Le portrait de Marcel

from Envier les vivants - 2020 by Intenable

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lyrics

Des flics ont détruit le portrait de Marcel,
Mutilé son gilet, son visage, ses rides creusées par le gel.
Avec lui une France, celle qui cause pas très bien,
Aux dents qui se chevauchent, s’il en reste,
Celle des zones industrielles,
Celle qui fouille dans tes poubelles.

Celle qui a honte, celle qui grimace,
Le dos courbé, les mains pleines de crasse,
Celle qui bégaie devant l’olympe,
A qui on répète que c’est pas si simple,
Celle qui est triviale, dure à la peine,
Celle qui s’endette et puis celle qui se saigne,
(Celle qui a défoncé des portes)
(Celle qui a ouvert des routes)
Celle qui parlait à personne.

Des flics ont détruit le portrait de Marcel,
Et si la France de Marcel allait saccager, démonter la tour Eiffel ?
Celle des derniers de cordée qui choisit ses symboles,
Et qui prend ses gueules cassées pour poser une auréole,
Pour poser son auréole.


The portrait of Marcel - ENGLISH VERSION
(inspired from a graffiti / mural by Swed Oner)

Some cops dismantled the portrait of Marcel,
Mangled his (yellow) vest, his face, his wrinkles and frostbitten skin.
Along with him a France, not the well-spoken one,
With crooked teeth, if any left,
The one from industrial sites,
The one rummaging through your trash.

The one ashamed, the one wincing,
Task-arched back, dirt and grime covered hands,
Stuttering down Mount Olympus,
Constantly told it is "not that simple",
The trivial one, the extra miles,
Getting into debt to contract a loan again,
(The one that kicked down the doors)
(The one that did pave the way)
Now speaking for itself.

Some cops dismantled the portrait of Marcel,
What if Marcel’s France would go and ransack, unbolt the Eiffel Tower ?
A sewage-labor-force choosing its own symbols,
Selecting some gueules cassées* to crown them with a halo,
To put its own halo crown.

The one ashamed, the one wincing,
Task-arched back, dirt and grime covered hands,
Stuttering down Mount Olympus,
Constantly told it is "not that simple",
The trivial one, the extra miles,
Getting into debt to contract a loan again,
(The one that kicked down the doors)
(The one that did pave the way)
Now speaking for itself.

The one ashamed, the one wincing, now speaking for itself.


* an expression for facially disfigured soldiers which originated in WW1. Here designating someone whose body and face are conspicuously marked by the lack of money, social pressure, manual and physical labor.

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