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School : Paul McCartney : paroles, traduction, histoire…

School

Informations sur la chanson

    Les paroles de la chanson

    [BOYS] We’re here in school today to get a perfect education,
    Yes, we’re going up.
    We’re keen to learn the rules and laws that civilization taught us,
    Yes, we’re growing up.
    Not for ourselves, B,
    But for the whole world were we born.
    And we were born in Liverpool.

    Our teachers say that ignorance will always drag us down,
    It’s like a nagging cough.

    [SHANTY] (thrown away)
    But I can say that looking back,
    The most important thing I found was sagging off!
    Not for the whole world.
    But for yourself were you born.
    And you were…

    [SHANTY and BOYS] Born in Liverpool.

    [BOYS] Not Birmingham,
    Nor Edinburgh.
    Not Manchester,
    Or Sunderland.

    [SHANTY] Being born where you were born,
    Carries with it certain responsibilities.

    [BOYS] This school is good for us.

    [SHANTY] This school is only good for those,
    Who want to learn from books.

    You’ll lose your sense of purpose…

    [BOYS] But we dare not answer back,
    We’re scared of teacher’s looks.
    Not for ourselves,
    But for the whole world were we born.
    And we were born in Liverpool.

    [SHANTY] Not Coventry.

    [HEADMASTER] Or Solihull.

    [BOYS] Not Scarborough.

    [SHANTY] Nor Inverness.
    Being born where you were born,
    Carries with it certain responsibilities.

    [HEADMASTER] Walk in single file out of the classroom,
    Down the stairs and into the playground.

    [BOYS] Through the school gates,
    Cross the road, and over the cemetery fence,
    Down the hill to where the grave-stones,
    Lie inviting in the sun.

    Settle down.
    Settle down.
    Let the afternoon slip by.
    Settle down.
    Settle down.
    It’s the perfect place for a kip.

    (Shanty falls asleep on a grave-stone and dreams)

    [SHANTY] Kept in confusion,
    Trapped by illusion,
    Thinking of speaking my mind.
    Dreams of the future,
    Ghosts of the past left behind.

    Constantly drifting,
    Endlessly lifting,
    More weight than one man can bear.
    Into the future,
    Ghosts of the past everywhere.

    [MEN’S CHORUS] (ghosts)
    You’re sleeping amongst us,
    We’re in your dream,
    Who are you?
    Why call us?

    What does this mean?
    Disturbing our slumber,
    You move so fast.

    [SHANTY] Ghosts of the past.
    Tossing and turning,
    Somehow I’m learning,
    Secrets I’d rather not know.
    Can’t it be simple?
    Why does it have to be so?

    [MARY DEE] (as ghost)
    I’ll always be here,
    I’ll never leave you,
    I’ll always be in your mind.
    Dreams of the future,
    Ghosts that the past left behind.

    [WOMEN’S CHORUS] (Ghosts)
    You re sleeping amongst us.
    We’re in your dream.
    Who are you?
    Why call us?
    What does this mean?

    [FULL CHORUS] (ghosts)
    Disturbing our slumber,
    You move so fast.

    [SHANTY and MARY DEE] (as ghost)
    Ghosts of the past.

    (Later, back in school)

    [HEADMASTER] Boys, this is your teacher.
    Her name is Miss Inkley.
    She will reach you Spanish.
    She was in the war,
    Fighting with the troops.
    You may call her Sir!

    [BOYS] Sir?

    [MISS INKLEY] First of all today,
    You will learn a song,
    In a foreign tongue.
    You will follow me,
    As I say the words.
    We will now begin…

    Tres conejos…

    [BOYS] Tres conejos…

    [MISS INKLEY] En un arbol…

    [BOYS] En un arbol…

    [MISS INKLEY] Tocando…

    [BOYS] Tocando…

    [MISS INKLEY] El tambor…

    [BOYS] El tambor…

    [MISS INKLEY] Que si…

    [BOYS] Que si…

    [MISS INKLEY] Que no…

    [BOYS] Que no…

    [MISS INKLEY] Que si. Lo he visto yo.

    [HEADMASTER] Ahem!

    [MISS INKLEY] Tres conejos,
    En un arbol,
    Tocando,
    El tambor.
    Que si,
    Que no,
    Que si.
    Lo he visto yo.

    [SHANTY and BOYS] Tres conejos,
    En un arbol,
    Tocando,
    El tambor.
    Que si,
    Que no,
    Que si.
    Lo he visto yo.

    [BOYS] Tres conejos…

    [MISS INKLEY] Three rabbits…

    [BOYS] En un arbol…

    [MISS INKLEY] In a tree…

    [BOYS] Tocando…

    [MISS INKLEY] Playing…

    [BOYS] El tambor…

    [MISS INKLEY] The drum.

    [BOYS] Que si…

    [MISS INKLEY] Why yes.

    [BOYS] Que no…

    [MISS INKLEY] Why no.

    [BOYS] Que si. Lo he visto yo.

    [MISS INKLEY] Why yes. I have seen it,

    [HEADMASTER] Ahem!
    Tres conejos,
    En un arbol,
    Tocando…

    [SHANTY and HEADMASTER] El tambor.

    [HEADMASTER] Que si…

    [SHANTY] Que si…

    [MISS INKLEY] Que…

    [ALL] No.
    Que si,
    Lo he visto yo.

    [BOYS and CHORUS] Not for ourselves,
    But for the whole world were we born.
    And we were born in Liverpool.

    [HEADMASTER] Not Birmingham,

    [MISS INKLEY] Nor Edinburgh.

    [BOYS] Not Manchester,

    [SHANTY] Or Solihull.

    [BOYS and CHORUS] Being born where you were born.

    [BOYS and WOMEN’S CHORUS] Carries with it certain responsi..

    [MEN] Carries with it certain responsi..

    [MISS INKLEY and HEADMASTER] Carries with it certain responsibilities.

    L’histoire de la chanson

    En 1953, Shanty, l’enfant né au plus fort de la guerre, est maintenant un jeune collégien de 11 ans. Avec quelques camarades de classe, il « sèche » les cours et va profiter du soleil dans le cimetière de la cathédrale de Liverpool. Il s’endort sur une vieille pierre et voit, en rêve, défiler les fantômes du passé et de l’avenir. L’un d’eux représente Mary Dee, sa future épouse. De retour au collège, Shanty et ses camarades assistent au cours d’espagnol. Leur professeur, Miss Inkley, leur fait étudier un vieux chant populaire.

    Disques incluant cette chanson

    Liverpool Oratorio

    CD / International

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