Rue Des Cascades
Yann Tiersen Lyrics


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When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
I don't, I don't
See anything

When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
I hear, I hear
Nothing, nothing

In the cascade, in the cascade
You washed me

When I wake up in Cascade Street
When I wake up in Cascade Street
I feel nothing
I feel nothing

When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
I don't remember
I don't remember

In the cascade, in the cascade
You washed me

When I wake up in Cascade Street
When I wake up in Cascade Street
I feel nothing
I feel nothing





In the cascade, in the cascade
You washed me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Yann Tiersen's "Rue des Cascades" describe the feeling of being completely detached from reality. In the refrain "When I'm asleep in Cascade Street," the singer speaks of a dreamlike state where they see and hear nothing. The repetition of this refrain underscores the sense of being lost in one's own mind, where nothing else can penetrate.


The bridge of the song, "In the cascade, in the cascade, You washed me," provides a bit of a puzzle. It seems to evoke the cleansing power of water, but also the idea that the singer is being taken away by a current. The use of the verb "washed" in this context suggests something both violent and cathartic, washing away both the good and the bad.


The song paints a picture of a person who is deeply in their own head, removed from the outside world to the point where they feel nothing at all. It's a haunting depiction of isolation and disconnection, set against the backdrop of a cascading stream.


Line by Line Meaning

When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


I don't, I don't
Not able to perceive or observe anything


See anything
Unable to visually perceive anything


When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


I hear, I hear
Unable to hear or comprehend any sound


Nothing, nothing
Complete absence of sound or perception


In the cascade, in the cascade
In the rushing stream of water or feelings


You washed me
You cleansed, refreshed, and renewed me


When I wake up in Cascade Street
Upon waking up from sleep on Cascade Street


When I wake up in Cascade Street
Upon waking up from sleep on Cascade Street


I feel nothing
Completely devoid of sensation or emotion


I feel nothing
Completely devoid of sensation or emotion


When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


When I'm asleep in Cascade Street
In a state of deep sleep on Cascade Street


I don't remember
Unable to recollect any memory or thought


I don't remember
Unable to recollect any memory or thought


In the cascade, in the cascade
In the rushing stream of water or feelings


You washed me
You cleansed, refreshed, and renewed me




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: YANN PIERRE TIERSEN

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Aesthetic

After 10 years my heart still skips beats while listening to this piece. Yann = Music

Dominic Jose

Hi Jesus

Ikram

I thought you were jésus 🤣

Geovana Bandeira

Yann is the best

Einfach Ware

this man is already living in 2029, its better you skipped entire decade it has been harsh out here.

cascade décadente

@Einfach WareI don't know it's a joke or you really don't know this piece had written many years ago. forgive my poor English.

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Christian Burgos

One of the most iconics masterpieces of this era... Knowing he is there, alive, playing for us is just amazing. :') thank you for your work Yann.

Vann

No !!!

FarukFuzun

This song is my all time favourite. The reason I’ve started to learn playing piano ten years ago, a masterpiece

Alex G.

Exactly!

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