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Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following in France initially, and later throughout the world.

This song, Fernand, was written and released in 1966. It's one of the songs that Jacques Brel called "monsters", as they were master pieces in his own eyes: Mathilde, Grand-Mère, L'âge idiot, Les Désespérés were the others.

In this song, Brel mourns the death of his friend Fernand, in a tragic monolog, at the edge of madness. The actual song lasts longer, but you can already have a good idea of the power of this song. Brel used to sing his songs very theatrically, conveying the emotion through its minimalist acting.

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