La Mer

Sung by Charles Trenet

Sung Jacqueline Francois

Sung by Maggie Grace, in “Lost”

La Mer (The Sea)
Music by Charles Trenet, Albert Lasry
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
English Translation by Steve Unwin (modified)

La mer, qu’on voit danser, le long des golfes clairs
The sea, which one sees dancing, along the gulfs clear
A des reflets d’argent,
To sparkles of silver,
La mer, des reflets changeants, sous la pluie
The sea, of sparkles changing, under the rain

La mer, au ciel d’e’te’, confond ses blancs moutons
The sea, to the sky of summer,  confounds them with white sheep
Avec les anges si purs,
With angels so pure,
La mer, berge`re d’azur, infinie
The sea, shepherdess of the azur, infinity

Voyez, pre`s des e’tangs, ces grands roseaux mouilles
Look, next to the ponds, these tall reeds wet
Voyez, ces oiseaux blancs, et ces maisons rouille’es
Look, these birds white, and these houses [boat cabins] rusted

La mer, les a berce’, le long des golfes clairs
The sea, they have been rocked, along the gulfs clear
Et d’une chanson d’amour
And a song of love,
La mer, a berce’ mon coeur, pour la vie
The sea, has rocked my heart, for life

La Mer Phrasing, as sung by Charles Trenet

[ Instrumental: ]

La mer / qu’on voit danser / le long / des golfes clairs /
A des reflets d’argent /
La mer / des reflets changeants / sous la pluie /

La mer / au ciel d’été / confond ses blancs moutons /
Avec les anges si purs /
La mer / bergère d’azur / infinie /

Voyez / près des étangs / ces grands roseaux mouillés /
Voyez / ces oiseaux blancs / et ces maisons rouillées /

La mer / les a bercé / le long des golfes clairs /
Et d’une chanson d’amour /
La mer / a bercé mon coeur / pour la vie!



This has the English lyrics. No matter. As far as I can determine the piano accompaniment is identical.



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