Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jacques Brel Ne Me Quitte Pas

When I first moved to Belgium in 1981, the beautiful lyrics of Jacques Brel's "Ne Me Quitte Pas" were one of the factors that inspired me to choose this country. The lyrics are sheer poetry.

There is a version of the song with Dutch subtitles but they are really not a good translation:

Jacques Brel was born 8 April 1929 in Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium and died 9 October 1978 (aged 49) in France from lung cancer due to his heavy smoking. Although born to Flemish parents, he mainly sang in French. "Marieke" is the best known exception. This month marks 30 years from his premature death.

"He goes to the limit of his strength because, through his singing, he expresses his reason for living and each line hits you in the face and leaves you dazed." - Edith Piaf

Jacques Brel - Wikipedia
Jacques Brel lyrics

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