"The French Open" as written by Yannis Barnabas Emanuel Philippakis, Jack William Bevan, James Smith, Edwin Thomas Congreave and Walter James Morrison Gervers....
[Chorus: x4]
Un peu d'air sur la terre
D'air sur la
D'air sur la
D'air sur la terre

Wasted games
All these wasted games
Racquet's gadgets
Wasted games
All these wasted games
Racquet's

[Chorus: x4]

Waste away
All these wasted games
Racquet's gadgets
Wasted games
All these wasted games
Racquet's

Wasted games
Oh we waste away
Racquet's gadgets
Wasted games
All these wasted games
Racquet's


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"The French Open" as written by Jack William Bevan Edwin Thomas Congreave

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  • +1
    Song MeaningI think you're all wrong with your interpretations. Not wrong but you miss some information.
    Yes "Un peu d'air sur terre" litterally means "A bit of air on Earth" and this is the slogan of Lacoste.
    But here it is different " Un peu d'air sur LA terre". This "la" makes a lot of difference. It is a pun, they are playing with the words.
    Indeed French Open means it is about tennis. And the surface in Roland Garros is clay: in french "terre battue" or even "terre" when the context is tennis. So, in this context, and knowing they talk about powerful serves of Andy Roddick, I guess the meaning is that when the ball hits the clay, it raises a little bit of clay creating a dusty orange cloud/fog : "Un peu d'air sur la terre".
    Chernobyl7on April 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningJimmy (of Foals) has said in an interview that Yannis wrote this because of his interest in tennis player Andy Roddick, who has the fastest serve in the world.
    curlzmton January 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMe not being french and being given German in school,
    what do the lyrics mean?

    I like the vibe of the song
    but a lil more info about the lyrics would be nice.
    LDN*on November 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI couldn't tell what language it was when I heard it.

    A bit of air on the ground
    Air on
    Air on
    Air on the ground

    ?

    Tennis talk?
    numsiskiton November 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's also english lyrics

    Your wasted game! watch the second wave! rockets and gadgets and waste away!
    Oh we waste away
    boynamedmaxon February 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's not what quite what I hear. I hear lots of variations on the English part, and here they are:

    Wasting games, waiting games, rackets and gadgets!
    Waiting games, wasting games, rackets and gadgets!

    Waste away, wasting games, rackets and gadgets!
    Wasting games, waiting games, racket!
    Wasting games, waste away, rackets and gadgets!
    Wasting games, just wasting games, racket!
    AllyS2on February 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah AllyS2, that's exactly what I hear.
    Literate&Stylishon March 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnah they always loved tennis, lacoste was an afterthought
    _ellieon March 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song title is particularly witty, because it is the first song on the album
    jtownsendon March 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin an interview i saw, yannis was saying its mainly about andy roddick as he has the fastest serve in the world but cant win anything. "wasted games"
    melv123on April 08, 2008   Link

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