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Friday, 4 March 2016

ROCKERS & MODS #2: Jacques Dutronc

LA CHANSON EST LA VIE #2: Jacques Dutronc

 

JACQUES DUTRONC, Paris 1966



On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien
[They Hide Everything From Us, They Tell Us Nothing]
JACQUES DUTRONC
Vogue Single, 1966 
** See below for original French lyrics & BR translation 



The Mod/Le chansonnier: The following biography by YURI GERMAN is taken from the AllMusic website.  [It is re-posted here for recommendation purposes only and, like the material displayed above, remains its author's exclusive copyright-protected intellectual property.]

Singer/songwriter Jacques Dutronc gained popularity in his native France with his provocative songs that matched the rebellious spirit of the 1960s so well. Though he was absent from the musical scene for nearly a decade, pursuing a film career, he successfully returned to music in the early 1980s and still remains one of the most popular performers in the French-speaking world.

Dutronc started as a guitarist in the small rock group El Toro et les Cyclones, who recorded two singles. In 1965, he was asked by the manager of Françoise Hardy to write a few songs for her, so Dutronc composed Le Temps de l'Amour [The Time of Love] and Va Pas Prendre un Tambour [Don't Bang A Drum].  Having proven himself a successful songwriter, Dutronc decided to pursue a solo career. It started in 1966 with such hits as Et Moi et Moi et Moi [And Me And Me And Me], On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien [They Hide Everything From Us, They Tell Us Nothing], Les Play-Boys [The Playboys], and others. His 1968 song Paris s'éveille [Paris Wakes Up] became an instant classic of French pop music. In 1973, Dutronc successfully ventured into film acting, which would eventually bring him a Best Actor Cesar (the French equivalent to the Oscar) for the leading role in Van Gogh.

His musical career resumed in 1980 with the release of the album Guerre et Pets [War and Farts], the result of his collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg.  It was followed by 1984 hit single Merde en France [Shit in France]. Dutronc's 1987 album CQF boasted the work of Earl Slick (David Bowie's guitarist), Jean-Jacques Brunel (The Stranglers), and Etienne Daho, among others. After the successful 1992 tour, Dutronc released a live album and a collection of his old hits. His 1995 studio album Brèves Rencontres [Brief Encounters] was produced and arranged by Erdal Kizilcay.

Jacques Dutronc married chanteuse extraordinaire Françoise Hardy in 1981.  They are separated but remain married and, according to Wikipedia, still 'see each other regularly.'  Their son, born in 1973, is the accomplished jazz/pop guitarist Thomas Dutronc.  



Click HERE to visit the website of JACQUES DUTRONC (en français).  You can also click HERE to listen to more great music by JACQUES DUTRONC on YouTube.

Special thanks to everyone who takes the time to upload  music to YouTube.  Your efforts are appreciated by music lovers everywhere.



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**ON NOUS CACHE TOUT,
ON NOUS DIT RIEN


On nous cache tout, on nous dit rien
Plus on apprend plus on ne sait rien
On nous informe vraiment sur rien


Adam avait-il un nombril ?
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
Socrate a-t-il bu sa cigüe ?
L'aventure est-elle au coin de la rue ?
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
La vérité sur Dagobert
Quel était son manager ?


On nous cache tout, on nous dit rien
Plus on apprend plus on ne sait rien
On nous informe vraiment sur rien


La vérité sur La Palice
Quand c'est rugueux c'est pas lisse
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
 

Et l'affaire du masque de fer
Est-ce que Louis Quatorze était son frère ?
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
La vérité sur l'Obélisque
A-t-il été déclaré au fisc ?


On nous cache tout, on nous dit rien
Plus on apprend plus on ne sait rien
On nous informe vraiment sur rien


Savoir pourquoi Napoléon
Mettait la main dans son giron
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
L'affaire trucmuche et l'affaire machin
Dont on ne retrouve pas l'assassin
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
On nous cache-cache et cache-tampon
Colin-maillard et tartampion
Ce sont les rois de l'information


On nous cache tout, on nous dit rien
Plus on apprend plus on ne sait rien
On nous informe vraiment sur rien






THEY HIDE EVERYTHING FROM US,
THEY TELL US NOTHING
 

They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The more we learn the less we know
They really tell us nothing

Did Adam have a belly-button?
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
Did Socrates drink his hemlock?
Is adventure waiting at the street corner? 
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The truth about Dagobert
Who was his manager?  

They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The more we learn the less we know
They really tell us nothing

The truth about La Palice
When it's rough it's not smooth
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing

And the Man in the Iron Mask
Was Louis the Fourteenth his brother?
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The truth about the Obelisk
Has it been declared to the tax department?

They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The more we learn the less we know
They really tell us nothing

Do we know why Napoleon 
Used to put his hand inside his vest?
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The Lord and Lady Muck business
In which they never found the assassin?
They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
They play hide and seek and hunt the thimble
Sir This and Baron That
They're the kings of information

They hide everything from us, they tell us nothing
The more we learn the less we know
They really tell us nothing



Translated (very loosely) by BR

   

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