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Je n'aime plus la rue Saint‑Martin

Language: French (Français)

Je n'aime plus la rue Saint-Martin
Depuis qu'André Platard l'a quittée,
Je n'aime plus la rue Saint-Martin,
Je n'aime rien, pas même le vin.

Je n'aime plus la rue Saint-Martin
Depuis qu'André Platard l'a quittée.
C'est mon ami, c'est mon copain,
Nous partagions la chambre et le pain.
Je n'aime plus la rue Saint-Martin.

C'est mon ami, c'est mon copain.
Il a disparu un matin,
Ils l'ont emmené, on ne sait plus rien,
On ne l'a plus revu dans la rue Saint-Martin.

Pas la peine d'implorer les saints,
Saint Merry, Jacques, Gervais et Martin,
Pas même Valérien qui se cache sur la colline.

Le temps passe, on ne sait rien,
André Platard a quitté la rue Saint-Martin.


Translation(s): ENG GER

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Translator's note: Desnos wrote this text in 1942 after his friend Platard disappeared. The Rue Saint-Martin is in central Paris, near the churches of St Merri, St Gervais and the Tour St-Jacques. But Valéien is west of the city; it's a fort where over 1000 Frenchmen were executed between 1941 and 1944, as Poulenc knew when he wrote the song in 1947. He knew also that the poet Desnos died in a German concentration camp.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Peter Low) , title 1: "He has disappeared", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Ingrid Schmithüsen) , title 1: "Der Verschwundene", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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