Seasons in the sun

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Not so many people know that Terry Jacks’s biggest hit is actually a French song. More accurately, a Belgian song. “Seasons in the Sun” was released in 1974 and hit the top charts across the globe and sold millions of records worldwide. But a long time before that, the song had already been a big success in France.

Its original name is “Le Moribond” and it was written by Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. The translation into English is quite faithful to the original lyrics of the song and, as it is in English, the French version is a goodbye letter of a dying man (moribond means exactly that – dying man).

Below, you’ll find some of the many versions of “Le Moribond”.

Here’s Indie band Beirut singing the song with the original French words:

Here’s Terry Jack’s version:

Nirvana:

And another Indie (and very cool) band called “Black Box Recorder”:

And also a never release version by the Beach Boys.

But, since I like to save best for last, here’s the most impressive version. I don’t think anybody could ever outshine this very impressive and touching live performance by Jacques Brel. It’s just amazing.

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I’m Gabriela Mudado, a Brazilian girl who has been in love with French tunes since… well, ever! I started a blog about French music (in Portuguese) in 2008 and recently decided to create an English version of it.

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