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Quand C’est (Cancer) in English from French
Lyrics reviewed and translated by John Elkhoury and Stromae
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Mais oui on se connait bien
Why yes we already know one another
T’as même voulu t’faire ma mère, hein ?
You even tried to get my mom, huh?
T’as commencé par ses seins
You started with her breasts
Et puis du poumon à mon père
And then the lungs of my dad
Tu t’en souviens ?
Do you remember?

Cancer, Cancer, dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, cancer, tell me when
Cancer, Cancer, qui est le prochain ?
Cancer, cancer, who is next?
Cancer, Cancer, oh dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, Cancer, tell me when?
Cancer, cancer, qui est le prochain ?
Cancer, cancer, who is next?

Et tu aimes les petits enfants
And you like little kids
Décidément, rien ne t’arrête toi
Obviously, nothing can stop you
Et arrête de faire ton innocent
And stop acting innocenct
Sur les paquets de cigarettes
On the packets of cigarettes
“Fumer tue”
“Smoking kills”
Tu m’étonnes !
That’s surprising (sarcasm)!
Mais tu m’aides
But you’re helping me

Cancer, cancer, dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, cancer tell me when
Cancer, cancer, qui est le prochain ?
Cancer, cancer, who is next?
Cancer, cancer, oh dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, cancer, oh tell me when?
Cancer, cancer, oh cancer
Cancer, cancer, oh cancer

Quand c’est, quand c’est
When is it, when is it
Que tu cesses tes avances ?
That you will stop your advances?
Quand c’est, quand c’est
When is it, when is it
Que tu pars en vacances ?
That you’ll you go on vacation?
Quand c’est, quand c’est
When is it, when is it
Quand est-ce que tu y penses ?
That you’ll think about it?
Quand c’est, quand c’est ?
When is it, when is it
Ça nous fera des vacances
You’ll give us a break

Cancer, Cancer, dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, cancer, tell me when
Cancer, Cancer, qui est le prochain ?
Cancer, cancer, who is next?
Cancer, Cancer, oh dis-moi quand c’est ?
Cancer, Cancer, tell me when?
Cancer, cancer, qui est le prochain ?
Cancer, cancer, who is next?

Qui est le prochain ?
Who is next?
Qui est le prochain ?
Who is next?

Qui est, qui est, qui est le prochain ? [x8]
Who is, who is, who is next? [x8]


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Quand C’est English Translation – Stromae
When we translate Stromae’s song from French to English we can see a few things. Stromae starts the song with a sort of sexual illusion. He says cancer started with his mom and went for her breasts. Stromae refers to cancer as a sort of serial rapist. This comparison continues when Stromae mentions in French that cancer even preys on little kids.

“Who is next?” is often repeated indicating that we all may be victims of this sick disease. The worse thing being that it can strike almost anyone.

Later in the song Stromae alludes to the cigarette packets. Stromae is a smoker. Despite cancer being upfront about killing him on the packet (“you help me”), he continues his journey towards cancer’s clutches.

The last thing I want to mention in Quand C’est’s lyrics is the final verse. When will cancer take a break and become one of humanity’s past deadly medical conditions? Treatments are in the works, but will a cure pop up during our lifetime?

Those are the lyrics of Quand C’est / Cancer translated from French to English and my breakdown.

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