Ta Fête English Translation
Reviewed/Translated by Stromae & John Elkhoury
COMPREHENSION DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM

Il est l’heure
It’s time
Fini l’heure de danser
It’s time to stop dancing
Danse, t’inquiète pas, tu vas danser
Danse, don’t worry, you will be dancing
Balance-toi, mais tu vas te faire balancer
Hold still, but you’ll end up swinging
Défonce-toi, mais tu vas te faire défoncer
Drink up, but you’ll end up getting drunk

Tu aimerais faire, ta fête
You want to party
Ta mère veux te la faire aussi (ta fête)
Your mother wants to get on your case (your party)
Le juge voudrait te faire, ta fête (ta fête)
The judge would like a word with you (your party)
Tout le monde te feras aussi (ta fête)
Everybody is out to get you (your party)

Tu sort trop, du moins c’est ce qu’ils disent
You go out too much, at least that’s what they say
Ils parlent trop, c’est pourquoi tes oreilles sifflent
They talk a lot, that’s why your ears are ringing
À qui la faute, c’est la faute à autrui, hein?
Whose fault is that? It’s their fault, right?
C’est les autres, toi tu n’a qu’une seul envie
It’s them, because you only have one wish.

Tu aimerais faire, ta fête
You want to party
Ta mère veux te la faire aussi (ta fête)
Your mother wants to get on your case (your party)
Le juge voudrait te faire, ta fête (ta fête)
The judge would like a word with you (your party)
Tout le monde te feras aussi (ta fête)
Everybody is out to get you (your party)

[[Synth breakdown]]

Tu aimerais faire, ta fête
You want to party
Ta mère veux te la faire aussi (ta fête)
Your mother wants to get on your case (your party)
Le juge voudrait te faire, ta fête (ta fête)
The judge would like a word with you (your party)
Tout le monde te feras aussi (ta fête)
Everybody is out to get you (your party)


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Ta Fête English Translation – Stromae
What is this song about?

Life.

The YouTube video section is full of explanations about the underlying meaning of this song. Our main character, is launched right into the large maze of life. Here is where he faces many obstacles: from a judge (the law) to his mother and potential spouse. The mother in the video, seen with her rolling pin, fights with your decisions, but she saves you when needed (at 1:56 in the video, she prevents the main character from falling off the edge). The wife in the video attempts to “tie down” our main character with a mace. But he doesn’t want to get hitched – all he wants to do is party! As the video nears its end, you see everybody out to get our protagonist.

However, when you successfully run away form all of these people, you’re only conflicted with an even larger maze.

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