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2009, Stromae – “Alors on danse”

Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae (1985-) is a Belgian singer-writerHe has distinguished himself in both hip hop and electronic music. He first became famous with the song “Alors on danse” (So We Dance). It was released in 2009 in Belgium and in 2010 in the rest of Europe. The song reached number one in Belgium, Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey, and also reached number one on the European Hot 100 Singles.

Paroles (lyrics)

Alors on danse x 3

Qui dit études, dit travail,
Qui dit taf, te dit des thunes,
Qui dit argent, dit dépenses,
Qui dit crédits, dit créances,
Qui dit dettes, te dit huissier,
Oui dit assis dans la merde.
Qui dit Amour, dit les gosses,
Dit toujours et dit divorce.
Qui dit proches, te dit deuils car les problèmes ne viennent pas seul.
Qui dit crises, te dit monde dit famine dit tiers-monde.
Qui dit fatigue, dit réveil encore sourd de la veille,
Alors on sort pour oublier tous les problèmes.

Alors on danse… (x 9)

Et là tu dis que c’est fini car pire que ça ce serait la mort.
Quand tu crois enfin que tu t’en sors quand y en a plus et bien y en a encore!
Est-ce la zik ou les problèmes, les problèmes ou bien la musique.
Ça t’prends les trips ça te prends la tête et puis tu pries pour que ça s’arrête.
Mais c’est ton corps c’est pas le ciel alors tu t’bouches plus les oreilles.
Et là tu cries encore plus fort et ça persiste…
Alors on chante
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala,
Alors on chante
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala

Alors on chante
Alors on chante
Et puis seulement quand c’est fini, alors on danse.
Alors on danse (x 7)
Et ben y en a encore (x 5)


English Translation

So We Just Dance

So we just dance
So we just dance
So we just dance

When we say study, it means work,
When we say work, it means money,
When we say money, it means spending
When we say credit, it means debt,
When we say debt, it means bailiff,
We agree to being in deep sh*t
When we say love, it means kids,
When we say forever, it means divorce.
When we say family, we say grief, because misfortune never comes alone.
When we say crisis, we talk about the world, famine and then Third World.
When we say tiredness, we  talk about waking up still deaf from sleepless night
So we just go out to forget all our problems.

So we just dance… (x 9)

And you say it’s worse than that because eventually it will be death.
What do you think finally you do it when there are more, well there is more!
Is the music or the problems, the problems or is it the music.
It grabs you by the guts, it takes hold of your head and then you pray for it to end.
But your body is no heaven so you block your ears even more.
And then you yell even louder and it goes on…
So we just sing
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala,
So we just sing
Lalalalalala, Lalalalalala,

So we just sing
So we just sing
And then only when it’s over, then we dance.
So we just dance (x 7)
And well, there’s still more (x 5)

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