Jacques Brel Les Marquises English subtitles

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The last track on Brel's 1977 last album describes his last stop at Hiva Oa in French Polynesia, the Marquesas Islands. There, near to Gaugin's grave, he went to live with his last companion , actress-dancer Maddly Bamy. Despite austerites, he lived and in peace and beauty amidst pagans, missionaries and expatriots until he finally succumbed to complications of lung cancer in 1978. This beautiful song bears witness to his life there. The video of the Marquesas is from a documentary by Walter Ertvelt and Hedvig de Weedrt of Belgium.
Thanks to Ema of Rennes France, to Andre of New Zealand and PieAnne of France and the Word Reference Forum for help with this translation.

5 comments

. Wow top;), merci,
By eaaneaasi 5 years ago
Si çà c'est pas une immense chanson ... !
By jazzybach 6 years ago
grandiose digne du grand Jacques.il écrit alors qu'il part. quel adieu.
serait-ce un Brel, finalement heureux qui écrit?
By salman580 6 years ago
brel a choisit une des belles places de polynesie il avait raison cest joli
merci pour la chanson
By Habib habib bouraoui 7 years ago
une idée d'éternité !!!!
By Tinou70 8 years ago