La lune trop bl�me
Pose un diad�me
Sur tes cheveux roux
La lune trop rousse
De gloire �clabousse
Ton jupon plein trous
La lune trop p�le
Caresse l'opale
De tes yeux blas�s
Princesse de la rue
Soit la bienvenue
Dans mon coeur bless�
les escarliers de la butte
Sont durs aux mis�reux
Les ailes des moulins
Prot�gent les amoureux

Petite mandigotte
Je sens ta menotte
Qui cherche ma main
Je sens ta poitrine
Et ta taille fine
J'oublie mon chagrin
Je sens sur tes l�vres
Une odeur de fi�vre
De gosse mal nourrie
Et sous ta caresse
Je sens une ivresse
Qui m'an�antit
les escaliers de la butte
Sont durs aux mis�reux
Les ailes des moulins
Prot�gent les amoureux
Mais voil� qu'il flotte
La lune qu'il flotte
La princesse aussi
La la la la la La la la la la
Mon r�ve �vanoui
Les escaliers de la butte
Sont durs aux mis�reux
Les ailes des moulins
Prot�gent les amoureux


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La Complainte de la Butte song meanings
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    General Comment"My butt does not have any complaints!" - Rufus Wainwright
    spastic_kittyon October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful, beautifully sung song. Rufus' training in opera obviously came in handy for this piece and definitely shines through. I'm not sure if he is fluent in French or not but his pronounciation is wonderful. Even if you can't understand the words it's a great song to just listen to.
    MissMaweeon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdelicate and beautiful. although, i'm a bit in the dark about the words that are sung in English. anyone?
    skizdion June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell Rufus is Canadian French Canadian maybe :) I know one part the "Sont durs aux miséreux Les ailes des moulins Protègent les amoureux" in english is "Can make the wretched sigh While windmill wings Of the moulin Shelter you and I"
    rubenon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know where i can find an english version of this song?
    dressed to killon June 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentEnglish Translation:
    The moon all too fair
    in your russet-red hair
    sits a sparkling crown
    The moon all too red
    with glory, is spread
    on your poor, tattered gown
    The moon, all too white,
    caresses the light in your world-weary eyes
    Princess of the street,
    do allow me to greet you,
    my broken heart cries

    Chorus:
    The stairways up to la butte
    Can make the wreched sigh
    While windmill wings of the moulin
    shelter you and I

    I feel, beggar-girl,
    your feathers, they curl
    as they seek out my wrists
    I feel your young breasts,
    your thin little waist
    I lose my regrets
    I taste on your mouth the feverish breath of a half-starving waif
    And with your caress
    I sense drunkenness
    erasing my life

    Chorus:
    The stairways up to la butte
    Can make the wreched sigh
    While windmill wings of the moulin
    shelter you and I

    And see how she skips,
    the moon how she drifts,
    The princess in tow
    Da da da da da da da da da da
    My reveries grow
    The steps of Montmartre, all uphill, are hardest on the poor
    The sails of the windmill, like wings, shelter all paramours
    rubenon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    reformedpoeton July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely amazing. I've been looking for accurate lyrics for a while. Thank you.

    Question for Ruben: Are the French Lyrics accurate? It seems as if the singer is singer different words from time to time, than is printed.
    Thanks, ~Resonnant
    resonnanton July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh im not totally sure if they are 100% correct.
    rubenon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSimply beautiful song. I wish it was played longer and louder in Moulin Rouge. It was so fitting, too.
    LunarCrevanon August 23, 2002   Link

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