L'échec
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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J'aimerai voir notre échec
Face à face à un beau jour
Détailler sa personne
En cerner les contours

Et dans l'ambiance un peu crue
D'une ville en été
Lentement m'éloigner
Pour ne plus le croiser

Me mouvoir dans la foule
Bienveillante ou hostile
Plaisanter pour une fois
Dans un supermarché
Et les bras pleins de courses
Sentir qu'on a enfin quitté le périmètre
De son ombre portée

Reviendra le matin où la mine légère
On mangeait des tartines
La fenêtre entrouverte
On allait se laver
Bien plus tard en riant du retard
Qu'on avait pris sur les autres gens

Et le pas nonchalant
Le sourire bien en place
On ira sûr de nous
Dans les rues familières

Vers un point de la ville
Un endroit inconnu




Retrouver là notre échec
Et son ombre portée

Overall Meaning

Yann Tiersen’s song “L’echec” speaks of the desire to confront failure, face to face, with a beautiful day. The singer wants to clearly outline the contours and details of their own failure, to understand it better. They want to slowly distance themselves from it, so much so that they no longer bump into it. They want to move through the crowd of a city, whether it be kindly or hostilely, and shop in a supermarket, and feel that they have finally left behind the shadow of their failure. The singer longs to return to the time in which they were carefree, morning lightness, eating toast, wiping off the bath water, and being late to meet other people, all while maintaining a casual air, and we will go, confident in ourselves, to familiar streets, heading towards an unknown point in the city to find their failure, and its shadow.


This song expresses the human struggle to cope with failure and how it can be all-consuming if not dealt with. The singer is actively seeking to face their own failure and overcome its hold on them. They wish to move through the city and crowds with a renewed sense of confidence and freedom, free from the weight of their past mistakes. The song ends on a hopeful note, with the singer searching for their failure, as if to say that they will not allow their past to define their future.


Line by Line Meaning

J'aimerai voir notre échec
I would like to see our failure


Face à face à un beau jour
Face to face with a beautiful day


Détailler sa personne
Detail its person


En cerner les contours
To define its contours


Et dans l'ambiance un peu crue
And in the somewhat harsh atmosphere


D'une ville en été
Of a summer town


Lentement m'éloigner
Slowly move away


Pour ne plus le croiser
To no longer cross paths with it


Me mouvoir dans la foule
Moving through the crowd


Bienveillante ou hostile
Kind or hostile


Plaisanter pour une fois
To joke for once


Dans un supermarché
In a supermarket


Et les bras pleins de courses
With arms full of shopping


Sentir qu'on a enfin quitté le périmètre
Feeling like we have finally left the perimeter


De son ombre portée
Of its shadow cast


Reviendra le matin où la mine légère
The morning will come again when spirits are light


On mangeait des tartines
We used to eat slices of bread


La fenêtre entrouverte
The window slightly ajar


On allait se laver
We would go wash up


Bien plus tard en riant du retard
Much later, laughing about being late


Qu'on avait pris sur les autres gens
That we had taken from other people


Et le pas nonchalant
And the nonchalant step


Le sourire bien en place
With a smile in place


On ira sûr de nous
We will go sure of ourselves


Dans les rues familières
In familiar streets


Vers un point de la ville
Towards a point in the city


Un endroit inconnu
An unknown place


Retrouver là notre échec
To find our failure there


Et son ombre portée
And its shadow cast




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: YANN PIERRE TIERSEN

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