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    Default Petula Clark

    Petula Clark
    is a world-famous English singer.
    But also a world-famous French singer...
    In 1957 she sang at the Olympia theatre in France.
    Asked to record in French, Petula declined at first but was quickly persuaded to do so by Frenchman Claude Wolff, whom she later married.

    This little summary gives greater depth to the meaning of the next song :


    Que fais-tu là Petula ? What do you do there, Petula ?

    Mon ancètre Mortimer, Mortimer Peabody My ancestor Mortimer, Mortimer Peabody
    Qui a fait 100 ans de guerre du côté anglais Who made 100 years of war on the English side
    Est un fantôme feroce qui ne me pardonne pasIs a ferocious fantom who does not forgive me
    D'avoir choisi pour mes noces un mari françoisfor having chosen a French husband for my wedding
    Et Mortimer toutes les nuits en colère me crie And Mortimer furiously shouts at me every night

    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you do there, Petula?
    What do you do there What do you do there?
    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you there Petula?
    Loin de l'Angleterre Far from England
    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you do there, Petula?
    I don't understand I don’t understand
    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you there, Petula?
    Come back to England Come back to England

    Remember Piccadilly
    Remember Piccadilly
    And Christmas pudding And Christmas pudding
    Remember Tipperary
    Remember Tipperary
    Return to the Queen
    Return to the Queen

    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you do there, Petula?
    Chez nos ennemis By our enemy
    Je suis mort a Fontenoy I fell at Fontenoy
    Tu nous as trahi You betrayed us

    Mon ancètre Mortimer, Mortimer Peabody My ancestor Mortimer, Mortimer Peabody
    A perdu une autre guerre Has lost another war
    Contre les Français Against the French
    Il s'est si bien habitué He got used so very well
    Au ciel de Paris To the sky of Paris
    Qu'il ne peut plus le quitter That he can’t leave it anymore
    Même pour une nuit Even for one night
    Quand je vais à Londres aujourd'hui When I go to London nowadays
    Mortimer me crie Mortimer shouts at me

    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you do there, Petula?
    What do you do there What do you do there?
    Ramène-moi, Petula, Take me back, Petula
    Aux Folies Bergères To the Folies Bergères

    Que fais-tu là, Petula What do you do there, Petula?
    Si loin de Paris So far from Paris
    Les Parisiennes, Petula, Parisiennes, Petula
    Very good for me Very good for me

    Leurs fantômes sont si jolis Their fantoms are so goodlooking
    Moi, je veux rentrer I want to go back
    Pour hanter toutes les nuits
    To haunt every night
    Les Champs Elysées The Champs Elysées

    C'est très extraordinaire, This is very extraordinary
    Ce fantôme anglais This English fantom
    Qui a fini par se faire naturaliser... Who ended up having himself naturalized...




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    Last edited by Frank van den Eeden; 05-31-2008 at 10:11 AM.
    beste groeten - sincères salutations - kindest regards - atentamente - mit freundlichen Grüßen

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    I had no idea Frank. I just love it...I will try to get more info on her. I really want to know more. Although curiosity killed the cat, that does not apply here!!
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