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Kurt Weill - Youkali, Bremner sings

text: Roger Fernay

http://www.bremnersings.com

In March 1933, Weill fled Germany; he and Lotte Lenya divorced soon thereafter. In Paris, Weill completed his Second Symphony and renewed briefly his collaboration with Brecht for Die sieben Todsünden, a "ballet with singing" for George Balanchine's troupe "Les Ballets 1933." He also wrote a number of cabaret chansons, as well as the score for Jacques Deval's Marie galante, after a novel by Jacques Deval . The French actor, musician and author Roger Fernay wrote a chanson text for the original instrumental piece, which the composer described as Tango-Habanera.


Youkali, by Kurt Weill, Roger Fernay Lyrics:
C’est presque au bout du monde
Ma barque vagabonde
Errant au gré de l’onde
M’y conduisit un jour
L’île est toute petite
Mais la fée qui l’habite
Gentiment nous invite
À en faire le tour

Youkali, c’est le pays de nos désirs
Youkali, c’est le bonheur, c’est le plaisir
Youkali, c’est la terre où l’on quitte tous les soucis
C’est, dans notre nuit, comme une éclaircie
L’étoile qu’on suit, c’est Youkali

Youkali, c’est le respect de tous les vœux échangés
Youkali, c’est le pays des beaux amours partagés
C’est l’espérance qui est au cœur de tous les humains
La délivrance que nous attendons tous pour demain

Youkali, c’est le pays de nos désirs
Youkali, c’est le bonheur, c’est le plaisir
Mais c’est un rêve, une folie
Il n’y a pas de Youkali
Mais c’est un rêve, une folie
Il n’y a pas de Youkali

Et la vie nous entraîne
Lassante, quotidienne
Mais la pauvre âme humaine
Cherchant partout l’oubli
A, pour quitter la terre
Su trouver le mystère
Où nos rêves se terrent
En quelque Youkali

Youkali, c’est le pays de nos désirs
Youkali, c’est le bonheur, c’est le plaisir
Youkali, c’est la terre où l’on quitte tous les soucis
C’est, dans notre nuit, comme une éclaircie
L’étoile qu’on suit, c’est Youkali

Youkali, c’est le respect de tous les voeux échangés
Youkali, c’est le pays des beaux amours partagés
C’est l’espérance qui est au cœur de tous les humains
La délivrance que nous attendons tous pour demain

Youkali, c’est le pays de nos désirs
Youkali, c’est le bonheur, c’est le plaisir
Mais c’est un rêve, une folie
Il n’y a pas de Youkali
Mais c’est un rêve, une folie
Il n’y a pas de Youkali

Youkali - Kurt Weill translation:
It's almost at the end of the world
My vagabond boat
Drifting at the whim of the waves
Brought me there one day
The island is tiny
But the Fairy who lives there
Gently invites us
To go around a trip

Youkali
It is the land of our desires
Youkali
It is happiness, it is pleasure
Youkali
It is the land where you quit all your troubles
It is, in our night, like a clearing
The star we follow
it's Youkali

Youkali
It is respect
Of all the exchanged wishes
Youkali
It is the country
Of the beautiful shared loves,
It is hope
At the heart of all the humans,
The relief
We all await for tomorrow,
Youkali
It is the land of our desires,
Youkali
It is happiness
It is pleasure

But this is a dream, a folly,
There is no Youkali !
But this is a dream, a folly,
There is no Youkali !

And life leads us,
Tedious routine,
But the poor human soul,
Seeking forgetfulness everywhere,
In order to quit earth,
resolved the mystery
Where our dreams hide
In some Youkali...
Youkali,
It is the land of our desires,
Youkali
It is happiness
It is pleasure,

But this is a dream, a folly,
There is no Youkali !
But this is a dream, a folly,
There is no Youkali !
https://youtu.be/aXxa87jcg8o
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Secret Heart - Ron Sexsmith, Bremner sings

Find this cover at at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bremner2

From Ron Sexsmith's 2nd Album. Ronald Eldon "Ron" Sexsmith (born 8 January 1964) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from St. Catharines, Ontario. He was the songwriter of the year at the 2002 Juno Awards. He began releasing recordings of his own melancholic pop material in 1985 at age 21, and has since recorded fourteen albums.

Lyrics to Secret Heart
Secret heart
What are you made of?
What are you so afraid of?
Could it be three simple words
Or the fear of being overheard?
What's wrong?
Let her in on your secret, heart

Secret heart
Why so mysterious?
Why so sacred, why so serious?
Maybe you're just acting tough
Maybe you're just not man enough
What's wrong?
Let her in on your secret, heart

This very secret you're trying to conceal
Is the very same one you're dying to reveal
Go tell her how you feel

Secret heart
Come out and share it
This loneliness, few can bear it
Could it have something to do with
Admitting that you just can't go through it alone?
Let her in on your secret
What's wrong, oh?
Let her in on your secret heart
Your secret heart

on drums - Robin Pirson
keyboard - Scott Metcalfe
Bass - Scott Kemp
Guitar - Joel Schwartzhttps://youtu.be/etMPAenPbRg
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Menilmontant - Charles Trenet, Bremner sings

The song is a composition influenced by American swing. On the original recording1, Charles Trenet sings accompanied by Wal-Berg and his orchestra. The song came out at the height of the fame of Charles Trenet, who became an idol for Parisian youth.

Ménilmontant is a district of Paris 20th arrondissement. Charles Trenet evokes the early 1930s, when he left the south of France for Paris to continue in journalism. He was also inspired by the story of Maurice Chevalier, who started out as a singer in Ménilmontant's café-concert.

The song is typical of the style imported from America in the 1930s, from which Charles Trenet was already inspired in his compositions with Johnny Hess. The lyrics are tinged with bittersweet memories against joyous Parisian scenes. These evoke a lost past, notably the "small station where each train passed merrily" referring to the station of Ménilmontant, which closed to passenger traffic in July 1934.

https://youtu.be/xZ5-AB1hwDM
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Kurt Weill, Je ne t'aime pas, Bremner sings

https://youtu.be/m6OzAbGlJeI
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Kurt Weill, Army Song (Cannon Song), Bremner sings
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DAVID BOWIE: ROCK AND ROLL SUICIDE, Acoustic cover in New Orleans
https://youtu.be/tluM7eqMOtI
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Kurt Weill, Mack the Knife, Bremner sings
https://youtu.be/IlKmyrGzAZc
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Kurt Weill's 'What Keeps Mankind Alive', Bremner sings
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Kurt Weill's 'My Ship' live at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh
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