The dying man

(Le moribond Jacques Brel)

 

Goodbye, Emile, I loved you true

Goodbye, Emile, I loved you true, you know

We sang our songs to the same booze

We sang our songs to the same girls

We sang our songs to the same blues

 

Goodbye, Emile, I'm gonna die

And it is hard to die in spring, you know

But in peace, I want to leave this world

Knowing you've got a heart of gold

So you will take care of my girl

 

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

Spread the joy all over town

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

When they put me six feet down

 

Goodbye, parson, I loved you true

Goodbye, parson, I loved you true, you know

Though we were not from the same kind

And we both followed our own path

We had the same ideals in mind

 

Goodbye, parson, I'm gonna die

And it is hard to die in spring, you know

But in peace, I want to leave this world

I know I can put my trust in you

So you will take care of my girl

 

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

Spread the joy all over town

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

When they put me six feet down

 

Goodbye, Antoine, I hated you

Goodbye, Antoine, I hated you deep, you know

But here I am, down on the floor

And I see you're still doing great

Wondering what I'm coming for

 

Goodbye, Antoine, I'm gonna die

And it is hard to die in spring, you know

But in peace, I want to leave this world

Knowing you already stole her heart

So you will take care of my girl

 

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

Spread the joy all over town

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

When they put me six feet down

 

Goodbye, my sweet, I loved you true

Goodbye, my sweet, I loved you true, you know

But I have to travel by God's hand

I have to leave, before you can

But I can't change the path that's planned

 

Goodbye, my sweet, I'm gonna die

And it is hard to die in spring, you know

But in peace, I want to leave this world

And I know you're strong enough

So I don't have to worry, girl

 

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

Spread the joy all over town

Oh, please laugh, sing and dance

When they put me six feet down

 

[23 mei 2005]