Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour: Francoise Hardy

Unfortunately, I am not allowed to embed this video and you will be taken to YouTube.

Le premier bonheur du jour
C’est un ruban de soleil
Qui s’enroule sur ta main
Et caresse mon épaule

C’est le souffle de la mer
Et la plage qui attend
C’est l’oiseau qui a chanté
Sur la branche du figuier

Le premier chagrin du jour
C’est la porte qui se ferme
La voiture qui s’en va
Le silence qui s’installe

Mais bien vite tu reviens
Et ma vie reprend son cours
Le dernier bonheur du jour
C’est la lampe qui s’éteint

The first happiness of the day
is a ribbon of the sun
which unfurls itself on your hand
and caresses my shoulder.

It’s the breath of the sea
and the beach that awaits.
It’s the bird that sings
on the branch of a fig tree.

The first sadness of the day
Is the door that closes,
The car that leaves,
The silence that settles.

But soon you return
and my life takes up its course.
The last happiness of the day
Is the lamp that is extinguished.

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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour: Francoise Hardy

  1. Oh, how that song brings back my adolescence! Thank you!

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