Discovering Quebec one song at a time…
I was introduced to this song on La Voix (Quebec version of The Voice) 2015 in the battle rounds with Jean-Sebastien Michaud and Philippe Clement (http://sainescene.com/philippe-clement/ ). I would have included their version of the song in this post but it was not available on Youtube and had too many commercials on the La Voix site before it started.
The original version below, by Louis-Jean Cormier, is divine. Louis-Jean is an indie rock singer/songwriter from Spet-iles, Quebec (north east Quebec on the north side of the Saint Laurent). He won a Juno for his 2013 debut album where this song was featured! He was also a judge on La Voix in season 2.
Before I give you the translated lyrics below, I must interject that I do have a habit of making up my own lyrics and even words. Before I went to work translating the lyrics in earnest, I thought that “La pesanteur” meant the button you press to go up or down when calling the elevator (thinking “peser” the verb to push) and “La voie d’accotement ” was “La voix d’ecoutement” which is a phrase completely made up by me (there is no such word as ecoutement in French but I was thinking ecouter – to listen), meaning the PA system in the elevator. Enjoy!
L’ascenseur – This song is just beautiful…
Lyrics roughly translated:
Since they put music in the elevator,
No one thinks of their sadness
Between the partying and the fear,
The good and the bad
Between the stress and the force of gravity (the button you press to go up or down)
Between tomorrow and the present moment
Tell me where… tell me where do we get off?
Since they put mirrors in the elevator,
No one complains about how slow is goes
Between the head and the heart
The black and the white
Between the drunkenness and the boost/accelerator
Between love and the side of the road (the PA system)
Tell me where…Tell me where do we get off
Between love and the side of the road (The PA system)…
Where do we get off?
It takes as much craziness as courage
For us to get off at on the thirteenth floor together
And close the door on the bad omen
With your hand as my only baggage
Tell me where… tell me where do we get off
Tell me everything…tell me everything
So I can calculate my momentum
Tell me when….so we can jump at the same time
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