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Thread started 02/09/05 10:23pm

OceanOfViolets

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vous etes tres belle, mama, girls and boys

Can any groovy french speakers share what this means in English?

Meet me in another world, space and joy,
vous etes tres belle, mama, girls and boys



Thank u very much! smile
"All of me eye give 2 thee down at your feet ...
The reassurance in your rhythm speaks 2 me."

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"I wanna hold U, wrap U up in lace.
And I wanna kiss U, kiss U all over your face."
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Reply #1 posted 02/09/05 10:33pm

evenstar3

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OceanOfViolets said:

Can any groovy french speakers share what this means in English?

Meet me in another world, space and joy,
vous etes tres belle, mama, girls and boys



Thank u very much! smile

i think it means "you are very beautiful".
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Reply #2 posted 02/09/05 10:36pm

Hotlegs

evenstar3 said:

OceanOfViolets said:

Can any groovy french speakers share what this means in English?

Meet me in another world, space and joy,
vous etes tres belle, mama, girls and boys



Thank u very much! smile

i think it means "you are very beautiful".



nod Oui, Ces't Vrai. Yes, It's correct.
[Edited 2/9/05 22:36pm]
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Reply #3 posted 02/09/05 10:43pm

Byron

And here I always thought it meant "Your waffles are done, spanky"...geez, been singing it wrong all these years.. redface
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Reply #4 posted 02/09/05 10:52pm

ThataintFunky

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Still .... there are some orgers who make remarks about my bad english ... F*ckin’ Yankee’s lol
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Reply #5 posted 02/09/05 10:55pm

evenstar3

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Hotlegs said:

evenstar3 said:


i think it means "you are very beautiful".



nod Oui, Ces't Vrai. Yes, It's correct.
[Edited 2/9/05 22:36pm]

aha, then i haven't lost my 2 years of high school french yet!
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Reply #6 posted 02/09/05 11:13pm

jacktheimprovi
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evenstar3 said:

OceanOfViolets said:

Can any groovy french speakers share what this means in English?

Meet me in another world, space and joy,
vous etes tres belle, mama, girls and boys



Thank u very much! smile

i think it means "you are very beautiful".


correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural
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Reply #7 posted 02/09/05 11:17pm

OceanOfViolets

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Thanks a million! =) hugzzzzz



I just started thinking - - - it would be interesting if Prince released a foreign language cd or even a just full song in French, Spanish, Japanese, etc .

Some artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, J.LO , really broaden their audience by being able to appeal to listeners in other languages. Julio Iglesias for example has released songs in 7 different languages! Josh Groban has songs in Italian and he sounds like he is fluent in Italian when he sings (he isn't fluent even a little - he learns the sounds)

Prince has tried rap, country and so many styles -- It might be a unique challenge for him.

Perhaps a release of a cyber single or something.


--- I'm just rambling lol


Any thoughts?
"All of me eye give 2 thee down at your feet ...
The reassurance in your rhythm speaks 2 me."

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"I wanna hold U, wrap U up in lace.
And I wanna kiss U, kiss U all over your face."
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Reply #8 posted 02/10/05 2:47am

meow85

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OceanOfViolets said:

Thanks a million! =) hugzzzzz



I just started thinking - - - it would be interesting if Prince released a foreign language cd or even a just full song in French, Spanish, Japanese, etc .

Some artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, J.LO , really broaden their audience by being able to appeal to listeners in other languages. Julio Iglesias for example has released songs in 7 different languages! Josh Groban has songs in Italian and he sounds like he is fluent in Italian when he sings (he isn't fluent even a little - he learns the sounds)

Prince has tried rap, country and so many styles -- It might be a unique challenge for him.

Perhaps a release of a cyber single or something.


--- I'm just rambling lol


Any thoughts?

hmmm Could be interesting.

Does he even speak any languages besides English? confuse
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Reply #9 posted 02/10/05 3:02am

OceanOfViolets

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meow85 said:

OceanOfViolets said:

Thanks a million! =) hugzzzzz



I just started thinking - - - it would be interesting if Prince released a foreign language cd or even a just full song in French, Spanish, Japanese, etc .

Some artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, J.LO , really broaden their audience by being able to appeal to listeners in other languages. Julio Iglesias for example has released songs in 7 different languages! Josh Groban has songs in Italian and he sounds like he is fluent in Italian when he sings (he isn't fluent even a little - he learns the sounds)

Prince has tried rap, country and so many styles -- It might be a unique challenge for him.

Perhaps a release of a cyber single or something.


--- I'm just rambling lol


Any thoughts?

hmmm Could be interesting.

Does he even speak any languages besides English? confuse


I'm guessing he only knows english - but he has lived in France and Spain, so he might pick up a few words. He could write lyrics then have them translated into a language - then practice performing them. Maybe he could have a duet with someone. For someone who is passionate of freedom and pure artistry, this kind of project seems like it could test his abilities in every way.

He likes to play and alter his voice - this seems like a fun experiment.

((shrugs)) wink
"All of me eye give 2 thee down at your feet ...
The reassurance in your rhythm speaks 2 me."

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"I wanna hold U, wrap U up in lace.
And I wanna kiss U, kiss U all over your face."
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Reply #10 posted 02/10/05 3:51am

metalorange

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jacktheimprovident said:

evenstar3 said:


i think it means "you are very beautiful".


correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural


The 'you' is plural - but I was always taught that you could use it when speaking to someone you've just met, changing to the singular 'tu' when you're better aquainted. You could maybe argue Prince is saying this when he just met the girl...

Interestingly, the French vocals in the song were sung by Marie France, the then head of Prince's tour wardrobe department. She was a middle-aged woman! I always envisaged her as quite young from the sound of her voice.

{Translation in brackets}
Vous etiez de l'autre cote de la salle
{U were on the other end of the room/hall}
Vous dansiez si fort
{U were dancing so hard/strong}
Je sentais votre parfum
{I could smell your perfume}
Votre sourire me dit que nous devrions nous parler
{Your smile told me we should talk}
Sexe et repos
{Sex and rest}
Baby
Je sais que vous aimerez ca
{I know U'll like that}
Vous n'y resisterez pas
{U won't resist it/to it}
Baby
Je vous enlacerai avec mes jambes
{I'll wrap my legs around U}
Baby
Pendant des heures je vais vous etonner
{During hours I'll astound U (?)}
Baby
Faire l'amour Faire l'amour
{Make love make love}
Nous nous rencontrerons
{We'll meet}
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Reply #11 posted 02/10/05 4:22am

OceanOfViolets

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metalorange said:

jacktheimprovident said:



correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural


The 'you' is plural - but I was always taught that you could use it when speaking to someone you've just met, changing to the singular 'tu' when you're better aquainted. You could maybe argue Prince is saying this when he just met the girl...

Interestingly, the French vocals in the song were sung by Marie France, the then head of Prince's tour wardrobe department. She was a middle-aged woman! I always envisaged her as quite young from the sound of her voice.



Do u recall if Marie France was in the "- Cherry Moon MTV interview special"?
I guess many of the fams on the org might be too young to have ever seen it. I remember Prince as acting very playful and sweet and was surrounded by the cast. He makes a point of asking one of the girls to talk about the movie and then prompting her 2 look into that camera - "that's the pretty one!" wink

Is the interview special part of the DVD?
"All of me eye give 2 thee down at your feet ...
The reassurance in your rhythm speaks 2 me."

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"I wanna hold U, wrap U up in lace.
And I wanna kiss U, kiss U all over your face."
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Reply #12 posted 02/10/05 6:29am

Shorty

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metalorange said:

jacktheimprovident said:



correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural


The 'you' is plural - but I was always taught that you could use it when speaking to someone you've just met, changing to the singular 'tu' when you're better aquainted. You could maybe argue Prince is saying this when he just met the girl...

Interestingly, the French vocals in the song were sung by Marie France, the then head of Prince's tour wardrobe department. She was a middle-aged woman! I always envisaged her as quite young from the sound of her voice.

{Translation in brackets}
Vous etiez de l'autre cote de la salle
{U were on the other end of the room/hall}
Vous dansiez si fort
{U were dancing so hard/strong}
Je sentais votre parfum
{I could smell your perfume}
Votre sourire me dit que nous devrions nous parler
{Your smile told me we should talk}
Sexe et repos
{Sex and rest}
Baby
Je sais que vous aimerez ca
{I know U'll like that}
Vous n'y resisterez pas
{U won't resist it/to it}
Baby
Je vous enlacerai avec mes jambes
{I'll wrap my legs around U}
Baby
Pendant des heures je vais vous etonner
{During hours I'll astound U (?)}
Baby
Faire l'amour Faire l'amour
{Make love make love}
Nous nous rencontrerons
{We'll meet}


Oh! thanx for posting that! I've always wanted to know what was said. biggrin
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Reply #13 posted 02/10/05 7:42am

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metalorange said:

jacktheimprovident said:



correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural


The 'you' is plural - but I was always taught that you could use it when speaking to someone you've just met, changing to the singular 'tu' when you're better aquainted. You could maybe argue Prince is saying this when he just met the girl...

Interestingly, the French vocals in the song were sung by Marie France, the then head of Prince's tour wardrobe department. She was a middle-aged woman! I always envisaged her as quite young from the sound of her voice.

{Translation in brackets}
Vous etiez de l'autre cote de la salle
{U were on the other end of the room/hall}
Vous dansiez si fort
{U were dancing so hard/strong}
Je sentais votre parfum
{I could smell your perfume}
Votre sourire me dit que nous devrions nous parler
{Your smile told me we should talk}
Sexe et repos
{Sex and rest}
Baby
Je sais que vous aimerez ca
{I know U'll like that}
Vous n'y resisterez pas
{U won't resist it/to it}
Baby
Je vous enlacerai avec mes jambes
{I'll wrap my legs around U}
Baby
Pendant des heures je vais vous etonner
{During hours I'll astound U (?)}
Baby
Faire l'amour Faire l'amour
{Make love make love}
Nous nous rencontrerons
{We'll meet}


you're right, the plural you in french can also function as singular for a more polite, formal conversation with a less familiar person
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Reply #14 posted 02/10/05 7:51am

xpsiter

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I always wanted to knonw what that said....
I am MrVictor....
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Reply #15 posted 02/10/05 7:58am

sextonseven

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OceanOfViolets said:



Do u recall if Marie France was in the "- Cherry Moon MTV interview special"?
I guess many of the fams on the org might be too young to have ever seen it. I remember Prince as acting very playful and sweet and was surrounded by the cast. He makes a point of asking one of the girls to talk about the movie and then prompting her 2 look into that camera - "that's the pretty one!" wink

Is the interview special part of the DVD?


Wasn't the woman in the interview the actress that played Katy in the movie? It's been so long since I've seen it--don't quite remember.
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Reply #16 posted 02/10/05 11:57am

Jestyr

sextonseven said:

OceanOfViolets said:



Do u recall if Marie France was in the "- Cherry Moon MTV interview special"?
I guess many of the fams on the org might be too young to have ever seen it. I remember Prince as acting very playful and sweet and was surrounded by the cast. He makes a point of asking one of the girls to talk about the movie and then prompting her 2 look into that camera - "that's the pretty one!" wink

Is the interview special part of the DVD?


Wasn't the woman in the interview the actress that played Katy in the movie? It's been so long since I've seen it--don't quite remember.


Yes, that was Emmanuelle Sallet. Cherry Moon featured her acting debut. The Purple Rain DVD features several short behind the scenes looks at that film and Marie France is interviewed in one of them. I know she is supposed to have been middle-aged when she recorded the 'rap' in "Girls And Boys" but I think she is still quite young looking...
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Reply #17 posted 02/10/05 12:24pm

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jacktheimprovident said:[quote]

metalorange said:



The 'you' is plural - but I was always taught that you could use it when speaking to someone you've just met, changing to the singular 'tu' when you're better aquainted. You could maybe argue Prince is saying this when he just met the girl...

Interestingly, the French vocals in the song were sung by Marie France, the then head of Prince's tour wardrobe department. She was a middle-aged woman! I always envisaged her as quite young from the sound of her voice.

you're right, the plural you in french can also function as singular for a more polite, formal conversation with a less familiar person



In this specific phrase, vous is referring to only one (female) person. If it were referring to more than one you, the phrase would be "vous etes tres belles" because in French the adjectives must agree in number and gender with the subject. Since it says belle (no 's') it is definitely one female. A singular vous is more formal, something you use for someone you just met, or to show respect. The other day I was actually thinking it would have been better if it had said, "Tu es tres belle" because it would have been more familiar and not so formal, and the rest of the French lyrics seem to be things you would say to someone you are more familiar with.
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Reply #18 posted 02/10/05 3:24pm

SammiJ

jacktheimprovident said:

evenstar3 said:


i think it means "you are very beautiful".


correctement, I might also point out that the you is plural

or it can also just mean a sign of respect...
i always address my teachers with vous instead of you.


yeah what metalorange said LOL
(and jone70)
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