Jacques Brel : Parody

It is raining here in Brussels

even amid cobbled streets emptied

of their customary hostility it is raining ,

raining always in my Brussels

a town where my dreams were stolen from me

by events too sad to recall

on this rain damaged day ;

I gaze at a bleak horizon

that stares back at me unwaveringly ,

its bleakness disparaging any hope that

I might harbour of a dry evening ,

of at least a few hours devoid of incessant rain ;

Soon I will go ,

go and have lunch

at the bistro on the corner ,

of a deserted and inhospitable cobbled street ,

partaking of my quotidian ” saucisses avec frites ” ,

I will thereupon ponder my fate ,

my disillusionment with life in general

and consider ending it all amid the rain ,

as it is raining here in Brussels ,


( Footnote :-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jacques Brel

Birth name Jacques Romain Georges Brel
Born 8 April 1929
Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Died 9 October 1978 (aged 49)
Bobigny, France
Genres Chanson
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1953–1978

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French: [ʒak bʁɛl]; 8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following—initially in Belgium and France, later throughout the world. He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson.[1] Although he recorded most of his songs in French and occasionally in Dutch, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. English translations of his songs were recorded by many top performers in the United States, including Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, the Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Andy Williams.[2] In French-speaking countries, Brel was also a successful actor, appearing in ten films. He also directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.[3] Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time. )

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