Spanish Pop Lyrics

Translations of the best Spanish, French and German pop and rock songs

LA FERMETURE ÉCLAIR by DELPHINE April 9, 2016

Filed under: 1960s,Delphine,French Pop Lyrics,Yé-Yé Girls — spanishpoplyrics @ 8:48 am

FRENCH POP LYRICS

“In the Past” was a 1966 single by the US garage group We The People. It features a fantastic riff played on an unusual instrument which the band called the octachord. However, the lyrics are not especially interesting.

Delphine, a yé-yé girl from Belgium, reworked the song that same year. Her version retains the exotic sounding riff*, but adds a much sexier set of lyrics about a boy trying to undo a certain zip!

SPOILER ALERT: She’s not having it.

NB The French word for zipper is quite long, and the lyrics cleverly split it into two to create the rhyme in the song’s hook.

* Apparently the backing track of “In the Past” made its way across the Atlantic without the band’s consent.

Here is more info. This excellent site (in French only) includes the lyrics to many yé-yé songs.

Even more info is here.

LA FERMETURE ÉCLAIR 

Tu es de bonne famille
Et très attentionné
Pourtant je me méfie
Les garçons c'est rusé
Et je tiens ferme 
L'œil sur la ferme - ture éclair

Je sais que ça te flatte
De me voir t'arrêter
Te dire « à bas les pattes ! »
D'un air très décidé
Et je tiens ferme
L'œil sur la ferme - ture éclair

Car si j'aime les jeux
Qui font briller les yeux
Finis les jeux
S'ils sont dangereux

Pourtant un jour viendra
Et ça tu le sais bien
Où ta main gagnera
Mais ce n'est pas demain
Car je tiens ferme
L'œil sur la ferme - ture éclair 
THE ZIPPER

You're from a good family
And you're very considerate
Yet I am wary
Boys are crafty
And I keep 
My eyes firmly on the zipper

I know that you take pride in
Seeing me stop you
I tell you "hands off!"
In a very determined manner
And I keep 
My eyes firmly on the zipper

Because yes, I like the games
That make your eyes shine
Stop the games
If they are dangerous

Yet the day will come
And you know it well
That your hand will win
But it's not tomorrow
Because I keep 
My eyes firmly on the zipper
*
 

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