Beginning French Lyrics
Itâ€™s like sitting at the breakfast table and itâ€™s early in the morning and youâ€™re not quite awake. And youâ€™re just sitting there eating cereal and sort of staring at the writing on the box--not reading it exactly, just more or less looking at the words. And suddenly, for some reason, you snap to attention, and you realize that what youâ€™re reading is what youâ€™re eating ... but by then itâ€™s much too late.
After doing these concerts in French, I usually had the temporary illusion that I could actually speak French, but as soon as I walked out on the street, and someone asked me simple directions, I realized I couldnâ€™t speak a single word. As a result of this inadequacy, I found that the people I had the most rapport with were the babies. And one of the things I noticed about these babies was that they were apparently being used as some kind of traffic testers. Their mothers would be pushing them along in their strollers--and they would come to a busy street with lots of parked cars--and the mother canâ€™t see what the traffic is like because of all the parked cars--so she just sort of edges the stroller out into the street and cranes her head out afterwards. And the most striking thing about this is the expression on these babiesâ€™ faces as they sit there in the middle of traffic, stranded, banging those little gavels theyâ€™ve all got and they canâ€™t even speak English.
Do you know what I mean?
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Songwriter(s): Laurie Anderson
Publisher(s): Difficult Music
Record Label(s): 1984 Warner Bros Records, manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company
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