Francis – Coeur de Pirate / French Lyrics and English Translation

Francis was the final single released off Coeur de Pirate’s eponymous debut album. It’s a beautiful song of encouragement for Béatrice’s best friend. Here are the lyrics, English translation, explanation of vocabulary, and an analysis of the song.

The song Francis was written by Coeur de Pirate for her best friend. When asked in an interview who the Francis in the song was, Coeur de Pirate said:

“Francis is my best friend. He is one of the best people on Earth and he is single.”

Read the full interview (in French) here.

So this is a song that Coeur de Pirate wrote to encourage her friend Francis. More analysis of the song, plus a breakdown of the vocabulary after the lyrics and translation below.





FrenchEnglish
Francis tu as tant de choses à dire
Mais le tout reste enfermé
Et quand tu ne sais plus quoi dire
Tu te mets à pleurer
Mais ça ton public le voit pas
Tu l’incites à rêver
Pendant que toi tu le regardes

Francis les mots restent bien coincés
Devant cette fille qui ne demande
Pas mieux que de se faire aimer
Mais toi tu ne sais pas comment t’y prendre
Ta gorge se resserre et ton cœœur bat de plus belle
Alors que tes yeux sont sur elle

Mais moi je ne t’oublierai pas
Et je compte sur toi
Pour venir en aide
À ceux qui ressentent pour toi
Ce que tu écris dans
Ces chansons pour elle

Francis je m’en vais bientôt
Et je pense très très fort à toi
Pendant que mes doigts au piano
Jouent tout ce que je te dois
Et rappelle-toi que tu peux
Avoir le monde à tes pieds
Si tu te laisses pas abattre
Par ceux qui te laissent de côté

Mais moi je ne t’oublierai pas
Et je compte sur toi
Pour venir en aide
À ceux qui ressentent pour toi
Ce que tu écris dans
Ces chansons pour elle

Mais moi je ne t’oublierai pas
Et je compte sur toi
Pour venir en aide
À ceux qui ressentent pour toi
Ce que tu écris dans
Ces chansons pour elle

Francis you have so much to say
But everything remains locked inside
And when you don’t know what to say anymore
You start to cry
But your public doesn’t see this part
You invite them to dream
While you watch

Francis the words stay trapped inside
When faced with this girl who asked for nothing
But to be loved
But you, you don’t know how to go about it
Your throat tightens and your heart beats faster
When your eyes are on her

But me, I won’t forget you
And I’m counting on you
To help
Those who feel for you
What you write in
Those songs about her

Francis, I’m leaving soon
And I think about you all the time
When my fingers are on the piano
Playing everything that I owe you
And reminding you that you can
Have the world at your feet
If you don’t let yourself be defeated by
Those who cast your aside

But me, I won’t forget you
And I’m counting on you
To help
Those who feel for you
What you write in
Those songs about her

But me, I won’t forget you
And I’m counting on you
To help
Those who feel for you
What you write in
Those songs about her

Vocabulary in “Francis”

This song is about the singer (Coeur de Pirate/Béatrice Martin) encouraging her best friend Francis, who appears to be a struggling writer or artist of some kind. There are a couple mentions of words being trapped within him, so I think he’s a writer, poet, or lyricist.

tant de choses: lots of (many) things

enfermé: locked, or in this context “locked in” or “kept inside”

coincé: trapped
You could also translate the line “les mots restent bien coincés” as “the words don’t come” but it literally translates to “the words stay trapped.




pas mieux que: only
The line “cette fille qui ne demande pas mieux que de se faire aimer” is an example of the French using the negative “ne pas” to mean something other than “not.” “Pas mieux que” literally means “not better than” – so you can see how this means “only” (i.e. “the girl wants no better than to be loved = the girl only wants to be loved).

comment t’y prendre: how to go about it

je compte sur toi: I have great faith in you OR I’m counting on you
In the context of this song, the meaning is probably a mixture of both. Béatrice is saying that she is counting on Francis to help the people who “feel about you the way that you feel about her.”

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