Tumbleweed
Marie Laforêt Lyrics


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Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
J′allais de ville en ville
Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
De saison en saison
Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
Le vent qui m'emportait
Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
M′a bien laisse tomber




Tumbleweed
M'a bien laisse tomber.

Overall Meaning

In Marie Laforêt's song "Tumbleweed", the singer describes her nomadic life as a tumbleweed, blown from town to town and season to season by the wind. The tumbling, disconnected nature of the tumbleweed's existence is mirrored in the singer's own life, as she travels through the world without a fixed home or sense of purpose. The line "Le vent qui m'emportait, m'a bien laisse tomber" suggests a sense of disappointment or betrayal as the wind, which had seemed to guide her through life, ultimately abandons her.


The repetition of the phrase "Tumbleweed" throughout the song serves to reinforce this sense of aimlessness and disconnection, as if the singer is lost in a never-ending cycle of movement without direction. Yet there is also a certain beauty in the tumbleweed's existence, as it is free to flow through the natural world without the constraints of civilization. In this way, the song can be read as a celebration of the freedom that comes with a life unbound by societal expectations and obligations.


Line by Line Meaning

Tumbleweed
Empty, aimless wandering without a sense of purpose or direction.


Tumbleweed
The repetition emphasizes the aimlessness and lack of stability in one's life.


J′allais de ville en ville
I traveled from town to town, searching for something that I couldn't find.


Tumbleweed
The repetition emphasizes the cyclical nature of this wandering, which occurs from season to season.


Tumbleweed
Again, emphasizing the aimlessness and lack of direction in life.


De saison en saison
From one season to the next, never settling down or finding a sense of belonging.


Tumbleweed
The wind that carries me reminds me of my lack of control over my life and my fate.


Tumbleweed
The repetition emphasizes the feeling of being rejected or abandoned by the forces that control my life, such as destiny or fate.


M′a bien laisse tomber
They have let me down, leaving me to continue wandering aimlessly without guidance or support.


Tumbleweed
Again, emphasizing the feeling of emptiness and lack of purpose in one's life.




Writer(s): Gwil Owen

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