Dissertation writing and Renaud’s ‘Hexagone’

This is to apologise for not writing so long, I’m in the final month of writing my dissertation so no time to spare at the mo.  If you’ve come back to look at the site, thanks a lot.  I’ve got a translation of ‘Je dors sur mes 2 oreilles’ in the making, so I’ll get that up sometime, and hopefully some stuff on UK hip-hop which I’m looking forward to.  Until then….

I’ve recently been playing Renaud’s song ‘Hexegone’ non-stop, it’s about France, goes through some of the big events in French history (Revolution, May 1968, D-Day landings etc.) and is written with each verse relating to a month of the year (Jan, Feb, etc.).  Awesome song, if scaldingly critical, check it out if you don’t know it: 
http://www.radioblogclub.com/open/147952/renaud/Renaud%20Hexagone

This is a snippet from the ‘May’ verse, about student and workers strikes in ’68 that almost brought down the government, just as it is not rhymed:

They remember the month of May
Of a blood which ran red and black
Of a failed revolution
Which should have changed history.
Most of all, I remember those sheep,
Frightened by Liberty
Going to vote in their millions
For order and security

Ils se souviennent, au mois de mai,
d’un sang qui coula rouge et noir,
d’une révolution manquée
qui faillit renverser l’Histoire,
j’me souviens surtout d’ces moutons,
effrayés par la Liberté,
s’en allant voter par millions
pour l’ordre et la sécurité.

Full lyrics: http://www.paroles.net/chansons/15646.htm

There is a video – but it’s not a great version: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhhnq_renaud-hexagone

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