J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme
May 12, 2015 12:49 AM   Subscribe

Watch French singer Patrick Bruel realize just how big his song J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme had become, in a concert from the 90s.

Lyrics in English according to a commenter on BoingBoing:

I'm still telling you

We could have told all that to each other
Elsewhere than at the cafe down there
That you would maybe leave
And maybe you wouldn't even come back
But anyway , what's sure
Is that we could have laughed it off

So we're going to break up like that ,
Like fools in front of the cafe down there
Like in a B movie
We both suck
We've been making fun so many times
Of the people who do that

But I find no chorus for our story
All the words that occur to me are pathetic
I pretty much know I've said it too much
But I'm still telling you .. I love you

I still want to thank you
For all the mean words we've never told to each other
Some people are laughing already
I don't care , I've never liked them
We looked too happy together
Some people can't stand that

But I find no chorus for our story
All the words that occur to me are pathetic
I pretty much know I've said it too much
But I'm still telling you .. I love you

I pretty much know I've said it too much
But I'm still telling you .. I love you

.. I love you .
posted by Harald74 (26 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
We both suck
sheer poetry!
posted by thelonius at 1:42 AM on May 12, 2015


Vid blocked hereabouts.

Tant pis.

Néanmoins, il y a un vid du même chanson en 2014.

Et ça, c'est étincelant!
posted by Mister Bijou at 2:05 AM on May 12, 2015


I heard a thousand teenage voices cry out saying, "My lighter has burned my thumb"
posted by Devonian at 2:20 AM on May 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


That was very sweet. The look on his face, most of all.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:24 AM on May 12, 2015 [10 favorites]


Patriiiiiiick!! I've never particularly liked him but the look on his face, and his tears as it continued, were really touching. Seemed like he had no idea his work could have reached so many.
posted by melisande at 2:56 AM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


That was surprisingly - nice. I ... I ...don't have anything to snark about here. Maybe I should just go?
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:12 AM on May 12, 2015 [4 favorites]


See kids? Before cell phones we risked burning down the whole place by swaying with lighters! - or at least, as Devonian said, our thumbs.
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:13 AM on May 12, 2015


I saw this on reddit a couple of days ago. The best bit of the thread is this bot post that lists all the songs that came up in the thread along the lines of singers being surprised and/or audience participation.
posted by b33j at 3:17 AM on May 12, 2015 [4 favorites]


I almost posted this just before bed last night. I tried to find more details, but the most info I found was that this took place at the Olympia in 1991, and was a performance related to his album Si ce soir.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:27 AM on May 12, 2015


Oh, also FYI, every time the crowd melts down in screams, it's because they're anticipating "je t'aime" and they just can't handle it.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:44 AM on May 12, 2015 [9 favorites]


Oh, that was lovely.
posted by third word on a random page at 4:29 AM on May 12, 2015


Bruel's reaction is just great. He doesn't even try to sing. Thanks for posting this. I smiled the whole time. I love the translation too. All too meaningful, even to a bitter, jaded, robust man of middle years like me.

That reddit link round-up is pretty good too. Thanks, b33j. Honestly, it was worth it just for the video of the crowd singing along with the pre-concert playback of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Emirates Stadium. Hang in there for the bridge.
posted by ob1quixote at 4:34 AM on May 12, 2015 [6 favorites]


If you want to see a band reconnect with what they've done and what it means to their fans, you can't beat Blur's Glastonbury 09 gig. Oddly, the footage on YouTube doesn't have the To The End/This Is A Low bit where Damon really loses it, but Tender makes up for that.
posted by Devonian at 5:19 AM on May 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


Who's got two thumbs and has been falling down a youtube hole since this was posted?
this guy
posted by Mizu at 6:18 AM on May 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


I LOVE this! Thanks for posting!
posted by triggerfinger at 6:47 AM on May 12, 2015


Huh. Over here Patrick Bruel is mainly known for this song.

But this is v. sweet indeed.
posted by MartinWisse at 7:00 AM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Over here Patrick Bruel is mainly known for this song.

énorme!
posted by Mister Bijou at 7:18 AM on May 12, 2015


I don't know who he is, or what the song is, or WTF is going on, but I do know that this is beautiful.
posted by rankfreudlite at 7:46 AM on May 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm with everyone here in that this is entirely moving, and it almost brings tears to my eyes to see his reactions to the song.

On the OTHER hand... I'm so very glad I've never been at a concert like this... I don't want to hear the audience sing when I go to a concert (eg: if I saw something like this at a Leonard Cohen concert, I'd want to *smack* the audience), I come to hear the musician. He quits singing because there is no way his voice is going to be heard over the audiences.

"For he's a jolly good fellow" and "Happy Birthday" are the appropriate songs for everyone to jump into. Other than that, if there is a singer on stage, for fucks sake, let him sing.

/Bringing my snark into touching threads.
posted by el io at 9:29 AM on May 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is very cool.

I've had a similar experience as a songwriter, standing in the middle of a huge audience that was singing along to something I co-wrote. Truly one of the weirdest, most overwhelming experiences of my life.
posted by The World Famous at 9:37 AM on May 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


el io, I'm with you. I don't think it's snarky to say it. I'd be pissed if I paid good money to hear an artist and all I could hear was the audience scream-singing over the artist.

But I actually couldn't decide if he was pleased or slightly annoyed that he wasn't being allowed to sing. He kept trying to sing and then quitting after a few syllables. And he even stops playing completely a couple of times. Do we know for sure he's (pleasantly) surprised? I mean has he said in an interview or something? Or are we just guessing from his facial expressions?
posted by Beti at 10:17 AM on May 12, 2015


Do we know for sure he's (pleasantly) surprised? I mean has he said in an interview or something? Or are we just guessing from his facial expressions?

Well, he is crying. Tears of rage!!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 11:16 AM on May 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


I don't think that he couldn't sing, so much as he seemed to get choked up, or just really surprised at the response of the crowd. He looks incredibly happy/touched throughout, so I doubt he was upset about it.

I think when he stops playing is a dramatic point in the song. As stated upthread, it really seems like the audience is waiting for him to say the next line, and he's holding the tension for as long as he can.
posted by vernondalhart at 12:32 PM on May 12, 2015


Fair enough. I'll defer to the majority here. I'd certainly rather believe he was speechless with pleasure.

Honestly, it was worth it just for the video of the crowd singing along with the pre-concert playback of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Emirates Stadium

Hibs fans singing Sunshine on Leith is the one I always get chills from.
posted by Beti at 1:29 PM on May 12, 2015


That was just lovely. Merci.
posted by biscotti at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2015


The Salt Lake audiences can really belt out the tunes. Once at a Crosby, Stills &Nash concert, the audience sang back, "Our House." They were visibly moved and said how amazing and beautiful it was. Later in the years U2 was treated to a sing back of "What I'm Looking For," Bono said."You sing better than I do!"
posted by Oyéah at 9:15 PM on May 12, 2015


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