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GAINSBARRE by BUZY September 13, 2016

Filed under: 1980s,Buzy,French Pop Lyrics,Serge Gainsbourg — spanishpoplyrics @ 8:34 am

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Everything at French Pop Lyrics seems to revolve back to Serge Gainsbourg, and so what better way to close this series than with a tribute to him.

In 1981 Serge Gainsbourg referred to himself as ‘Gainsbarre’ on his song ‘Ecce Homo’. The name came to symbolise his eighties incarnation when he became more famous for his provocative appearances on TV than for his music. By this point Jane Birkin had left him, admitting after his death that “I really liked Gainsbourg, but I was afraid of Gainsbarre”. Gainsbourg then married the singer Bambou.

However, here ‘Gainsbarre’ is the title of an affectionate tribute song by Buzy which appeared on her album ‘I Love You Lulu’ (1985). Gainsbourg was the photographer for the cover art and he appears in the video. He wasn’t involved in the music, though I think that is his voice on the final line.

Below are some of the references to Gainsbourg in the lyrics. There may be more that I have missed. There are even more references in the video e.g. Buzy burning a 500 franc note (Gainsbourg did this on TV in 1984 as a protest against high taxes). Also, Buzy gets hit by a flash car while cycling, a reference to the ‘Melody Nelson’ album.

GAINSBARRE

REFRAIN:
Coup de bambou (1), coup de barre
J'ai rencontré Gainsbarre
Coup de bambou, coup de barre
Une drôle, une drôle d'histoire

Boudin (2) en gin
Le roi d'la rime
? mille et une nuits
Boudin en gin
Le roi d'la rime
Gainsbarre en travesti (3)

Coup de bambou, coup de barre
J'ai rencontré Gainsbarre
Coup de bambou, coup de barre
Je raconte mon histoire

Y m'dit :
« T'es belle gamine
Ton truc y rime
C'est marrant tes conneries »
« T'es belle gamine
Ton truc y swingue
OK j'y réfléchis »

Boudin en gin
Le roi d'la rime
? mille et une nuits
Boudin en gin
Le roi d'la rime
Gainsbarre en travesti

REFRAIN

Après l'Asie
Qui l'aurait cru
Chez le roi des tordus
Après l'Asie
Qui l'aurait cru
J'atterris convaincue
? m'a bien eue

Eh ouais !
GAINSBARRE

CHORUS:
Exhausted, suddenly I'm shattered
I met Gainsbarre
Exhausted, suddenly I'm shattered
A joker, a strange history

Black pudding and gin
The king of the rhyme
Thousand and one nights
Black pudding and gin
The king of the rhyme
Gainsbarre in drag

Exhausted, suddenly I'm shattered
I met Gainsbarre
Exhausted, suddenly I'm shattered
I'm telling my story

And he tells me:
"You're a cute little tomboy
Your knack, your rhymes
Your funny bullshit"
"You're a cute little tomboy
Your knack, the way you swing
OK - I'm thinking about it"

Black pudding and gin
The king of the rhyme
Thousand and one nights
Black pudding and gin
The king of the rhyme
Gainsbarre in drag

REFRAIN

After Asia
Who would've believed it
At the home of the king of freaks
After Asia
Who would've believed it
I end up convinced
It really got me

Oh yeah!

*

(1) I think ‘coup de bambou’ is an expression that means to be exhausted. Bambou is also the name of the singer who Gainsbourg married in 1981.

(2) Possibly a reference to the 1967 song ‘Les Petits Boudins’ written by Gainsbourg and previously featured on this blog.

(3) Gainsbourg appeared in drag on the cover of his 1984 album ‘Love On The Beat’.

 

 

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