Pour quelques souvenirs (For a Few Memories), 2021, 3'17"

Sort of dance video performed by commuters in the Tokyo metro, on an old famous kitsch French song about teenage years, first loves, and gently fading shiny memories.

People dancing back to the past, many of their moves magically resonating with the lyrics of the song.

Full translation below, full screen recommended

 


We forget, as tomorrow is far, so far from today

But I often happen to remember
The teenage young boy I'm not anymore

We smile, looking on pictures yellowing
At that slightly too self-confident air we take at 16
Doing our best to look older


I would love to walk again around Swann's way
To see my first love again, who was meeting me under the oak tree
And letting me kiss her on the cheek

I wouldn't like to do the way back
And still I'd give a lot to live again, for just one moment
The time of happiness, in the shade of a girl in flower

/(Original book French title used in the song: In The Shade of Girls in Flower;
Usual English translation of the title: Within a Budding Grove)/


We forget, and someday it doesn't take more than a smell
That we suddenly bump again into some old morning's magic
And forget about the future for a couple of memories


And I go for a walk around Swann's way again
To see my first love again, who was meeting me under the oak tree
And letting me kiss her on the cheek

I wouldn't like to do the way back
And still I'd give a lot to live again, for just one moment
The time of happiness, in the shade of a girl in flower


I would love to walk again around Swann's way
To see my first love again, who was meeting me under the oak tree
And letting me kiss her on the cheek

I wouldn't like to do the way back
And still I'd give a lot to live again, for just one moment
The time of happiness, in the shade of a girl in flower


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