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Habanera – French to English translation of the famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet

We’ve always liked the song Habanera; the famous aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet.

We even played it at our wedding service after all our happy families wandered out of the church after the service!

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French to English translation of the Habanera

French Translation in English
L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
que nul ne peut apprivoiser,
et c’est bien en vain qu’on l’appelle,
s’il lui convient de refuser.Rien n’y fait, menace ou prière.l’un parle bien, l’autre se tait:
Et c’est l’autre que je préfère,
Il n’a rien dit mais il me plaît.L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!L’amour est enfant de Bohème,
il n’a jamais, jamais connu de loi;
si tu ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime:
si je t’aime, prends garde à toi! (x2)L’oiseau que tu croyais surprendre
battit de l’aile et s’envola …
l’amour est loin, tu peux l’attendre;
tu ne l’attends plus, il est là!

Tout autour de toi, vite, vite,
il vient, s’en va, puis il revient …
tu crois le tenir, il t’évite,
tu crois l’éviter, il te tient.

L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour!
L’amour est enfant de Bohème,
il n’a jamais, jamais connu de loi;
si tu ne m’aimes pas, je t’aime:
si je t’aime, prends garde à toi! (x2)

Love is a rebellious bird
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain
if it suits him not to come.Nothing helps, neither threat nor prayer.One man talks well, the other’s mum;
it’s the other one that I prefer.
He’s silent but I like his looks.Love! Love! Love! Love!
Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;
if I love you, you’d best beware! etc.The bird you thought you had caught
beat its wings and flew away …
love stays away, you wait and wait;
when least expected, there it is!

All around you, swift, so swift,
it comes, it goes, and then returns …
you think you hold it fast, it flees
you think you’re free, it holds you fast.

Love! Love! Love! Love!
Love is a gypsy’s child,
it has never, ever, known a law;
love me not, then I love you;if I love you, you’d best beware!

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  1. 4 July 2012 at 8:13 am

    I saw Carmen in Pretoria once’ a touring production, I think. Fabulous.

    Loved this.

  2. 24 November 2014 at 8:33 am

    Que penser de cette lecture qui ma veritablement scotchez … sublime ?

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