Vieux Farka Touré Lyrics

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J'ai quitté mon pays et ma Louisiane
Mais dans d'autres pays, adieu Savanne

J'ai trouvé le métro n'est
Pas un petit boulot
Mais je suis, je suis un nègre
J'ai trouvé le métro n'est
Pas un petit boulot
Je suis un nègre

Mais dans d'autres pays, adieu Sava

Overall Meaning

nne" is a song by Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré, taken from his 2009 album "Fondo". The song reflects the experience of leaving one's country behind and the difficulties and challenges faced in adapting to new surroundings. The lyrics, in French, express a sense of longing and nostalgia for the homeland of Louisiana (where Vieux Farka Touré was born) and the town of Savanne, but also acknowledge the realities of living and working in other countries.

The opening lines "J’ai quitté mon pays et ma Louisiane, mais dans d’autres pays, adieu Savanne" (I left my country and Louisiana, but in other countries, goodbye Savanne) speak to the longing of someone who has left their roots behind in search of a better life. The lyrics go on to talk about the discovery that even seemingly menial jobs like working in the metro are not easy, but that one is still proud to be black and endure the challenges.

The repetitive chorus "Je suis un nègre" (I am a black) highlights the theme of resilience and pride in one's identity, despite the obstacles faced. Overall, "Savanne" is a powerful meditation on migration, identity and the search for meaning in unfamiliar surroundings.


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Google Translator:
I left my country and my Louisiana
But in other countries, goodbye Savanne
I found the subway ain't a little job But I'm, I'm a n***er
I left a friend and my Louisiana
But in other countries, goodbye Savanne.

It's like a wise man once said:
Instead of giving us bombs,
Give us motor pumps to find the happy life and have a wisdom life
A great tribute to the late Ali Farka Touré, thank you

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Imagine sitting on a top of a dune, watching an African sunset while listening to this gem


This is EXACTLY what I have in mind every damn time I listen to this beauty. ❤


Vieux's father, Ali Farka Toure, is one of the greatest, most heartfelt, most captivating musicians to ever live. He peers down on this and smiles. :)


Love that the album is named Ali


Khruangbin - my most favorite band in my life. They were flying through the horizon of my spirit one time and still now and forever i will love their music.


I feel you. Well said!


I saw Vieux in Bend Oregon at a beer fest. Circa 2009. I was like 2 feet away while he sang Ai Du right to me. I cried as I was going thru a bad relationship. It was the most magical time of my life. That was my favorite song of his too. Not a whole crowd was there but I was up front . Enjoying my secret special life moment. Very intimate.


I hear you Zoo zoo Peddles and know where you're coming from. Actually I discovered Vieux around the same time when I was bad ridden and ended a bad relationship...


Was reading the comments and noticed yours, im from bend too!


Love from Uzbekistan

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