LITERAL TRANSLATION

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J'en ai marre !

I have the soft skin
in my bubble bath
I splash myself
I laugh at it!
My [fish moves / goldfish]
in my bubble bath
I wrap it up tightly
I say to him:

I don’t have a problem
I'm idling
No faintness
I'm idling
In water I bathe
It's most important
Well at ease
with the way things are now

I have the soft skin
in my bubble bath
I bubble [laze around] in the shade
of the bombshells
All is delight (here...)
A minor offence: (oh yes...)
I make the list of the things
which upset me

I’m fed up with those who cry,
who roll along at only 2 km per hour,
who lament and who are fixated
on the idea of an obsession
I’m fed up with those who grumble,
of the extremists with 2 balls
who see life all in black,
who send me into a low mood
I’m fed up with the older sister
who groans about everything & cries
Fed up with the rain, and courgettes
which make me vomit under the quilt
I’m fed up with these cynics
& in the meadows poisonous flowers**
I'm fed up of being fed up
Also...

I have the soft skin
in my bubble bath
No earth tremors
I lounge (here...)
And rest myself (oh yes...).
It is my watery state,
There’s a little difficulty!

ORIGINAL LYRICS
© Editions ISIAKA 2003
J'en ai marre !
Mon bain de mousse Mon bain de mousse

J'ai la peau douce
Dans mon bain de mousse
Je m'éclabousse
J'en ris !
Mon poisson bouge 1
Dans mon bain de mousse
Je l'emmitoufle
Je lui dis :

J'ai pas d'problèmes
   je fainéante
Pas de malaises
   je fainéante
Dans l'eau je baigne
   c'est l'important
Bien à mon aise
   dans l'air du temps

J'ai la peau douce
Dans mon bain de mousse
Je bulle à l'ombre
Des bombes
Tout est délice (ici...)
Délit docile : (oh oui...)
Je fais la liste des choses
Qui m'indisposent

J'en ai marre de ceux qui pleurent
Qui ne roulent qu'à deux à l'heure
Qui se lamentent et qui s'fixent
Sur l'idée d'une idée fixe
J'en ai marre de ceux qui râlent
Des extrémistes à deux balles
Qui voient la vie tout en noire
Qui m'expédient dans l'cafard
J'en ai marre de la grande soeur
Qui gémit tout et qui pleure
Marre de la pluie, des courgettes
Qui m'font vomir sous la couette
J'en ai marre de ces cyniques
Et dans les prés les colchiques 2
J'en ai marre d'en avoir marre
Aussi...

J'ai la peau douce
Dans mon bain de mousse
Pas de secousses sismiques
Je me prélasse (ici... )
Et me délasse (oh oui...)
C'est mon état aquatique
Y'a comme un hic !
1During the En Concert performance
(available on DVD and CD)
this line sounds like
Mon poisson rouge
("my goldfish")

2http://www.feelingsurfer.net/
garp/poesie/Apollinaire.
Colchiques.html

The narrator of the poem feels his
life ebbing away, entranced by
his lovers’ eyes, the same way the
cattle grazing in the meadows
are slowly poisoned by the
appealing colchique flowers.

ORIGINAL LYRICS
© Editions ISIAKA 2003
I'm fed up!
Mon bain de mousse Mon bain de mousse

Bubbles and water
Legs up for hours
My goldfish is un...
  ..der me
To bathe for hours
Makes my mouth water
I’m “foamely” ec...
  ..static

It’s not a problem
I lazy ‘round
Bubbly and stubborn
I lazy ‘round
Melon and water
Is just a dream
It makes me wonder
Is it a “sin”?

Bubbles and water
Legs up for hours
“Bombs”, you can go away
  from me!
Today lying low
Twisting up my toes
I swim in such harmony
So what bothers me:

I’m fed up with loneliness
With my uncle overstressed
Fumbling, crawling for something
That never shows, just a dream.
I’m fed up with creeps crying
Over the past, such a sin
Not to be cool, but a fool
If I could mess up their rules.
I’m fed up with your complaints
Baby, well I’m not a saint!
Fed up with the rain, the plane...
That makes me throw up again.
I’m fed up with all cynics
Bathing caps and all critics
I’m fed up with being fed up!
  Poor me!

Bubbles and water
Legs up for hours
My goldfish still under me!
Delight of pleasures
Aquatic treasures
A place out of misery,
  my fantasy


REFLECTION: a complementary
complimentary interpretation...
*** UNOFFICIAL ***

J'en ai marre !

Feel my skin's softness
In bubbles of moistness
Splashing so I'm so
Giddy!
My pet is restless
In bubbles of moistness
Snuggling up close
To me:

No doubts arising
Do what I want
Revitalising
Do what I want
So tantalising
It's what I want
So mesmerising
No matter what!

Feel my skin's softness
In bubbles of moistness
Simmer in sirens'
Shadows
Totally lovely (oh see...)
Delights so cheeky (oh please...)
Making a list of all those
That bug me so

I'm fed up with those who weep
Living like they're half asleep
Keep whining in certainty
Say they know what's best for me
I'm fed up with those who sigh
Chromosomes a reason why
Deny the light their life dark
To sour my life they try hard
I'm fed up with that sister
Cries it's all wrong life missed her
Fed up with rain, damn courgette
Made me ill my bed upset
I'm fed up with these cynics
Apollinaires' bleak lyrics
I'm fed up of being fed up
Oh please...

Feel my skin's softness
In bubbles of moistness
No shock disturbing my peace
Lounging carelessly (oh see...)
Harmoniously (oh please...)
Sail on serenely my seas
What can stop me!