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Le cocu- a plea for consideration for the man who has to share the wife he loves.
In this song, Brassens describes the hurt and cruel
humiliation suffered by a husband when his wife insists on continuing her
sexually free lifestyle after their marriage.   We might doubt the sincerity of the indignation that Brassens shows as
he frankly a...

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A l'ombre du coeur de ma mie - A man caught with another man's wife deplores his later plight
This poem causes confusion
because the « bird » in the second line is not of the feathered kind.   It only transpires in the subsequent lines
that the word describes a man, an “odd bird” married to an attractive
wife.   He prefers a good night’s sleep to
th...

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The Rose, the Bottle and the Handshake- the outlawing of warm spontaneous greetings by political correctness
Brassens deplores the fact that spontaneous gestures of friendliness
and goodwill that were quite normal in the past are increasingly seen as
suspect and are even being proscribed by the contemporary   social code. He describes the hostile
reactions to the ...

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Brave Margot - A heart-breaking tale of a shepherdess, who adopts a lost kitten
This is a very well-known song with a catchy chorus that people enjoy
singing.  It is set in a rustic France
whose way of life was characterised by joie de vivre and in British eyes with a
lot of harmless naughtiness.  Cat lovers
need consoling that it is o...

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La guerre de 14- 18 - The nonsense of this war- also Michael Flanders' adaptation
Brassens
satirises the conventional teaching of history, which confines itself largely
to the amoral listing of successive wars and attributes national glory to the
slaughter.   In this poem a new military recruit
enthusiastically lists his favourite wars, ...

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