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Parlez-moi de la pluie et non pas du beau temps
Tell me about the rain, not about nice weather
Le beau temps me dégoûte et me fait grincer les dents
Nice weather disgusts me and makes me cringe
Le bel azur me met en rage
Beautiful azure enrages me
Car le plus grand amour qui me fut donné sur terre
For the greatest love that was given to me on earth
Je le dois au mauvais temps, je le dois à Jupiter
I owe it to bad weather, I owe it to Jupiter
Il me tomba d'un ciel d'orage
It fell from a stormy sky
Par un soir de novembre, à cheval sur les toits
One evening in November, straddling the roofs
Un vrai tonnerre de Brest, avec des cris de putois
A true thundering typhoon, with shouts of polecats
Allumait ses feux d'artifice
Lightened its fireworks
Bondissant de sa couche en costume de nuit
Bouncing off her bed in a night suit
Ma voisine affolée vint cogner à mon huis
My overwhelmed neighbor came knocking at my door
En réclamant mes bons offices
Claiming my good offices
"Je suis seule et j'ai peur, ouvrez-moi, par pitié
"I am alone and I am afraid, open to me, out of pity
Mon époux vient de partir faire son dur métier
My husband just left to do his hard job
Pauvre malheureux mercenaire
Poor unfortunate mercenary
Contraint de coucher dehors quand il fait mauvais temps
Forced to sleep outside when the weather is bad
Pour la bonne raison qu'il est représentant
For the good reason that he is a salesman
D'une maison de paratonnerres "
For a lightning rod manufacturer"
En bénissant le nom de Benjamin Franklin
Blessing the name of Benjamin Franklin
Je l'ai mise en lieu sûr entre mes bras câlins
I put her in a safe place between my cuddly arms
Et puis l'amour a fait le reste
And then love did the rest
Toi qui sèmes des paratonnerres à foison
You who sow lightning rods aplenty
Que n'en as-tu planté sur ta propre maison
Why didn't you put one on your own house
Erreur on ne peut plus funeste
An error that couldn't be more disastrous
Quand Jupiter alla se faire entendre ailleurs
When Jupiter went to be heard elsewhere
La belle, ayant enfin conjuré sa frayeur
The beauty, having finally conjured her fright
Et recouvré tout son courage
And recovered all her courage
Rentra dans ses foyers faire sécher son mari
Returned home to help her husband dry up
En me donnant rendez-vous les jours d'intempéries
While booking me for bad weather days
Rendez-vous au prochain orage
Let's meet when the next storm comes
À partir de ce jour je n'ai plus baissé les yeux
From that day on I did not lower my eyes
J'ai consacré mon temps à contempler les cieux
I spent my time contemplating the heavens
À regarder passer les nues
Watching the clouds come and go
À guetter les stratus, à lorgner les nimbus
Watching stratuses, eyeing the nimbuses
À faire les yeux doux au moindre cumulus
Making eyes at any cumulus
Mais elle n'est pas revenue
But she did not come back
Son bonhomme de mari avait tant fait d'affaires
Her sweet husband had made so many good deals
Tant vendu ce soir- de petits bouts de fer
Sold so many little bits of iron that night
Qu'il était devenu millionnaire
That he had become a millionaire
Et l'avait emmenée vers des cieux toujours bleus
And had taken her under never-ending blue skies
Des pays imbéciles jamais il ne pleut
Foolish countries where it never rains
l'on ne sait rien du tonnerre
Where people know nothing about thunder
Dieu fasse que ma complainte aille, tambour battant
God make my lament go, quickly
Lui parler de la pluie, lui parler du gros temps
Tell her about the rain, tell her about bad weather
Auxquels on a tenu tête ensemble
Which we resisted together
Lui conter qu'un certain coup de foudre assassin
Tell her that a killer lightning
Dans le mille de mon cœur a laissé le dessin
In my heart's bullseye left the drawing
D'une petite fleur qui lui ressemble
Of a small flower that resembles her
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