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#1 Coffee Addict

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    Posted 23 February 2008 - 06:04 AM

    Would anyone be kind enough to help me translate this song?

    Ce soir le vent qui frappe   ma porte
    Me parle des amours mortes
    Devant le feu qui s' ©teint
    Ce soir c'est une chanson d' automne
    Dans la maison qui frissonne
    Et je pense aux jours lointains

    {Refrain:}
    Que reste-t-il de nos amours
    Que reste-t-il de ces beaux jours
    Une photo, vieille photo
    De ma jeunesse
    Que reste-t-il des billets doux
    Des mois d' avril, des rendez-vous
    Un souvenir qui me poursuit
    Sans cesse

    Bonheur fan©, cheveux au vent
    Baisers vol©s, rªves mouvants
    Que reste-t-il de tout cela
    Dites-le-moi

    Un petit village, un vieux clocher
    Un paysage si bien cach©
    Et dans un nuage le cher visage
    De mon pass©

    Les mots les mots tendres qu'on murmure
    Les caresses les plus pures
    Les serments au fond des bois
    Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
    Dont le parfum vous enivre
    Se sont envol©s pourquoi?

    #2 MelissaH

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      Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:14 AM

      I can translate some of it for you, but probably not the whole thing....and it probably won't be 100% accurate, but here goes...

      Ce soir le vent qui frappe   ma porte
      Tonight the wind that knocks on my door
      Me parle des amours mortes
      Speaks to me about dead loves
      Devant le feu qui s' ©teint
      In front of the dying (lifeless?) fire

      Ce soir c'est une chanson d' automne
      Tonight this is a fall song
      Dans la maison qui frissonne
      In the shivering house (house that shivers?)Et je pense aux jours lointains
      And I think about past days (I think?)

      {Refrain:}
      Que reste-t-il de nos amours
      I'm not sure about the que reste-t-il part, but de nos amours is of our love
      Que reste-t-il de ces beaux jours
      ces beaux jours is these beautiful days
      Une photo, vieille photo
      A photo, an old photo
      De ma jeunesse
      Of my youth
      Que reste-t-il des billets doux
      des billets doux is the soft bills
      Des mois d' avril, des rendez-vous
      The month of April, a meeting
      Un souvenir qui me poursuit
      A memory that follows me
      Sans cesse
      Constantly (I think)

      Bonheur fan©, cheveux au vent
      Wilted happiness, hair in the wind
      Baisers vol©s, rªves mouvants
      Stolen kisses, moving dreams
      Que reste-t-il de tout cela
      de tout cela is of all that...still not sure about the que reste-t-il part
      Dites-le-moi
      Say it to me


      Un petit village, un vieux clocher
      A small town, an old steeple
      Un paysage si bien cach©
      A landscape so well hidden
      Et dans un nuage le cher visage
      not sure...something about a cloud and a face
      De mon pass©
      Of my passed (past?)

      Les mots les mots tendres qu'on murmure
      The words the words that one murmurs
      Les caresses les plus pures
      The purest touches (or caresses)
      Les serments au fond des bois
      Something about oaths at the bottom of wood LOL doesn't make sense to me!

      Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
      The flowers that one rediscovers in a book (?)
      Dont le parfum vous enivre
      of which the perfume intoxicates you
      Se sont envol©s pourquoi?
      They flew away, why?

      #3 DreamsTulumBride

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        Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:33 AM

        Quote:
        Originally Posted by MelissaH
        I can translate some of it for you, but probably not the whole thing....and it probably won't be 100% accurate, but here goes...

        Ce soir le vent qui frappe   ma porte
        Tonight the wind that knocks on my door
        Me parle des amours mortes
        Speaks to me about dead loves
        Devant le feu qui s' ©teint
        In front of the dying (lifeless?) fire

        Ce soir c'est une chanson d' automne
        Tonight this is a fall song
        Dans la maison qui frissonne
        In the shivering house (house that shivers?)Et je pense aux jours lointains
        And I think about past (future or far away days) days (I think?)

        {Refrain:}
        Que reste-t-il de nos amours What is left of our love
        I'm not sure about the que reste-t-il part, but de nos amours is of our love
        Que reste-t-il de ces beaux jours What is left of those wonderful days
        ces beaux jours is these beautiful days
        Une photo, vieille photo
        A photo, an old photo
        De ma jeunesse
        Of my youth
        Que reste-t-il des billets doux
        des billets doux is the soft bills
        Des mois d' avril, des rendez-vous
        The month of April, a meeting
        Un souvenir qui me poursuit
        A memory that follows me
        Sans cesse
        Constantly (I think)

        Bonheur fan©, cheveux au vent
        Wilted happiness, hair in the wind
        Baisers vol©s, rªves mouvants
        Stolen kisses, moving dreams
        Que reste-t-il de tout cela
        de tout cela is of all that...still not sure about the que reste-t-il part
        Dites-le-moi
        Say it to me


        Un petit village, un vieux clocher
        A small town, an old steeple
        Un paysage si bien cach©
        A landscape so well hidden
        Et dans un nuage le cher visage
        not sure...something about a cloud and a face
        De mon pass©
        Of my passed (past?)

        Les mots les mots tendres qu'on murmure
        The words the words that one murmurs
        Les caresses les plus pures
        The purest touches (or caresses)
        Les serments au fond des bois
        Something about oaths at the bottom of wood LOL doesn't make sense to me! French expression !

        Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
        The flowers that one rediscovers in a book (?)
        Dont le parfum vous enivre
        of which the perfume intoxicates you
        Se sont envol©s pourquoi?
        They flew away, why?
        That is such a sad poem ! ! ! I hope you will not walk down the aisle to that !

        #4 JABride

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          Posted 23 February 2008 - 11:20 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by MelissaH
          I can translate some of it for you, but probably not the whole thing....and it probably won't be 100% accurate, but here goes...

          Ce soir le vent qui frappe   ma porte
          Tonight the wind that knocks on my door
          Me parle des amours mortes
          Speaks to me about dead loves
          Devant le feu qui s' ©teint
          In front of the fading fire

          Ce soir c'est une chanson d' automne
          Tonight this is a fall song
          Dans la maison qui frissonne
          In the shivering house (house that shivers?)Et je pense aux jours lointains
          And I think about long gone days

          {Refrain:}
          Que reste-t-il de nos amours
          What's left of our love
          Que reste-t-il de ces beaux jours
          What's left of those beautiful days
          Une photo, vieille photo
          A photo, an old photo
          De ma jeunesse
          Of my youth
          Que reste-t-il des billets doux
          What's left of the soft bills
          Des mois d' avril, des rendez-vous
          Of the April months, of the dates (as in dating)
          Un souvenir qui me poursuit
          A memory that follows me
          Sans cesse
          Constantly

          Bonheur fan©, cheveux au vent
          Wilted happiness, hair in the wind
          Baisers vol©s, rªves mouvants
          Stolen kisses, shifting dreams
          Que reste-t-il de tout cela
          what's left of all that
          Dites-le-moi
          Tell me


          Un petit village, un vieux clocher
          A small town, an old steeple
          Un paysage si bien cach©
          A landscape so well hidden
          Et dans un nuage le cher visage
          And in the cloud the beloved face
          De mon pass©
          Of my past

          Les mots les mots tendres qu'on murmure
          The words the caring words that one murmurs
          Les caresses les plus pures
          The purest touches (or caresses)
          Les serments au fond des bois
          The oaths in the depths of the woods

          Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
          The flowers that one rediscovers in a book (?)
          Dont le parfum vous enivre
          of which the perfume intoxicates you
          Se sont envol©s pourquoi?
          They flew away, why?

          I made updates to Melissa's translation. See changes in her quote above... pretty sad song ... are you using it at your wedding ? I don't recognize the words, who sings it? Celine Dion?

          By the way, que "reste-t-il" is "What's left of ..." , "what's remaining .." ... other thant that, I made some little changes (my preferences) but Melissa did a great job.

          #5 MelissaH

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            Posted 23 February 2008 - 11:22 AM

            Thanks ladies! I haven't used French in a long, long time - probably since high school LOL
            (and maybe once or twice since then on trips to Quebec...but even then most people speak English so I don't bother)

            #6 LeXiee

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              Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:18 AM

              Que reste-t-il de nos amours
              I'm not sure about the que reste-t-il part, but de nos amours is of our love

              que reste-t-il
              What is left

              #7 LeXiee

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                Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:24 AM

                Et dans un nuage le cher visage
                not sure...something about a cloud and a face

                And in the cloud the dear face

                #8 LeXiee

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                  Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:26 AM

                  Les fleurs qu'on retrouve dans un livre
                  The flowers that one rediscovers in a book (?)

                  That is correct :)

                  #9 Coffee Addict

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                    Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:24 AM

                    Wow, I haven't been online for sometime so I didn't know if anyone replies. Thank you so much.., all of you, , are so kind to translate these for me.

                    This is the French version of the song "I wish you love". I was so so in love with this song as well as with the voice of the singer but wanted to make sure that the wordings are wedding appropriate. Oh well..

                    It's the first song listed on this webpage (Que reste-t-il?):
                    Mia Buchignani - International Vocalist

                    #10 Coffee Addict

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                      Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:37 AM

                      That is such a sad poem ! ! ! I hope you will not walk down the aisle to that !





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