History Music / JacquesBrel

25th Jun '16 12:44:44 PM Silverblade2
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* SequelSong: "Les bonbons 67" to the '64 song.


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* SingerNamedrop: "Grand Jacques", "Jacky" and coupled with SelfDeprecation in "Les bonbon 67" ("I've lost the Brussels accent. Besides nobody has that accent anymore. Except for Brel on the television").
26th Mar '16 8:18:19 AM Silverblade2
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* NonAppearingTitle: "Le Moribond" (The Dying Man) being about the narrator.
13th Feb '16 5:39:55 AM Silverblade2
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* MotorMouth: "La Valse a Mille Temps" (The Waltz With A Thousand Beats) by the last verse.
25th Jan '16 10:03:16 AM Silverblade2
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* TrrrillingRrrs: His signature style.
10th Apr '15 3:05:16 AM Patachou
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** "Orly" takes place at the airport in Orly, Paris, where he observes a couple saying goodbye to each other.
10th Apr '15 2:00:52 AM Patachou
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* LocationSong: Brel has quite a few of these:
** "Amsterdam": a song about the Dutch capital city. Brel depicts the sleazy life of sailors there. Music/DavidBowie covered it later on his album ''Music/PinUps''.
** "Bruxelles", a song about how the Belgian capital Brussels was once full of life. The song ends on a depressing note when the music slowly but surely loses all of its cheeriness and comes to a halt, signifying the city nowadays is only a shadow of its former self.
** "Il Neige Sur Liège": A song where Brel observes snow falling down on the Belgian city Liége and reflects his dreams are also being covered with snow nowadays.
** "Les Marquises: During the final years of his life Brel lived on the Marquesas Isles in French Polynesia. Before he died "Les Marquises" was his final recorded song. It reflects on the simple, carefree life of the local people there who don't worry about the problems of the modern world.
** "Mon Père Disait": Brel sings how his father told him that London is actually a piece of the Belgian city Bruges that floated away.
** "Vésoul": A song about a nagging couple who want to travel to several different places, but can never decide where exactly they want to go. The French place Vésoul is only of the many locations mentioned.
19th Feb '15 5:50:50 AM Patachou
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Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la Music/BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/ScottWalker and Music/DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion "Seasons in the Sun", which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful "Le Moribond".

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Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la Music/BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as Music/FrankSinatra, Music/FrankSinatra ("If You Go Away", a cover of "Ne Me Quitte Pas" on ''Music/MyWay''), Music/NinaSimone, Music/ScottWalker and Music/DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion "Seasons in the Sun", which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful "Le Moribond".
25th Jan '15 5:27:02 PM Patachou
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25th Jan '15 5:17:14 PM Patachou
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Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/ScottWalker and Music/DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion "Seasons in the Sun", which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful "Le Moribond".

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Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la BobDylan.Music/BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/ScottWalker and Music/DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion "Seasons in the Sun", which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful "Le Moribond".



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** In his scathing anti-Flemish nationalistic song "Les F..." Brel sings: "Et quand des Chinois cultivés me demande d' où que je suis, je réponds fatigués et avec des larmes sous dents: ''Ik ben van Luxembourg''. (''And when cultivated Chinese ask me from where I from, I respond tired and with tears between my teeth: "I am from UsefulNotes/{{Luxemburg}}".)''

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** In his scathing anti-Flemish nationalistic song "Les F..." Brel sings: "Et quand des Chinois cultivés me demande d' où que je suis, je réponds fatigués et avec des larmes sous dents: ''Ik ben van Luxembourg''. (''And when cultivated Chinese ask me from where I from, I respond tired and with tears between my teeth: "I am from UsefulNotes/{{Luxemburg}}".UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}".)''



* BlasphemousBoast: Brel sang a lot of them

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* BlasphemousBoast: Brel sang a lot of themthem:
22nd Nov '14 2:49:51 AM Patachou
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'''Jacques Romain Georges Brel''' (1929-1978) was UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}}'s most famous and influential singer. Together with Music/GeorgesBrassens and Léo Ferré he is considered to be one of the Big Three of the French music genre {{Chanson}}. He is widely admired for his deeply human, passionate but also cynical and satirical songs. Several of his songs have been become classics: ''"Ne Me Quitte Pas"'' and ''"Le Plat Pays"'' are his {{Signature Song}}s, but ''"Amsterdam","Les Bourgeois", "Le Moribond", "Marieke", "Les Flamandes", "La Chanson de Jacky", "La Valse A Mille Temps"...'' are also well known.

Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as FrankSinatra, NinaSimone, ScottWalker and DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion ''"Seasons in the Sun"'', which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful ''"Le Moribond"''.

Brel was full of energy. The singer gave wild concerts where he performed each number with both passionate drama as exaggerated comedy. After the show he never went home straight away, but instead stayed up in the local bars until the early morning light. Even during plane flights to concerts, when he claimed to be relaxing, he used the time to write new songs! Brel abruptly quit giving concerts in 1966 and then switched to new challenges. He translated ''ManOfLaMancha'' into French and starred in the French premiere of the musical, starred and directed in a few films and for the remainder of his life he travelled over the ocean to Tahiti. In 1977 he unexpectedly returned to Belgium to record one final album. A year later the chain smoker died at the age of only 49.

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'''Jacques Romain Georges Brel''' (1929-1978) was UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}}'s most famous and influential singer. Together with Music/GeorgesBrassens and Léo Ferré he is considered to be one of the Big Three of the French music genre {{Chanson}}. He is widely admired for his deeply human, passionate but also cynical and satirical songs. Several of his songs have been become classics: ''"Ne "Ne Me Quitte Pas"'' Pas" and ''"Le "Le Plat Pays"'' Pays" are his {{Signature Song}}s, but ''"Amsterdam","Les "Amsterdam", "Les Bourgeois", "Le Moribond", "Marieke", "Les Flamandes", "La Chanson de Jacky", "La Valse A Mille Temps"...'' Temps"... are also well known.

Brel came from a Flemish bourgeoisie family. He had a dull youth in the shadow of the Catholic Church and narrow minded civilians. His early work was rather naive and preachy and in Paris people ridiculed his Belgian accent. Brel then changed his style by switching over to more mature subject matter and a standard French pronunciation. This made him a success both in his own country and soon in the entire world. Despite often referring to his fatherland Brel's music is both timeless and universal. He is the closest Belgium ever came to having a masterful lyricist of international stature à la BobDylan. His native French tongue made his songs a bit more difficult to understand for other languages, but luckily his work has been CoveredUp by artists as varied as FrankSinatra, NinaSimone, ScottWalker Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/ScottWalker and DavidBowie. Music/DavidBowie. Most music fans in the English speaking world will known him from Terry Jacks' TranslatedCoverVersion ''"Seasons "Seasons in the Sun"'', Sun", which is a sentimental and ludicrously bowdlerised English cover of Brel's powerful ''"Le Moribond"''.

"Le Moribond".

Brel was full of energy. The singer gave wild concerts where he performed each number with both passionate drama as exaggerated comedy. After the show he never went home straight away, but instead stayed up in the local bars until the early morning light. Even during plane flights to concerts, when he claimed to be relaxing, he used the time to write new songs! Brel abruptly quit giving concerts in 1966 and then switched to new challenges. He translated ''ManOfLaMancha'' ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' into French and starred in the French premiere of the musical, starred and directed in a few films and for the remainder of his life he travelled over the ocean to Tahiti. In 1977 he unexpectedly returned to Belgium to record one final album. A year later the chain smoker died at the age of only 49.



* AgeProgressionSong: ''"Zangra", "Mon Enfance", "Au Suivant", "Les Vieux", "Vieillir", "Les Bourgeois", "Rosa, Rosa, Rosa"'', "Les Flamandes"''...
* TheAlcoholic: ''L'Ivrogne''.
* AloneInACrowd: In ''"Orly"'' Brel observes a parting couple surrounded by countless other passengers at an airport, but he is particularly fascinated by these two alone.
* AntiLoveSong: In some of Brel's songs (''"Madeleine","Les Bonbons", "Mathilde"'',...) women are dangerous seducers or just ruthlessly take advantage of men. He cherished male friendships more than romances with females in his songs, even telling his depressed friend Jef in ''"Jef"'' to cheer up and go to a brothel with him, where new girls have just arrived.

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* AgeProgressionSong: ''"Zangra", "Zangra", "Mon Enfance", "Au Suivant", "Les Vieux", "Vieillir", "Les Bourgeois", "Rosa, Rosa, Rosa"'', "Les Flamandes"''...
Flamandes"...
* TheAlcoholic: ''L'Ivrogne''.
"L'Ivrogne".
* AloneInACrowd: In ''"Orly"'' "Orly" Brel observes a parting couple surrounded by countless other passengers at an airport, but he is particularly fascinated by these two alone.
* AntiLoveSong: In some of Brel's songs (''"Madeleine","Les ("Madeleine","Les Bonbons", "Mathilde"'',..."Mathilde",...) women are dangerous seducers or just ruthlessly take advantage of men. He cherished male friendships more than romances with females in his songs, even telling his depressed friend Jef in ''"Jef"'' "Jef" to cheer up and go to a brothel with him, where new girls have just arrived.



** His song ''"Marieke"'' is part Dutch, part French. At his own request the Dutch part is left intact when other artists cover the song.

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** His song ''"Marieke"'' "Marieke" is part Dutch, part French. At his own request the Dutch part is left intact when other artists cover the song.



** In his scathing anti-Flemish nationalistic song ''"Les F..."'' Brel sings: "Et quand des Chinois cultivés me demande d' où que je suis, je réponds fatigués et avec des larmes sous dents: ''"Ik ben van Luxembourg"''. ''("And when cultivated Chinese ask me from where I from, I respond tired and with tears between my teeth: "I am from Luxemburg".)''

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** In his scathing anti-Flemish nationalistic song ''"Les "Les F..."'' " Brel sings: "Et quand des Chinois cultivés me demande d' où que je suis, je réponds fatigués et avec des larmes sous dents: ''"Ik ''Ik ben van Luxembourg"''. ''("And Luxembourg''. (''And when cultivated Chinese ask me from where I from, I respond tired and with tears between my teeth: "I am from Luxemburg".UsefulNotes/{{Luxemburg}}".)''



** In ''"Les F..."'' Brel launches a scathing attack on the ''"flamingants"'' (Flemish-nationalists) and concludes his vitriolic comments with the declaration: ''"Et si mes frères se taisent et bien tant pis pour elles/Je chante persiste et signe je m'appelle Jacques Brel" ("And if my brothers remain silent, well, to hell with them/I stick to what I sing and sign "My name is Jacques Brel.")''

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** In ''"Les "Les F..."'' " Brel launches a scathing attack on the ''"flamingants"'' ''flamingants'' (Flemish-nationalists) and concludes his vitriolic comments with the declaration: ''"Et ''Et si mes frères se taisent et bien tant pis pour elles/Je chante persiste et signe je m'appelle Jacques Brel" Brel'' ("And if my brothers remain silent, well, to hell with them/I stick to what I sing and sign "My name is Jacques Brel.")''").



** In ''"Le Dernier Repas"'' he sings that before he dies he wants to shout out ''"Dieu est mort!" ("God is dead!")'' one more time.
** In ''"La Chanson de Jacky"'' the final verse boasts that even when he is in Heaven with God and his angels he will still be doing what he wants to do, ''"beautiful and stupid"'' at the same time.
** In ''"Dites"'' Brel talks about religious faith and summarizes many questionable elements with the expression ''"if it's true"''. He concludes the song with the stinger that ''"that all of it is beautiful if you believe... that it's true."''
* BoomerangBigot: Brel was a Belgian who spoke French and would technically be considered a Walloon. Yet he always identified himself as Flemish, even though he seldom spoke Dutch in real life and always kept a love-hate relationship with the Flemish people. He sang three controversial songs in which the Flemish are brutally mocked and the song ''"Les F..."'' was even banned from radio airplay in Flanders back in 1978. In this song Brel even sings that when cultivated Chinese ask him his country of origin, he simply lies that he's from Luxembourg (albeit not without tears between his teeth).

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** In ''"Le ''Le Dernier Repas"'' Repas'' he sings that before he dies he wants to shout out ''"Dieu ''Dieu est mort!" mort! ("God is dead!")'' one more time.
** In ''"La ''La Chanson de Jacky"'' Jacky'' the final verse boasts that even when he is in Heaven with God and his angels he will still be doing what he wants to do, ''"beautiful and stupid"'' at the same time.
** In ''"Dites"'' "Dites" Brel talks about religious faith and summarizes many questionable elements with the expression ''"if ''if it's true"''. true''. He concludes the song with the stinger that ''"that ''that all of it is beautiful if you believe... that it's true."''
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* BoomerangBigot: Brel was a Belgian who spoke French and would technically be considered a Walloon. Yet he always identified himself as Flemish, even though he seldom spoke Dutch in real life and always kept a love-hate relationship with the Flemish people. He sang three controversial songs in which the Flemish are brutally mocked and the song ''"Les "Les F..."'' " was even banned from radio airplay in Flanders back in 1978. In this song Brel even sings that when cultivated Chinese ask him his country of origin, he simply lies that he's from Luxembourg (albeit not without tears between his teeth).



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Brel hates school in the song ''"Rosa, Rosa, Rosa"'', but is very interested in the girl Rosa.
* ComingOfAgeStory: ''"Mon Enfance"''
* CorruptChurch:

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Brel hates school in the song ''"Rosa, "Rosa, Rosa, Rosa"'', Rosa", but is very interested in the girl Rosa.
* ComingOfAgeStory: ''"Mon Enfance"''
"Mon Enfance".
* CorruptChurch: Brel attacked the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and its clergy a lot.



** Example: ''"Nous étions deux amis et la Fanette '''m'''' aimait"'' (''"We were two friends and La Fanette loved '''me'''"'') in the song ''"La Fanette"'' changes its meaning in the final part by only changing one letter in the entire sentence: ''"... la Fanette '''l'''' aimait" ("... la Fanette loved '''him'''.")''

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** Example: ''"Nous ''Nous étions deux amis et la Fanette '''m'''' aimait"'' (''"We aimait'' (''We were two friends and La Fanette loved '''me'''"'') '''me''''') in the song ''"La Fanette"'' "La Fanette" changes its meaning in the final part by only changing one letter in the entire sentence: ''"... ''... la Fanette '''l'''' aimait" ("...'''l''' aimait'' (''... la Fanette loved '''him'''.")'' '')



** ''"La Bière"'' is an OdeToIntoxication.
** ''"Les Paumés Du Petit Main"'' sings about pathetic and lonely drunks late at night.
* DyingAlone: ''"La Ville S' Endormait"''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Brel's early songs were very saccharine, preachy and full of Catholic inspired messages. GeorgesBrassens even named him ''"l'abbé Brel" ("Abbot Brel")''. His Brussels accent was also ridiculed. Brel then decided to change his image. He learned to speak standard French with a very clear pronunciation, free of his native accent, and changed his subject matter to more daring material.

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** ''"La Bière"'' "La Bière" is an OdeToIntoxication.
** ''"Les "Les Paumés Du Petit Main"'' Main" sings about pathetic and lonely drunks late at night.
* DyingAlone: ''"La "La Ville S' Endormait"''
Endormait".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Brel's early songs were very saccharine, preachy and full of Catholic inspired messages. GeorgesBrassens even named him ''"l'abbé Brel" ''l'abbé Brel ("Abbot Brel")''. His Brussels accent was also ridiculed. Brel then decided to change his image. He learned to speak standard French with a very clear pronunciation, free of his native accent, and changed his subject matter to more daring material.



** In ''"Voir Un Ami Pleurer"'' Brel sings how he can stand a lot of human dramas, but not a friend who is crying.
** In ''"Jef"'' he tries to comfort a depressed friend called Jef.
** ''"Jojo"'' is a passionate homage to a personal friend of Brel who had recently died.
* FlashbackNightmare: In ''"Au Suivant"'' a former soldier is haunted by RecurringDreams of a visit to a prostitute while he was doing his military service. He lost his virginity there and got the clap, but worst of all he was more or less forced to do it as quickly as possible while waiting in line with all the other soldiers.

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** In ''"Voir "Voir Un Ami Pleurer"'' Pleurer" Brel sings how he can stand a lot of human dramas, but not a friend who is crying.
** In ''"Jef"'' "Jef" he tries to comfort a depressed friend called Jef.
** ''"Jojo"'' "Jojo" is a passionate homage to a personal friend of Brel who had recently died.
* FlashbackNightmare: In ''"Au Suivant"'' "Au Suivant" a former soldier is haunted by RecurringDreams of a visit to a prostitute while he was doing his military service. He lost his virginity there and got the clap, but worst of all he was more or less forced to do it as quickly as possible while waiting in line with all the other soldiers.



** In ''"Au Suivant"'' Brel sings explicitly about a young soldier who is traumatized since he lost his virginity to a prostitute while waiting in line with other soldiers. Brel even states that he caught the clap!
** In ''"Amsterdam"'' Brel sings about sailors in Amsterdam who visits prostitutes.
** In ''"Jef"'' he tries to cheer up Jef by telling him that ''"at Madame Andrée they have new ones."'' Which is a thinly disguised reference to a brothel.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: ''"Les Vieux"''

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** In ''"Au Suivant"'' "Au Suivant" Brel sings explicitly about a young soldier who is traumatized since he lost his virginity to a prostitute while waiting in line with other soldiers. Brel even states that he caught the clap!
** In ''"Amsterdam"'' "Amsterdam" Brel sings about sailors in Amsterdam who visits prostitutes.
** In ''"Jef"'' "Jef" he tries to cheer up Jef by telling him that ''"at ''at Madame Andrée they have new ones."'' '' Which is a thinly disguised reference to a brothel.
* GrandparentalObliviousness: ''"Les Vieux"'' "Les Vieux"



* GriefSong: ''"Fernand", "Jojo"'', ''Viellir'', ''Le Moribond'', ''Le Dernier Repas'', ''Tango Funèbre'', ''La Ville S' Endormait''.
* GrowingUpSucks: Songs like ''"Mon Enfance", "Rosa"'' and ''"Il Neige Sur Liège"'' mourn over the end of all the dreams and illusions the protagonist once had as a kid.
* GrowOldWithMe: ''"La Chanson des Vieux Amants"''.

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* GriefSong: ''"Fernand", "Jojo"'', ''Viellir'', ''Le Moribond'', ''Le "Fernand", "Jojo", "Viellir", "Le Moribond", "Le Dernier Repas'', ''Tango Funèbre'', ''La Repas", "Tango Funèbre", "La Ville S' Endormait''.Endormait".
* GrowingUpSucks: Songs like ''"Mon "Mon Enfance", "Rosa"'' and ''"Il "Il Neige Sur Liège"'' Liège" mourn over the end of all the dreams and illusions the protagonist once had as a kid.
* GrowOldWithMe: ''"La "La Chanson des Vieux Amants"''.Amants".



* HenpeckedHusband: A lot of men in Brel's songs are [[TheWoobie pitiful losers]] under the thumb of their lovers or flames. In ''Vésoul'' a man finally has the balls to resist his nagging wife who orders him to drive everywhere she orders him to.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: ''Jojo'', a moving tribute by Brel to his best friend Jojo, who had recently died from cancer.

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* HenpeckedHusband: A lot of men in Brel's songs are [[TheWoobie pitiful losers]] under the thumb of their lovers or flames. In ''Vésoul'' "Vésoul" a man finally has the balls to resist his nagging wife who orders him to drive everywhere she orders him to.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: ''Jojo'', "Jojo", a moving tribute by Brel to his best friend Jojo, who had recently died from cancer.



* KarmicTransformation: The three students in ''"Les Bourgeois"'' sing how they hate the bourgeoisie, but near the end of the song they have grown old and became part of the bourgeoisie themselves. In a case of HypocriticalHumour they now complain themselves that they are ridiculed by sassy college students.
* LargeHam: Brel could ham it up magnificently whenever he wanted to. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMzAmrNS164 Like in this rendition of ''"Amsterdam"''.]]
* LastRequest: ''"Le Dernier Repas"''
* ListSong: ''"Ces Gens-Là", "Je Suis Un Soir D'Eté", "Vésoul"''
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''"Jef", "Marieke","Jojo", "Jacky", Germaine in "Les Bonbons"'', all the people in ''"Ces Gens-Là"'' and ''"Je Suis Un Soir D' Eté"''
** In ''"Orly"'' Brel is at an airport surrounded by a crowd of people, but yet he only observes two young lovers, caught in their own personal tragedy.
* LonelyFuneral: ''"Fernand", "Jojo", "La Ville s' Endormait"''
* LyricalDissonance: ''Le Moribond'', a cheery song about a man on his death bed.

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* KarmicTransformation: The three students in ''"Les Bourgeois"'' "Les Bourgeois" sing how they hate the bourgeoisie, but near the end of the song they have grown old and became part of the bourgeoisie themselves. In a case of HypocriticalHumour they now complain themselves that they are ridiculed by sassy college students.
* LargeHam: Brel could ham it up magnificently whenever he wanted to. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMzAmrNS164 Like in this rendition of ''"Amsterdam"''."Amsterdam".]]
* LastRequest: ''"Le Dernier Repas"''
"J' Arrive" about a man about to die who would like to do so much more before he goes.
* ListSong: ''"Ces "Ces Gens-Là", "Je Suis Un Soir D'Eté", "Vésoul"''
"Vésoul"
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''"Jef", "Jef", "Marieke","Jojo", "Jacky", Germaine in "Les Bonbons"'', all the people in ''"Ces Gens-Là"'' "Ces Gens-Là" and ''"Je "Je Suis Un Soir D' Eté"''
Eté".
** In ''"Orly"'' "Orly" Brel is at an airport surrounded by a crowd of people, but yet he only observes two young lovers, caught in their own personal tragedy.
* LonelyFuneral: ''"Fernand", "Fernand", "Jojo", "La Ville s' Endormait"''
Endormait"
* LyricalDissonance: ''Le Moribond'', "Le Moribond", a cheery song about a man on his death bed.



** In ''"Jef"'' Brel tries to cheer up his depressed friend and tells him to wipe away his tears.
** In ''"Voir Un Ami Pleurer"'' Brel sings that he cannot stand the sight of a friend crying.
** In ''"Les F..."'' Brel lies about being Flemish to a group of cultivated Chinese with tears between his teeth.

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** In ''"Jef"'' "Jef" Brel tries to cheer up his depressed friend and tells him to wipe away his tears.
** In ''"Voir "Voir Un Ami Pleurer"'' Pleurer" Brel sings that he cannot stand the sight of a friend crying.
** In ''"Les "Les F..."'' " Brel lies about being Flemish to a group of cultivated Chinese with tears between his teeth.



* NotQuiteDead: Brel sings in ''Jojo'' that his late best friend may be six feet under the ground, but he is not dead to him.

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* NotQuiteDead: Brel sings in ''Jojo'' "Jojo" that his late best friend may be six feet under the ground, but he is not dead to him.



* OneManSong: ''Jef'', ''Jojo'',...
* OneWomanSong: ''Mathilde'', ''Marieke'', ''Madeleine'',...
* PatterSong: The conclusion of the studio version of ''"Une Valse à Mille Temps"'', which has to be heard to be believed. Even during concerts he was unable to match the speed of this studio delivery.
* PatrioticFervor: ''"Le Plat Pays"'', a moving ballad about his "flat homecountry".

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* OneManSong: ''Jef'', ''Jojo'',...
"Jef", "Jojo",...
* OneWomanSong: ''Mathilde'', ''Marieke'', ''Madeleine'',...
"Mathilde", "Marieke", "Madeleine",...
* PatterSong: The conclusion of the studio version of ''"Une "Une Valse à Mille Temps"'', Temps", which has to be heard to be believed. Even during concerts he was unable to match the speed of this studio delivery.
* PatrioticFervor: ''"Le "Le Plat Pays"'', Pays", a moving ballad about his "flat homecountry".homecountry".
* PepTalkSong:
** "Le Bon Dieu", with those immortal lines:
--> ''Toi, tu es beaucoup plus mieux: tu es un homme!'' ("You, you are far more beautiful: you are a man/human!")
** "Jef", in which Brel cheers up a sad man.
** "Marieke", a love song about a Flemish girl between Bruges et Gand.
** "Jacky", the most BadassBoast Brel ever recorded about life and himself.



* ThePowerOfFriendship: ''Jef'', ''Jojo'', ''Voir Un Ami Pleurer''.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''"Les Flamandes", "Les F..., F..., F..."'' and ''"Les F..."'', all targeting the Flemish (nationalists) in Belgium. [[OffendingTheCreatorsOwn Since he was born in Flanders with a Flemish father Brel thought he had a right to criticize his own people]], even though he mostly spoke French instead of Dutch.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: ''Jef'', ''Jojo'', ''Voir "Jef", "Jojo", "Voir Un Ami Pleurer''.Pleurer".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: ''"Les "Les Flamandes", "Les F..., F..., F..."'' and ''"Les F..."'', ", all targeting the Flemish (nationalists) in Belgium. [[OffendingTheCreatorsOwn Since he was born in Flanders with a Flemish father Brel thought he had a right to criticize his own people]], even though he mostly spoke French instead of Dutch.



* RomanticHyperbole: ''"Ne me quitte pas"'' (''Don't leave me'') has a number of line about what the singer would do to keep their lover. Unlike other songs where this is considered completely romantic, this one is more about how the despair associated with losing love would make you do really desperate things. One example among many:
--> ''"Moi je t'offrirai/ Des perles de pluies/ Venues de pays/ Ou il ne pleut pas"\\''''"I will bring you pearls of rain from countries where there is no rain."''
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: In ''"Ces Gens-Là"'' Brel imitates a tragic family eating soup by making slurping sounds.

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* RomanticHyperbole: ''"Ne "Ne me quitte pas"'' pas" (''Don't leave me'') has a number of line about what the singer would do to keep their lover. Unlike other songs where this is considered completely romantic, this one is more about how the despair associated with losing love would make you do really desperate things. One example among many:
--> ''"Moi ''Moi je t'offrirai/ Des perles de pluies/ Venues de pays/ Ou il ne pleut pas"\\''''"I pas''\\''I will bring you pearls of rain from countries where there is no rain."''
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* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: In ''"Ces Gens-Là"'' "Ces Gens-Là" Brel imitates a tragic family eating soup by making slurping sounds.



** ''Vésoul'' has several shout-outs to ''Marcel'', which is the name of his accordeonist, Marcel Azzola.

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** ''Vésoul'' "Vésoul" has several shout-outs to ''Marcel'', "Marcel", which is the name of his accordeonist, Marcel Azzola.



** In ''"Orly"'' Brel sings that it is sad to be at the Orly airport, with or without Bécaud. This is a sarcastic jab at singer Gilbert Bécaud's romantic song ''"Dimanche à Orly" ("Sunday at Orly")''.
** "''Le Moribond''" is about a dying man addressing (among others) his wife and his friend who were cuckolding him. [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning It became a straightforward]] TastesLikeDiabetes song as "Seasons of the Sun".
* ThrowawayCountry: In ''"Mon Père Disait"'' he sings how his father told him that London is just a piece of the town Bruges, Belgium that long ago floated away on sea and then got attached to England.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: The song ''"Jaurés"'' asks the rhetoric question why the French socialist Jean Jaurés was murdered back in 1914, despite his good nature.

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** In ''"Orly"'' "Orly" Brel sings that it is sad to be at the Orly airport, with or without Bécaud. This is a sarcastic jab at singer Gilbert Bécaud's romantic song ''"Dimanche "Dimanche à Orly" ("Sunday at Orly")''.
Orly").
** "''Le Moribond''" "Le Moribond" is about a dying man addressing (among others) his wife and his friend who were cuckolding him. [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning It became a straightforward]] TastesLikeDiabetes song as "Seasons of the Sun".
* ThrowawayCountry: In ''"Mon "Mon Père Disait"'' Disait" he sings how his father told him that London is just a piece of the town Bruges, Belgium that long ago floated away on sea and then got attached to England.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: The song ''"Jaurés"'' "Jaurés" asks the rhetoric question why the French socialist Jean Jaurés was murdered back in 1914, despite his good nature.



** ''Madeleine'', in which Brel waits with a flower bouquet for Madeleine, who never comes, yet every week he is standing on the same spot.
** ''Zangra'', in which a soldier waits for the day he will fight the enemy and become a hero. The day never comes and he goes with pension at the very day the enemy invades.

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** ''Madeleine'', "Madeleine", in which Brel waits with a flower bouquet for Madeleine, who never comes, yet every week he is standing on the same spot.
** ''Zangra'', "Zangra", in which a soldier waits for the day he will fight the enemy and become a hero. The day never comes and he goes with pension at the very day the enemy invades.



--> Si c´était vrai tout cela ("If its all true")

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--> Si c´était vrai tout cela ("If its it's all true")
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