Adieu – Coeur de Pirate / French lyrics and English translation

Coeur de Pirate has finally released her new single “Adieu” and I love it! French lyrics and English translation after the jump.

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FrenchEnglish
Tu ris si mal, tu ris de vide
Des taches de vin sur ta chemise
Qui a deux boutons éclatés
Sur ton corps qui me repoussait

Tu fais l’amour en deux poussées
L’amour, le manque, et la tournée
Et pendant que tu t’articules
Moi je soupire et toi tu me

Menaces de partir
Parce que je hurle
Quand tu chantes tes souvenirs
Eh bien chéri
Prends donc la porte
Car tu sais que plus rien ne m’importe

Mais dis moi adieu demain
Mais dis moi adieu en chemin
Va voir les autres, je n’en pense rien
Je t’ai aimé mais je t’assure que c’est la fin

Crois-tu pouvoir enfin me dire
Que tu veux bien qu’on reste amis
Non c’est gentil, ça va comme ça
Des amis j’en ai plein déjà

Je n’aurai donc plus à t’entendre
Rentrer la nuit quand j’attends l’aube
Qui arrive en poussant les heures
Moi je me lève et toi tu me

Menaces de partir
Parce que je hurle
Quand tu chantes tes souvenirs
Eh bien chéri
Prends donc la porte
Car tu sais que plus rien ne me va

Mais dis moi adieu demain
Mais dis moi adieu en chemin
Va voir les autres, je n’en pense rien
Je t’ai aimé mais je t’assure que c’est la fin

Mais dis moi adieu demain
Mais dis moi adieu en chemin
Va voir les autres, je n’en pense rien
Je t’ai aimé mais je t’assure que c’est la fin

You laugh, ugly and hollow
Wine stains on your shirt
Which has two broken buttons
On your body that pushed me away

Your make love in two thrusts
Love, lack, and turning sour
And while you articulate yourself
I sigh, and you…

Threaten to leave me
Because I yell when you sing your memories
Alright then dear
There’s the door
Because you know that nothing matters to me anymore

But tell me goodbye tomorrow
Tell me goodbye on the way out
Go see other people, I won’t think anything of it
I loved you, but I assure you it’s the end

Do you really think you can say to me
That you want to stay friends?
No, that’s nice, I’m good like this
I have plenty of friends already

Now I won’t have to hear you
Coming home at night while I’m waiting for dawn
Which comes by pushing through the hours
I get up and you…

Threaten to leave me
Because I yell when you sing your memories
Alright then dear
There’s the door
Because you know that nothing matters to me anymore

But tell me goodbye tomorrow
Tell me goodbye on the way out
Go see other people, I won’t think anything of it
I loved you, but I assure you it’s the end

But tell me goodbye tomorrow
Tell me goodbye on the way out
Go see other people, I won’t think anything of it
I loved you, but I assure you it’s the end

Vocabulary and Explanation:

tache (des taches) (feminine noun): stain
des taches du vin = wine stains

boutons: buttons
éclater: to burst
boutons éclatés: broken buttons




repousser: the verb repousser can mean either “to push away,” “to push back” or to “reject or turn down.” I think in this context when she sings “ton corps qui me repoussait” she means “your body, which pushes me away.” In the next line she talks about how he makes love, so I’m guessing she means that he physically pushes her back, rather than rejecting her.

Tu fais l’amour en deux poussées: You make love in two thrusts. Yes, it’s what you think it is: our girl Coeur de Pirate is dealing with a one minute man! No woman could possibly be satisfied with just two thrusts, so is it any wonder that she says “adieu” to this guy??

**UPDATED**
This line is a bit cryptic:
L’amour, le manque, et la tournée
L’amour = love, le manque = lack (shortage), la tournée = turning (as in turning sour)

I wasn’t 100% sure what she was talking about here. But reader Jacquelyn pointed out that “la tournée” refers to something turning sour (like milk). So I think the speaker her is singing about three stages of love: the love, the loss (lack), and then the relationship turning sour.

Next line:
Et pendant que tu t’articules = and while you are articulating yourself
articuler = to articulate

The impression that I get is that this guy is always talking about himself, and that he repeats his stories a lot. Because the next line is:
Moi je soupire et toi tu me menaces de partir, parce que je hurle quand tu chantes tes souvenirs.
I sigh and you threaten to leave, because I yell when you sing your memories.

Sounds to me like this guy bores Coeur de Pirate with his stories and she isn’t having it. Because next she says:

Eh bien chéri prends donc la porte, car tu sais que plus rien ne m’importe.
Alright then dear, there’s the door, because you know that nothing matters to me anymore.

“Prends donc la porte” literally translates as “take/use the door.” So really what she is saying is: “There’s the door – USE IT.”

en chemin: on the way
Dit-moi adieu en chemin: Tell me goodbye on the way out

Va voir les autres, je n’en pense rien: Go see other people, I won’t think anything of it
Here she likely means “see” as in “date” or “be involved with.” Basically, “go ahead and date other girls, I don’t care!”

Je n’aurai donc plus à t’entendre
Rentrer la nuit quand j’attends l’aube
Qui arrive en poussant les heures

OK, so the first part is really simple:
I won’t have to hear you anymore
Coming home at night while I’m waiting for dawn

It took me AGES to figure out what “pousser les heures” meant. Literally the next line:
Qui arrive en poussant les heures

translates as:
Which happens by pushing the hours

I had to understand “pousser les heures.” I asked many, many francophones (Canadian and French) and no one had ever heard this saying. As far as I can tell, it is a poetic Quebecois saying that is not that popular, and is mostly used in songs or literature. As far as I can tell, in this context I think we can take it to mean that the dawn “pushes through the night.”

And then it’s back to the chorus!

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8 Comments

  1. Bill

    Thank you very much for this great work!

    I am just beginning to put together phrases in French and this work will add to my options for learning this beautiful language.

    About the phrase “pousser les heures”, taking all that you have said and the context of all the other lyrics to this song. My interpretation not as a linguist but a lover is that she means the dawn that tortuously arrives. Basically, time ticking away painfully slow as you wonder where they are, what are they doing, why aren’t the home yet, who are they with, and all these crazy random thoughts we think when we are in love with someone and they are not reciprocating that love.

    Thanks again!

    Bill

  2. Branden

    What a helpful translation! I am so glad to have come across this on the internet. You did a wonderful job. It seems as though you put a lot of hard work into this.

  3. Have you considered that maybe instead of “l’amour, la manque, et la tournée”, she is saying “blâmant la manque, et la tournée”?

  4. Jacquelyn

    I may have an answer to your translation problem with “la tournée.”
    In French, “la tournée” is used to describe the spoiling of food, particularly milk. I think what she means is the love is turning sour (like milk).

    • French2Music

      Hey Jacquelyn,

      Thank you! I’ll add that in. It makes sense that she would be spelling out three stages: the love, the loss, and the “turning sour.” Thanks again!

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