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Artemis
post Jun 29 2012, 06:31 PM
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Courtesy of Marc, who posted it at the French forum
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Il arrive souvent que les personnes couvertes d’esprit enflamme courent en appelant du secours.
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post Jun 29 2012, 07:24 PM
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This document comes directly from the Bourgeois family.

Not easy to translate, some of the words are argot.
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post Jun 29 2012, 08:51 PM
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Any chance it was recorded on an Edison cylinder?



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post Jun 29 2012, 09:01 PM
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QUOTE(Marc @ Jun 29 2012, 11:24 AM) *
Not easy to translate

That's why FV keeps linguists on staff.


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post Jun 29 2012, 09:08 PM
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Very cool!


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post Jun 29 2012, 09:14 PM
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Didn't the Sex Pistols do a cover of this?


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post Jun 29 2012, 09:33 PM
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QUOTE
That's why FV keeps linguists on staff.


And we got Jack . . .


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A fine absinthe is the product of knowledge, craftsmanship, and talent. An exceptional absinthe is the product of those things plus obsession. Most absinthe is the product of marketing.
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post Jun 29 2012, 10:17 PM
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QUOTE
That's why FV keeps linguists on staff.


I'm going to post a translation, but I'm glad Marc already mentioned the difficulty. There's a lot of French in it that's non-standard, to put it mildly.


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post Jun 29 2012, 10:47 PM
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C'est comme la chouette ! Ou peut-ętre que : Comme c'est la chouette !


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Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
Mon but est simplement d'obtenir Ricard hors de l'absinthe, juste lęchez le reste d'entre eux …
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post Jun 29 2012, 11:49 PM
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Rough and dirty, with some guessing and some artistic license:

In Pontarlier, charming country,
Very close to the border,
Is made something excellent
That they drink from full glasses
This soft nectar is matchless
It makes you gay,
It makes your face bright red,
And makes you sing:
The best of the Absinthes
Is truly Absinthe Bourgeois.

So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It puts joy in your heart.
Ah!
So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It's finger-licking good.

Absinthe Bourgeois, this is well-known,
Is a very good product.
Without hesitation, it may be drunk
There's no danger around it.
It is fortifying, aperitif,
Tonic and digestive,
To drink it is to believe,
And to want to drink more of it.
In Doubs, absinthe yourself
??? plainly my old Benoit.

To Paris, last week,
The king of Italy came,
We should all be proud of it.
Because he was all enraptured
When dismounting the royal train.
President Loubet
Told him my old friend, there's nothing bad about
Wetting the whistle.
You are thirsty! My old brother.
You cannot refuse a glass.

Henry IV on the Pont-Neuf
Was bored one evening,
And said to himself let me go see what there is of the nine
In Paris at present.
On arrival at Tuileries
Our jovial king
??? the old galantry
Said to Joan of Arc sincerely
My darling! My poppet!
Come have a cocktail.


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post Jun 30 2012, 08:28 AM
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You did a great job Artemis.
I just made small corrections (in bold):

In Pontarlier, charming country,
Very close to the border,
Is made something excellent
That they drink from full glasses
This soft nectar is matchless
It makes you gay,
It makes your face bright red,
And makes you sing:
The best of the Absinthes
Is truly Absinthe Bourgeois.

So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It puts joy in your heart.
Ah!
So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It's finger-licking good.

Absinthe Bourgeois, this is well-known,
Is a very good product.
Without hesitation, it may be drunk
There's no danger of being drunk.
It is fortifying, aperitif,
Tonic and digestive,
The more you drink, you can't believe it,
And the more to want to drink it.
In Doubs, absinthe yourself
That's the only truth my old Benoit.

To Paris, last week,
The king of Italy came,
We should all be proud of it.
Because he was all enraptured
When dismounting the royal train.
President Loubet
Told him my old friend, there's nothing bad about
Wetting the whistle.
We are thirsty! My old brother.
You cannot refuse a glass.

Henry IV on the Pont-Neuf
Was bored one evening,
And said to himself let me go see what's new
In Paris at present.
On arrival at Tuileries
Our jovial king
Remembering his old gallantry
Said to Joan of Arc sincerely:
My darling! My poppet!
Come have an aperitif.
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post Jun 30 2012, 05:57 PM
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Thank you. All the corrections are obvious to me. Now that you've pointed the way!
I should have spent more time on it; I would have gotten at least some of those right.IPB Image


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post Jun 30 2012, 09:53 PM
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Thanks to Feluchon (on the froggies forum), here is the original song on which the "L'Absinthe Bourgois" lyrics apply too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGe7MUlp3cQ
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post Jul 1 2012, 01:15 AM
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Frenchies.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA4KihbsISU


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post Jul 3 2012, 05:58 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ Jun 29 2012, 03:49 PM) *

Rough and dirty, with some guessing and some artistic license

I suspect that rough, dirty and the use of guessing and artistic license is a mark of accuracy.

Thank you very much Artemis and Marc.


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