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Aznavour - "How sad Venice can be"

 

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Charles Aznavour wrote and recorded this song in 1964 that describes how sad one of the world’s most romantic cities can be when you’ve lost your love. Aznavour, often described as the "Frank Sinatra of France", is considered by many to be the king of torch songs. I’ve posted his original lyrics as well as the English translation:  

 

 

Que C'est Triste Venise

 

Que c'est triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
Que c'est triste Venise
Quand on ne s'aime plus.

Bridge of Sighs


On cherche encore des mots
Mais l'ennui les emporte
On voudrait bien pleurer
Mais on ne le peut plus.

Que c'est triste Venise
Lorsque les barcaroles
Ne viennent souligner que les silences creux
Et que le coeur se serre
En voyant les gondolles
Abriter le bonheur des couples amoureux.

Que c'est triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
Que c'est triste Venise
Quand on ne s'aime plus.

Les musées, les églises
Ouvrent en vain leurs portes
Inutile beauté
Devant nos yeux déçus.

Que c'est triste Venise
Le soir sur la lagune
Quand on cherche une main
Que l'on ne vous tend pas
Et que l'on ironise
Devant le clair de lune
Pour tenter d'oublier
Ce que l'on ne se dit pas.

Adieu tous les pigeons
Qui nous ont fait escorte
Adieu Pont des Soupirs
Adieu rêves perdus.

C'est trop triste Venise
Au temps des amours mortes
C'est trop triste Venise
Quand on ne s'aime plus.

 

 

How Sad Venice Can Be

How sad Venice can be
When you return alone
A fond memory
In every paving stone.

St Mark's Square-"Piazza San Marco"


I walk among the bird
That fill St. Marco’s Square
With echoes of her words
Around me in the air.

How sad Venice can be
When mandolins play
A song she sung for me
One unforgotten day.

Like images of sleep
The gondoliers go by
But when I try to weep
I find my tears are dry.

How sad Venice can be
When mist is in your eyes
And you can hardly see
As pigeons fill the skies.

I find the little street
And then the old café
Where we would always meet
To dream away the day.

How sad Venice can be
Beneath the silent moon
That rises from the sea
And silvers the lagoon.

I hear the vespers chime
And cross the Bridge of Sighs
I know that it is time
To bid my last goodbye.

There's nothing more to say
I pass beneath the light
And then I turn away
From Venice in the night.

How sad Venice can be
It's too lonely to bare
When you have lost the love
That you discovered there.

chatarunga says:
Thanks for those lyrics and the translation.
Posted on: Aug 06, 2010
row-zzzzz says:
Closest to Venice I've been is Macau and Las Vegas ... but when I got I will be shotting pics of bridges like you!! I can tell you were surrounded
Posted on: Jun 10, 2008
travelman727 says:
Roselle, when there are over 400 bridges in Venice, it's pretty easy to shoot a few of them :-D
Posted on: Jun 10, 2008
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Aznavour - How sad Venice can be
Aznavour - "How sad Venice can be"
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
St Marks Square-Piazza San Marco
St Mark's Square-"Piazza San Marco"
Entrance into Venezia
Entrance into Venezia
Venice - serenissima, most serene
Venice - "serenissima", most serene
Church of St. George San Giorgia
Church of St. George "San Giorgia"
Formed between Po & Piaye rivers
Formed between Po & Piaye rivers
Tug boat coming for Grand Princess
Tug boat coming for Grand Princess
To get around, walk or take a boat
To get around, walk or take a boat
Gondolas docked on the lagoon
Gondolas docked on the lagoon
San Marco, Venices largest plaza
San Marco, Venice's largest plaza
St Marks Square Piazza San Marco
St Mark's Square "Piazza San Marco"
St. Marks winged lion
St. Mark's winged lion
Doges Palace Palazzo Ducale
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St. Marks Basilica
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Basilica built on site in 832 AD
Basilica built on site in 832 AD
Venice Patriarchs home since 1807
Venice Patriarch's home since 1807
Venices most famous church
Venice's most famous church
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Virtuosi di Venezia playing Vivaldi
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Gondola steersman watches his head
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View from Rialto Bridge
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Church of St. George San Giorgia
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A special footbridge for high water
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Rialto (2nd Grand Canal Bridge)
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