Saturday, December 23, 2006

The disfigured princess

I have stumbled upon this amazing song. It is by Tina Arena and it's called Je m'appelle Bagdad.
I fell in love with the song once i listened to it. It's beautifully written and so true.

This is the link for the video (hopefully it works):
http://videos.tf1.fr/video/musique/clips/clips_s/0,,3297561,00.html

and here is the meaning of the lyrics:

J’ai vécu heureuse - I lived happily
Dans mes palais - in my palaces
D’or noir et de pierres précieuses - of black gold and precious stones
Le Tigre glissait - The Tigris was flowing
Sur les pavés de cristal - on crystal cobblestones
Mille califes se bousculaient - thousand caliphs lined up
Sur mes carnets de bal - on my bal lists

On m’appelait - They called me
La Cité pleine de grâce - the city full of grace
Dieu - God
Comme le temps passe - how time goes by

On m’appelait - they called me
Capitale de lumière - capital of light
Dieu - God
Que tout se perd - everything gets lost

*Chorus*
Je m’appelle Bagdad - My name is Baghdad
Et je suis tombée - and I fell
Sous le feu des blindés - under the fire of the tanks
Sous le feu des blindés - under the fire of the tanks
Je m’appelle Bagdad - My name is Baghdad
Princesse défigurée - defaced princess
Et Shéhérazade - and Sheherazad
M’a oubliée - has forgotten me

Je vis sur mes terres - I live on my land
Comme une pauvre mendiante - as a poor begger
Sous les bulldozers - under the bulldozers
Les esprits me hantent - ghosts haunt me
Je pleure ma beauté en ruine - I weep over my beauty in ruins
Sous les pierres encore fumantes - under stones still smoldering
C’est mon âme qu’on assassine - its my soul they murder

On m’appelait - they called me
Capitale de lumière - capital of light
Dieu - God
Que tout se perd - everything gets lost

*Chorus*

Mes contes des mille et une nuits - My thousands and one nights stories
N’intéressent plus personne - don't interest anybody anymore
Ils ont tout détruit - they destroyed everything

*Chorus*

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tres bein, mon cherie! Tina est une jolie chanteuse! hehehe, Je peux parler francais aussi!
Anyway, let's put that french bla bla aside and switch back to english!
The song is very effective! But, I haven't tried the link. Although, I'm not a 'french songs' fan, but this song is remarkable! I think I should drop on that url to download the clip!
Hey, I read in one of your postings that you are complaining about the low number of comments.
However, number of comments doesn't represent the number of your blog visitors! But, if you like to have more visitors and, in result, more comments for your posting! I recommend you to join the Iraqi Blog count on http://iraqblocount.blogspot.com. I can manage to do that if you want! I'm not one of the moderators though, but most of those red nosed nerds are my freinds!
They are in need for such a blogger like you, your blog has many intersting postings about living abroad and I think it will make the difference there in the blog count!

Dreamer said...

Wow, your french is good. I can't really say that I can speak french, maybe a few words here and there.
But the song is incredible, I have been listening to it non-stop.

And about joining the Iraqi Blog Count that will be great and I will appreciate it very much if it is possible to do that :) Thank you in advance.

Gilgamish said...

sounds like a great song, thanx for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

No problem, salsa gurl!
and happy eid and new year too!

Anonymous said...

tina arena was actually quoted to say:

"This is not a political song and it’s not about a political subject. It’s a metaphor - like a poem. It’s a woman saying ... I was once beautiful and now I’m in ruins, I’m destroyed."

so she didn't mean the song to be about bagdad itself, it was about a broken women

although i can see why many would take its literal meaning, as i did

mewmewmew said...

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mewmewmew said...

And about joining the Iraqi Blog Count that will be great and I will appreciate it very much if it is possible to do that :) Thank you in advance.



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