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Ballade de Melody Nelson
Serge Gainsbourg Lyrics


Ça c'est l'histoire de Melody Nelson
Qu'à part moi-même personne
N'a jamais pris dans ses bras
Ça vous étonne
Mais c'est comme ça

Elle avait de l'amour, pauvre Melody Nelson
Ouais, elle en avait des tonnes
Mais ses jours étaient comptés
Quatorze automnes et quinze étés

Un petit animal que cette Melody Nelson
Une adorable garçonne
Et si délicieuse enfant
Que je n'ai connue qu'un instant

Oh, ma Melody, ma Melody Nelson
Aimable petite conne
Tu étais la condition
Sine qua non de ma raison

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC FRANCE, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
Written by: Jean-Claude Vannier, Serge Gainsbourg

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Isaac Thomas

+Nevada cornwell Cornwell The album was inspired by Lolita, if I'm not mistaken. Serge Gainsbourg plays a 40 something year old who becomes obsessed with a 15 year old girl. This song explains their relationship. The translation is something like:


"This is the story
Of Melody Nelson
Whom apart from myself
No one had taken in their arms
That surprised you
But that's how it is


She had love
Poor Melody Nelson
Yeah, she had tons of it
But her days were numbered
Fourteen autumns
And fifteen summers


A small animal
That Melody Nelson
An adorable girl
And a delicious child
Whom I've known
For a moment


Oh! My Melody
My Melody Nelson
Lovable little idiot
You were the condition
Sine qua non (Latin legal term for "without which there is nothing")
Of my reason"


It's also worthy to note that he while he says "je n'ai connu" (I have known) he splits up connu on two different lines so he ends up being con-nue. Con is not a nice word in French (it's the English equivalent of c*nt) and nue means "nude," so it's very explicit what he's trying to get across.


((I'm not a native French speaker though, I've just been studying it, so if any native speaker notices something that needs correcting, go ahead.))



All comments from YouTube:

Kevin Mcnamara

I just heard this song today and It gave me asmr Chills on my scalp!!!! so now I’m going to have to fall asleep every night listening to this beautiful piece of art!

uburei

This bass tone is INSANE!

NoisyGroover

L’album entier est un petit chef d’œuvre

Kawa Vulcan

fucking awesome bass line !!!!!

Florentine

un chef d'oeuvre et la basse hoooooooo avec la voix suave de G et le petit zeste magnifique de Jane, une véritable réussite, bravo à tous ceux qui jouent de la basse !

Olivier Haussaire

Un chef d'oeuvre ? Affirmatif 😁😂

Michelle Quarré

@Jean Gabin qui jean gabin ah

Jean Gabin

@Michelle Quarré il est né en 1928 alors compte

Just Gold

No comment !

Michelle Quarré

biensur oli unik perso il aurait quel age en 2020 respect

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