Friday 15 May 2015

Brother Gorilla

I have been looking a long time for a decent translation of a song of Georges Brassens, one of my favourite French singers and my favourite poet of the Fench language. I found this version of Le Gorille by Jake Thackray, which I think was quite good. Not nearly as rich and powerful as the original of course (there is even a bit lacking), but still, it is done with genuine love and deference to the source material. And it is still a brilliant piece, funny, burlesque, uncompromisingly offensive and yet profound. In fact, it is a profoundly humanist song.

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