brel, Ces Gens-Là, 1966
"Ces gens-là" is a French language song by the late Belgian singer Jacques Brel, published in 1966 by the Éditions Pouchenel of Brussels, about the despair of a hopeless love. The title, meaning "those people", or, "those folks", has also been translated as "that lot there".In it the narrator is talking to a third party (a certain "Monsieur" (Sir, or Mister)), where he describes the different members of a given family in a very harsh manner, as in gossip; a family whose existence is particularly mediocre and desperate. He criticizes in particular their immobility.
The list ends with the daughter, the beautiful Frieda whom he loves passionately, and whose love is reciprocal, but whose family does not allow the marriage, believing that the suitor is not worthy, which perhaps explains why he hates them so much. In addition: “But let me tell you, Mister, that in that family, you don’t leave, Mister, you don’t leave.”
The subjectivity of the narrator, which could taint his judgement, has also been confirmed by Brel, who called it “faux témoin” (false witness) in an interview with Dominique Arban, without rejecting the truth of his criticism of the petite bourgeoisie. On the other hand, although he denounces this environment throughout the song, the narrator concludes, taking leave of the caller and telling him that he must get on his way home, which can be interpreted as an admission of the fact he himself belongs to the middle class, or at least is close to.
And this is why I compare Brel a little bit to Vladimir Mayakovsky. Ces Gens-Là is very similar to Mayakovsky’s Cloud in Trousers. Unrequited love, social classes and just, the passion that both Brel and Mayakovsky have… Wonderful.
Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg