Sunday, February 12, 2012

Three-Word Wednesday, Magpie 104 and ABC Wednesday


"E" is for "Effort"
I’m not sure why, but this week’s prompt reminded me of an old French drinking song…
(Usually sung by old French drunks.)
So, in the interest of fostering better international relations, and since civilization is going to rack and ruin anyway - :-) - here are some angelic lines:
:-)


Ah, ah, ah! disait le trottoir.
Qu'est-ce qui va s'passer ce soir?
Disait la mariée, ohé.
Qu'est ce qui va s'passer ce soir?
Disait le trottoir.

Ah, ah, ah! disait la serrure.
J'savais pas qu' c'était si dur,
Disait la mariée, ohé.
J'savais pas qu' c'était si dur,
Disait la serrure.

Ah, ah ah! disait la pendule.
On avance et on recule,
Disait la mariée, ohé.
On avance et on recule,
Disait la pendule.

Here's the rest of the story: with a little effort it's kind of fun to try to figure out the meaning without an English translation nearby...

35 comments:

Karen said...

Hmmmmmmmm....interesting direction to take.

Jinksy said...

I think I see where your were coming from - unlike 'le trottoir'! LOL

Yvonne Osborne said...

OK I'm trying. I know one thing...nothing more fun than singing an old French drinking song with a bunch of French drunks in Rocamadour.....ce site incomparable est decrit

Brian Miller said...

i did not know it was so hard said the bride...haha...

Doctor FTSE said...

Reminiscent of a joke that begins:- The good girl said "It's hard to be good" and the bad girl said . . .

Barbara said...

Maybe I'll do just that. Never can tell what'll come up.

Roger Owen Green said...

My HS French has failed me with a couple key verbs. I do know I shouldn't be sober.

Berowne said...

Brian M and Doc FTSE: You both got it; congratulations!

Berowne said...

Yvonne O: "Singing an old French drinking song with a bunch of French drunks in Rocamadour."
Rocamadour ou ailleurs. :-)

Wayne Pitchko said...

my french aint great....but my nitely brandy is good....as is your poem....thanks for your words

izzy said...

I got a tiny bit from my long ago french! as usual the tenses tripped me up- French is so musical ! Merci!

Isabel Doyle said...

Je pense que ce soir-la etait un peu inquiet.

Merci M Berowne et bon nuit

Berowne said...

Isabel D: "Merci M Berowne et bon nuit."

Forgive me for mentioning it, Isabel, but it's "bonne." :-)

Kathe W. said...

so naughty and nice!

Lyn said...

Love the color you came up with...don't know the meaning..just hear Piaf singing it to me!!

Berowne said...

Kathe W: "So naughty and nice!"
Great comment; thanks...

Helen said...

méchant homme ...........

Berowne said...

Helen: "Méchant homme ..........."
Qui? Moi? :-)

Meryl said...

What a SUPER idea! My French is a bit rusty, but I well ENERGIZE myself, and put in the EXTRA EFFORT needed!

Have a great week!

chubskulit said...

Okay, I'll take extra effort to know what's the meaning of those lol.

Happy valentine's day!

Emergency Scam
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

EG Wow said...

Hehehe! I think your humour is a bit like my husband's. :))

Stafford Ray said...

I used the MS translator. Very naughty, expecting the blog police any minute! :-)

Rinkly Rimes said...

The next time I meet an old French drunk I'll ask him what it means! Until then I'll just look at your even more nightmarish illustration.

Leslie: said...

Ooo la la...sounds like la mariée had a lovely evening.

leslie
abcw team

zongrik said...

j'aime la façon dont vous avez utilisé le pendule et alors l'image comme un blurr, parce que c'est ce que le mouvement du pendule se traduirait par avec cette image

haunting suppleness

kaykuala said...

It'll be romantically real! French is the language of love!

Hank

Berowne said...

Stafford R: "Expecting the blog police any minute!"
Come now; as old drinking songs go, this one's fairly anodyne. :-)

Berowne said...

EG Wow: "I think your humour is a bit like my husband's."
I take the liberty of thinking that might be a compliment. :-)

ninotaziz said...

Salut! I really really enjoyed this. I struggle with my french everyday. And this was a nice break.

Merci!

Berowne said...

ninotaziz: "Salut! I really really enjoyed this."
Wonderful comment, much appreciated.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Naughty song

Helena said...

I'm absolutely crap at foreign languages - not enough spit for proper pronunciation!

Since we're on the subject of French and drunks, there's a film called 'La Legende Du Saint Buveur' (The Legend Of The Holy Drinker) set in Paris, that is simply wonderful. Keep an eye out for it!

Nara Malone said...

I think I love French Drinking songs. So funny.

Berowne said...

Nara M: "I think I love French Drinking songs. So funny."
Glad you enjoyed it; thanks.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Berowne: Oh very surréalité...got a hear this in person one day~

 
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