Worldly Wednesday, “Ça Plane Pour Moi,” Plastic Bertrand

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Aaaahh I love this song.  I love this song so much.  This is in the top ten list of personal theme songs.  The song’s chorus, “Ça plane pour moi,” very roughly translates into “This is working out great.”  It’s possible it’s ironic.  Actually, wait – it’s French.  It’s highly probable it’s ironic.  It sounds so upbeat in the face of so many annoying (and strange – again, it’s French) things happening to the guy – “it’s not today that the sky will fall on my head.”  Damn right, Monsieur Français!  This is a very good song for the day after a big night.  (Editor’s note: If you really tied one on last night, perhaps wait until those ibuprofen have taken effect before pressing play on this one.  It might make that headache just a touch worse.)  It is also a great way to kick out the old and bring in the new.  Oh hey there, 2014!  Ça plane pour moi!  

French lyrics followed by English translation – both the best I could do – below.

Wham! Bam! mon chat Splash
Git sur mon lit a bouffé
sa langue en buvant tout mon whisky
quant à moi peu dormi, vidé, brimé
J’ai dû dormir dans la gouttière
Ou j’ai eu un flash
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
En quatre couleurs

Allez hop! un matin
Une louloute est venue chez-moi
Poupée de cellophane, cheveux chinois
un sparadrap, une gueule de bois
a bu ma bière dans un grand verre en caoutchouc
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Comme un indien dans son igloo

Ça plane pour moi! Ça plane pour moi!
Ça plane pour moi moi moi moi moi
Ça plane pour moi
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Ça plane pour moi

Allez hop! la nana quel panard!
Quelle vibration!
de s’envoyer sur le paillasson
Limée, ruinée, vidée, comblée
You are the King of the divan!
Qu’elle me dit en passant
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
I am the King of the divan

Ça plane pour moi! Ça plane pour moi!
Ça plane pour moi moi moi moi moi
Ça plane pour moi
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Ça plane pour moi

Allez hop! t’occupe t’inquiète
touche pas ma planète
It’s not today
Que le ciel me tombera sur la tete
et que la colle me manquera
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Ca plane pour moi

Allez hop! ma nana s’est tirée
S’est barrée enfin c’est marre a tout casse
L’evier, le bar me laissant seul
Comme un grand connard
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Le pied dans le plat

Ça plane pour moi! Ça plane pour moi!
Ça plane pour moi moi moi moi moi
Ça plane pour moi
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Ça plane pour moi

Wham! Bam! my cat Splash 
lies on my bed with his tongue puffed out 
from drinking all my whisky. 
As for me, not enough sleep, drained, persecuted, 
I had to sleep in the gutter 
where I had a vision 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
in four colors 
 
Let’s go! One morning 
a darling came to my home, 
a cellophane puppet with Chinese hair, 
a band-aid, a hangover, 
drank my beer in a large rubber glass 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
like an Indian in his igloo 
 
This works for me, this works for me 
This works for me me me me me 
This work for me 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
This works for me 
 
Let’s go! That chick, what a gas! 
what a vibration! 
to be sent to the mat 
filed, ruined, drained, filled 
You are the King of the divan! 
she says to me in passing 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
I am the King of the divan 
 
This works for me, this works for me 
This works for me me me me me 
This work for me 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
This works for me 
 
Let’s go! Don’t mind, don’t worry 
It doesn’t affect me 
It’s not today 
that the sky will fall on my head 
and the glue will fail me 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
This life’s for me 
 
Let’s go! my chick has gone away, 
flew away, finally had enough, to break 
the sink, the bar, leaving me alone 
like a complete jerk 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
I’ve put my foot in it 
 
This works for me, this works for me 
This works for me me me me me 
This work for me 
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! 
This works for me 

 

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