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French Class Blues

by Chris Sorrenti


I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues

So bored that I’m sleeping
Trying to write this song
Dreaming of the sun outside
And the day when I’ll be gone

He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues

I’d like to be a winner
But all I do is lose
Trying to put the words together
A noun a verb an adjective
They’re all the same to me
As they reprogram my classmates
With the passé composé

I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues

Sitting by the telephone
Waiting for your call
For a little bit of English
To keep from crawling up the wall

He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues

No I’m not really prejudiced
And I know it’s not nice to complain
I’ve made my home in bilingual Ottawa
So I guess I’ll have to stay
Just wake me up when it’s four o’clock
So I can hit the road
To see my friends and family
Back at the chez moi

I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues

Il faut que j’aille cinq jours ‘semaine
Et je crois j’ai besoin d’un autre brain
J’aime les gens mais pas leur langue
Mais qu’est-ce que on peut faire
Quand on peut dire rien?!

He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues
He’s got the French class blues
I’ve got the French class blues...


© 1983

1,220 hits as of June 2020

04/10/2004

Posted on 04/11/2004
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/11/04 at 02:43 AM

Great fun! Nothing like a class that bores one nearly to tears! Gently sarcastic! Merci!

Posted by Ginette T Belle on 04/11/04 at 05:06 AM

i love it chris...i love your unique style of writing...i sang along to this one...

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 04/12/04 at 01:26 AM

I could hear the music in this one!

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 04/12/04 at 01:33 AM

yeah, language barriers! Though I've always loved French class, I still felt this one! There are much more fun ways to learn languages. merci, eh bien fait en tout cas.

Posted by JD Clay on 04/14/04 at 01:37 PM

Ebullient boredom has been brought to bear. Cool lyrics, Chris, does this one have a score? pe4ce...

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 04/15/04 at 01:35 PM

ok, you just had to make me go to dictionary.com for a translation (i need to learn french some day... just in a happy french class... LOL)... and it was worth it... i almost love your french part the best... humourous and upbeat... this song is groovy... blessings...

Posted by Traci Mabats on 04/16/04 at 01:48 AM

Okay, the only thing that would make this poem better would be actually hearing Ginette sing along with it.

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