I think I have the best shot at explaining the title than anyone I know, having grown up in France and being of the same generation as Plastic. In the 70's a radio station France Inter ou Radio Luxembourg had a cool show called "Je roule pour vous" I drive for you. It aim was to link and match drivers cars and specially cross Europe truck drivers with hitch hikers.
Hikers and truckers would call in the station and meeting spots and times were chosen. These were the golden days of hitch hiking. It was a very hip pop show, with good music, and "Je roule pour vous" was somewhat of a Pop icon. Now "plane" means gliding, as in having your head in the cloud, being a dreamer, an artist, or immature.
I have heard that one countless times: "bertrand, Il plane! Literally "It is gliding for me" meaning "being high works for me. With your page about "Ca Plane Pour Moi" lyrics Footnote 1 is referring to "four colours" or maybe not. In viewing a video of him singing or probably lip syncing you see him raise 4 fingers when this line happens. Read your site - great stuff. But, in the 1st verse of the lyrics to Ca Plane.. This would make sense with the next line "in 4 colours".
Funny the things one remembers! I found myself on your website, googling for what had become of Plastic Bertrand. And I always thought it was: it's not today que le ciel me tombera sur la tete et que la gueule me manquera understanding this as as something like: 'and that my big mouth will fail me' What do you think? I noticed on pretty much all translations of the song Ca Plane Pour Moi, they always leave the line "I am the King of the divan" simply as that. Why does nobody translate "divan"?
Its very simple, at least through Babelfish. This makes that line incredibly funny because he's saying that he's the king of the couch. I was just wondering why nobody ever bothered to translate it? Its obvious that divan is french, not english. And when you look at the song as a whole, King of the couch makes perfect sense. Have a great day! It variously means a backless sofa or a bed.
I'm a french canadian,bilingual. We dont use the same slang in canada but i can understand most of it. My cat Splash lay on my bed,with puffed-up tongue, from drinking lots of my whisky As for me, not much sleep Emptied, bullied, I had to sleep in the gutter Where I had a flash in four colours could refer to printing colours CMYK one morning a darling came home to my place cellophane doll, Chinese hair a plastered, hungover girl.
I put my foot in it. I don't know much French, but the reference to Glue make much more sense. For a start, glue sniffing was huge in the 70's and many punks used glue to spike their hair. There is a reference to getting hight with glue on that song and Plastic probably used it. It really is "Et que la colle me manquera" "and I'll be without glue". The reference is to sniffing glue. In the video Plastic makes a large gesture towards his nose.
Maybe I'm missing something, but I'm not sure why no one translates "I am the King of the Divan" into "I'm the king of the couch," because that's what a divan is in French. Again, maybe there's another meaning but given the context, "I'm king of the couch," makes perfect sense to me. There is a theory that the lyrics to Ca Plane While it's true that the French slang used makes little sense if translated literally, it is possible to get the general sense.
A basic attempt, from Google via my rusty schoolboy French, is given below. I've also made use of a Usenet translation , from a French chap who seems to have a better grasp of the vernacular than me.
If anyone with a knowledge of French slang cares to correct me, I'd love to know! And how do you transcribe the screech in the chorus? Oh, how I've wrestled with that one Comme un indien dans son igloo Ca plane pour moi ca plane pour moi Ca plane pour moi moi moi moi moi Ca plane pour moi Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
Ca plane pour moi Allez hop! Quelle vibration! Qu'elle me dit en passant Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! I am the King of the divan Ca plane pour moi ca plane pour moi Ca plane pour moi moi moi moi moi Ca plane pour moi Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! Le pied dans le plat Ca plane pour moi ca plane pour moi Ca plane pour moi moi moi moi moi Ca plane pour moi Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! Ca plane pour moi Ca plane pour moi ca plane pour moi Ca plane pour moi moi moi moi moi Wham!
As for me, not enough sleep, drained, persecuted, I had to sleep in the gutter where I had a flash Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! This works for me Allez-oop! I am the King of the divan This works for me, this works for me This works for me me me me me This workss for me Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! I've put my foot in it This works for me, this works for me This works for me me me me me This workss for me Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo! Which seems to make sense.
Thanks to Adrian Reynolds. A video of Plastic singing miming has him holding up four fingers at this point, which seems to settle it. Thanks to Bryan Dongray and James Wilkinson. I assume it's full of a lot of slang! And I take it that to be "sent" on the doormat is in the sense of something rather more carnal Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July The Infinite Party by Ricdev.
Albums i have listened to by thijmen. RSWX: Introversy by supwrman. Pogo Pogo. Sell This Version. RCA Victor. Comme un indien dans son igloo a plane pour moi a plane pour moi a plane pour moi, moi, moi, moi, moi a plane pour moi Hou!
La nana Quel panard! Quelle vibration! De s'envoyer Sur le paillasson Lime, ruine, vide, comble "You are the king of the divan!"Ça plane pour moi" is a song issued as a single in December by Plastic Bertrand. It was produced (and sang!) by Lou esilloztiotory.snarenterabricowonhostcharnaconle.co song has the same melody as "Jet Boy, Jet Girl", recorded previously in November by Elton Motello with the same musicians.