"Ballade de Melody Nelson" as written by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier....
Ça c'est l'histoire
De Melody Nelson
Qu'à part moi-même personne
N'a jamais pris dans ses bras
Ça vous étonne
Mais c'est comme ça

Elle avait de l'amour
Pauvre Melody Nelson
Ouais, elle en avait des tonnes
Mais ses jours étaient comptés
Quatorze automnes
Et quinze étés

Un petit animal
Que cette Melody Nelson
Une adorable garçonne
Et si délicieuse enfant
Que je n'ai con-
Nue qu'un instant.

Oh! Ma Melody
Ma Melody Nelson
Aimable petite conne
Tu étais la condition
Sine qua non
De ma raison

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"Ballade de Melody Nelson" as written by Serge Gainsbourg Jean Claude Vannier

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    My InterpretationThis is the story
    Of Melody Nelson
    Who apart from myself no one
    Ever took in their arms
    That surprises you
    But that's how it is

    She had love
    Poor Melody Nelson
    Yeah, she had tons of it
    But her days were numbered
    Fourteen autumns
    and fifteen summers

    A little animal
    That Melody Nelson
    An adorable little girl
    And such a delicious child
    Who I only knew
    For an instant

    Oh! My Melody
    My Melody Nelson
    Lovable little idiot
    You were the condition
    Sine qua non
    Of my reason.

    English Translation Gratitude to A. Chabot
    upthegeeon April 29, 2009   Link

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