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5. Couplets bachiques

by Francis Poulenc From Chansons gaillardes

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5. Couplets bachiques
French source: Anon.

Je suis tant que dure le jour
Et grave et badin tour à tour.
Quand je vois un flacon sans vin,
Je suis grave, je suis grave,
Est-il tout plein, je suis badin.

Je suis tant que dure le jour
Et grave et badin tour à tour.

Quand ma femme me tient au lit,
Je suis sage, je suis sage,
Quand ma femme me tient au lit
Je suis sage toute la nuit.

Si catin au lit me tient
Alors je suis badin.
Ah! belle hôtesse, versez-moi du vin.
Je suis badin, badin, badin.

Bacchic verses
English translation © Richard Stokes

Throughout the livelong day
I'm sad and merry in turn.
When I see a flagon without wine
I'm sad, I'm sad,
When it's brimful, I'm merry.

Throughout the livelong day
I'm sad and merry in turn.

When I'm in bed with my wife,
I behave, I behave,
When I'm in bed with my wife,
I behave all night long.

If I'm in bed with a whore,
Then I'm merry.
Ah! fair hostess, pour me some wine,
I'm merry, merry, merry.

5. Couplets bachiques
French source: Anon.

Bacchic verses
English source: Richard Stokes

Je suis tant que dure le jour
Throughout the livelong day
Et grave et badin tour à tour.
I'm sad and merry in turn.
Quand je vois un flacon sans vin,
When I see a flagon without wine
Je suis grave, je suis grave,
I'm sad, I'm sad,
Est-il tout plein, je suis badin.
When it's brimful, I'm merry.

Je suis tant que dure le jour
Throughout the livelong day
Et grave et badin tour à tour.
I'm sad and merry in turn.

Quand ma femme me tient au lit,
When I'm in bed with my wife,
Je suis sage, je suis sage,
I behave, I behave,
Quand ma femme me tient au lit
When I'm in bed with my wife,
Je suis sage toute la nuit.
I behave all night long.

Si catin au lit me tient
If I'm in bed with a whore,
Alors je suis badin.
Then I'm merry.
Ah! belle hôtesse, versez-moi du vin.
Ah! fair hostess, pour me some wine,
Je suis badin, badin, badin.
I'm merry, merry, merry.

Composer

Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read the full…

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