Charlotte Gainsbourg Discography and Lyrics

Albums:
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5:55, 2006
IRM, 2009
Stage Whisper, 2011

Track Listing:
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5:55
5:55
AF607105
The Operation
Tel Que Tu Es
The Songs That We Sing
Beauty Mark
Little Monsters
Jamais
Noctural Intermission
Everything I Cannot See
Morning Songs
Set Yourself on Fire
Somewhere Between Waking ∧ Sleeping

IRM
Master's Hands
IRM
Le Chat du Cafe des Artistes
In the End
Heaven Can Wait
Me and Jane Doe
Vanities
Time of the Assassins
Trick Pony
Greenwich Mean Time
Dandelion
Voyage
La Collectionneuse

Stage Whisper
Terrible Angels
Paradisco
All the Rain
White Telephone
Anna
Got to Let Go (Featuring Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale)
Out of Touch (Featuring Connan Mockasin)
Memoir
IRM (live)
Set Yourself on Fire (live)
Jamais (live)
Heaven Can Wait (live)
In the End (live)
AF607105 (live)
Just Like a Woman (live)
The Operation (live)
The Songs That We Sing (live)
Voyage (live)
Trick Pony (live)

Lyrics:
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(Album titles preceded by ##, Song titles by --)

#
5:55

--
5:55

À cinq heures cinquante-cinq
awake with open eyes
adrift upon the night
and miles away from land

five fifty-five
five fifty-five

à cinq heures cinquante-cinq
ante-meridiem
too late to end it now
too early to start again

five fifty-five
five fifty-five

soon the morning will arrive
can i begin another day
whilst this old day is still alive
refusing to be put away

five fifty-five
no sleep tonight
five fifty-five

like a beast awaits its faith
laid here with time to kill
the very dead of night
where time and space stand still

five fifty-five
five fifty-five

à cinq heures cinquante-cinq
nothing will ever change
on the altar of my thought
i sacrifice myself again and again and again

five fifty-five
five fifty-five

--
AF607105

Melancholy
aviation
chocolate
perfume
cigarettes
frequent flyer
stow away
dislocation
sleeping
jets
wave goodbye
feel homesick
tranquilizers
bill of fare
cry easy
dvt
disappear into thin air

chorus
''we wish you all a very happy pleasant flight
this is a journey to the center of the night
and the inflight entertainment's out of sight
here on af 607105''

time difference
you're waking
chase the sun into your eyes

sleeping cities
dust hotel rooms
passengers look to the skies

fly over
your lifetime
and never touching down

my heart
is breaking
somewhere over saskatchewan

chorus
''we wish you all a very happy pleasant flight
this is a journey to the center of the night
and the inflight entertainment's out of sight
here on af 607105''

your life in
the wrong hands
savannah and frozen wastes

the flight path
the wingspan
below the earth rotates

i love you
i miss you
i cannot see your face

invent a
new persona
drunk here on the edge of space

all the things i carry with me
and all the things i left behind
and all the things that wait to meet me
hover in the air tonight

if i can only keep on moving
and never stop and think of me
and freefall through the years and decades
terminal velocity

chorus
''we hope you had a very happy pleasant flight
this is our final destination so goodnight
like a stone we are now falling from the sky
farewell from af 607105''

the cabin
is burning
i smile and feel complete

here amongst
total strangers
27 000 feet

suspended
isolation
kids throw toy planes in the street

one final
blaze of glory
viewed from a window seat

--
The Operation

I want to explore you
i'm gonna get under your skin
so you can feel me running through your veins

i want to examine
every inch of your frame
the pressure points that cause your joy and pain

our love goes under the knife
there is no room for doubt

now i'm inside you
my hands can feel their way
further inside than i have ever been

now i can really
mess around with your heart
and fill it to the brim with broken dreams

our love goes under the knife
two lives may be saved

and if i pull this off
i'll refuse the nobel prize
instead i will look into your eyes

if i pull this off your whole body will be mine
and i'm prepared to work throughout the night

our love goes under the knife
nothing is taboo
...here on the cutting edge of science

too much information
i feel i'm getting lost
absorbed into the fibre of your soul

deep within the abbatoir
of your entrails your insides
lost in you forever far from home

our love goes under the knife
someone got too close

our love goes under the knife
the heart was rejected by the host

--
Tel Que Tu Es

Quand tu t'en vas,
que tu n'es pas pressé
ton corps se balance
sans importance
tel que tu es

sans dire un mot,
sans effort tu te moques
du décor tu es
de temps en temps
tel que tu es

tu ne sais pas
ce que l'on dit de toi
tu t'en fous surtout
n'y change rien
tel que tu es

no one can tell
what you say or do next
are you blessed
maybe by me sometimes
come as you are

--
The Songs That We Sing

I saw somebody who
Reminded me of you
Before you got afraid
I wish that you could've stayed that way

I saw a little girl
I stopped and smiled at her
She screamed and ran away
It happens to me more and more these days

And these songs that you sing
Do they mean anything
To the people you're singing them to
People like you

I saw a photograph
A woman in a bath of hundred dollar bills
If the cold doesn't kill her, money will

I read a magazine
That said by seventeen
Your life was at an end
I'm dead and I'm perfectly content

And these songs that I sing
Do they mean anything
To the people I'm singing them to
People like you

And these songs that we sing
Do they mean anything
To the people we're singing them to
Tonight they do

--
Beauty Mark

I've got a beauty mark
written on my skin
close to my heart
my favourite part
my beauty mark

I keep it out of sight
safe from the world outside
this old battle scar
this secret part
my beauty mark

this little death
this mark of sin
forever printed on my skin

I'll keep it for you

this hidden place
this private part
this secret door into my heart

I'll keep it for you

this precious jewel
this darling bud
this tiny reservoir of blood

my beauty mark
I'll keep it for you

--
Little Monsters

In the playground
children sing their songs and skin their knees
play, little monsters, play
i remember doing just the same so many years ago
and the things they'd say

i could handle sticks and stones
but those words still break my bones

chorus
little monsters that rule the world
you don't know what you're really saying
stop before someone ends up getting hurt
can't you see that we're only playing

i remember i was just another monster without life
'til the day you came
dirty creatures, tiny animals that crawl towards the light
don't you ever change

chorus
little monsters that rule the world
you don't know what you're really saying
stop before someone ends up getting hurt
can't you see that we're only playing

one day you will have to go
you'll have to learn to live alone

chorus
i can't hold your hand anymore
i can't always kiss you better
time to stand on your own two feet
time to see just where they get you

deep inside i'm still the same
just one more little monster
making out that she knows the rules
a sincere impostor

--
Jamais

I told you before that this is the end
you'll never work in this town again
jamais

you think you know me, that's your trouble
never fall in love with a body double
jamais

i stick to the script and i go with the plan
and frankly my dear i never gave a damn
jamais

never even scratched the surface,
though you're picking through my bones
it's the performance of a lifetime
it's my only starring role
your leading lady needs direction
your leading lady sleeps alone

you got the surface and substance confused
don't believe what you read in those interviews
jamais

i can act like i'm dumb, i can act like i'm clever
you thought that was me? oh well, i never
jamais

so just what is real and just what is fake?
well in life you never get to do a second take
jamais

never even scratched the surface
though you're picking through my bones
though the names and dates are altered
the story's still my own
the performance of a lifetime
my only starring role

in a cast of many thousands
no one's essential to the plot
every extra, every superstar
must now vacate the lot
in the performance of a lifetime
i make the final cut

--
Noctural Intermission

Night
nighttime intermission
personal inquisition
nocturnal emission
just talking to myself

--
Everything I Cannot See

I feel you all around me
you are everything i cannot see
as the ocean crawls onto the shoreline
so you lap at the edges of me

and now, as i'm walking
i know that you're watching me move
for as much as i need you
i must walk away from you

you're my life, you're my hope
you're the chain, you're the rope
you're my god, you're my hell
you're the sky, you're myself
you're the reason i'm living
you're all that i have to discover

you're the rain, you're the stars
you're so near, you're so far
you're my friend, you're my foe
you're the miles left to go
you are everything i ever wanted
and you are my lover

so i carry i carry the flowers
the flowers that are dead in my hands
they will rise up at the very sight of you
they will naturally understand
that today is the day
that we find out once and for all
now you know i must leave here
you must let me stand or fall

you're my life, you're my hope
you're the chain, you're the rope
you're my god, you're my hell
you're the sky, you're myself
you're the reason i'm living
you're all that i have to discover

you're the rain, you're the stars
you're so near, you're so far
you're my friend, you're my foe
you're the miles left to go
you are everything i ever wanted
and you are my lover

if i leave will you follow can i put my faith in you

you're my life, you're my hope
you're the chain, you're the rope
you're my god, you're my hell
you're the sky, you're myself
you're the reason i'm living
you're all that i have to discover

you're the rain, you're the stars
you're so near, you're so far
you're my friend, you're my foe
you're the miles left to go
you are everything i ever wanted
and you are my lover

and i love you now
as i loved you then
but this island life
just had to end
but you will allways be
my special friend
i will carry you with me
and we can love again

now the drizzle
soaks us to the skin
and the stars hang like a noose
so let's face this together
now this storm is finally though

you're my life, you're my hope
you're the chain, you're the rope
you're my god, you're my hell
you're the sky, you're myself
you're the reason i'm living
you're all that i have to discover

you're the rain, you're the stars
you're so near, you're so far
you're my friend, you're my foe
you're the miles left to go
you are everything i ever wanted
and you are my lover

--
Morning Songs

Last night i saw a ghost
he seemed familiar to me
i welcomed him
with open arms
he said my name
and laid me down
awoke the dreams still sleeping in my bones

you are my precious ghost
i close my eyes to see
i've touched you once again
you spent the night with me

guilty were our pleasures
nameless was our crime
come back my forbidden ghost
one more time

you must leave i understand
so tell your lie to me
how in the morning everything will be alright
yeah but to get to the morning first you have to get through the night

--
Set Yourself on Fire

Now come and stand
see the sights and warm your hands
and fan the flame inside of me

Been burning all my life
so come and set my house alight
yeah, come and set my spirit free

Now all is ashes
this moribund parade of asses
so shake it one more time for me

So take these matches off of me
and set yourself on fire

Fire

Coffee at the floor
it seemed just like the day before
the waiter winked and smiled at me

The couple at the bar
he burned his britches, she burned her bra
now somebody has burned the car

Sulphur in the air
and cracks appearing everywhere
don't try to stop it, don't you dare

Now see,
that everything must fall that we may live again

So take these matches off of me
and set yourself on fire

Fire...

Now it's so clear to me
this bonfire of the vanities
so come on everybody, scream

A purifying flame
and you and I can take the blame
a spirit that cannot be tamed

Now see,
that everything must fall that we may live again

So take these matches off of me
and set yourself on fire

Fire...

--
Somewhere Between Waking & Sleeping

Without blindness
there is no sight
You'd see the further if you'd only close your eyes

In unconsciousness
I can find peace
Inside prison walls I can find release

There is a place that I've seen
somewhere between waking and sleeping

Down at the water's edge
somebody waits for me
Is it too late for me?
"It's never too late", he says

(2 voices)
A: Without blindness
B: Without blindness
A: there is no sight
B: there is failure
A: I'd see further
B: people gather
A: if I
B: by the river
A: close my eyes
B: they were talking
A: about the failure

There is a place that I've seen
somewhere between waking and sleeping

Leaning over the side
trailing my fingertips
watching the water slip
into the quiet night

Viewed from the wrong end of the telescope
I see myself
so far below

Still and silent
rest in peace
a thread unravels
such merciful release

There is a place that I've seen
somewhere between waking and sleeping

Now I can all but see
figures upon the shore
he's gathering in the oars
Where are you taking me?

#
IRM

--
Master's Hands

(Hey hey hey hey... hey hey hey hey...)

Hold my head up, right foot back
Take my hands down, shake my back
Pull my strings and cut my rope
Rattle my frame and shatter my ghost
And if I can't get back in line
They're gonna break me down
Till the broad daylight comes through

Breathe out, come alive
Give me a reason to feel

Take my eyes and paint my bones
Drill my brain all full of holes
And patch it up before it leaks
These memories come two by three
And if I catch these master's hands
Could I spend my days on a discount revelry

Breathe out, come alive
Give me a reason to feel

--
IRM

Take a picture, what's inside?
Ghost image in my mind
Neural pattern like a spider
Capillary to the centre

Hold still and press the button
Looking through a glass onion
Following the X-ray eye
From the cortex to medulla

Analyze EKG
Can you see a memory?
Register all my fear
On a flowchart disappear

Leave my head demagnetized
Tell me where the trauma lies
In the scan of pathogen
Or the shadow of my sin

--
Le Chat du Cafe des Artistes

Quand on est mort, c'est qu'on est mort
Quand on ne rit plus, c'est qu'on ne vit plus
Quand j'aurai coupé la ficelle
Mettez-moi dans une poubelle

Laissez-moi faisander un mois
Et de là jetez-moi au chat
Qu'il refuse ma rate et mon foie
Mais choisissez l'heure pour qu'il me mange le coeur

Que je reste encore avec vous
Sur vos épaules et vos genoux
Que je sois puisqu'il faut qu'on existe
Le chat du café des artistes

Et si le pain vient à manquer
Je serai là et n'hésitez pas
Brisez-moi les pattes et le cou
Et puis mangez-moi à même le chat

Ce ne sera pas la première fois
Qu'on aura mangé un artiste

Quand on est mort, c'est qu'on est mort
Quand on ne rit plus, c'est qu'on ne vit plus
Quand il a coupé La ficelle
On l'a mis dans une poubelle

Et puis ils m'ont oublié là
Là là là là là là là là
Comme ils ont oublié le chat
Comme ils oublieront ma tête et mes chansons

Ce ne sera pas la dernière fois
Que l'on oubliera un artiste

Quand on est mort c'est qu'on est mort
Quand on ne rit plus, c'est qu'on ne vit plus
Quand j'aurai coupé la ficelle
Mettez-moi dans une poubelle

Et puis ils m'ont oublié là
Là là là là là là là là
Comme ils ont oublié le chat
Comme ils oublieront ma tête et mes chansons

Ce ne sera pas la dernière fois
Que l'on oubliera un artiste

Quand on est mort c'est qu'on est mort
Quand on ne rit plus, c'est qu'on ne vit plus
Quand j'aurai coupé la ficelle
Mettez-moi dans une poubelle

Et puis ils m'ont oublié là
Là là là là là là là là
Là là là là là là là là
Là là là là là là là là
--
In the End

Help me to see
What it's all coming to
Crumbs on the table
And mud on these shoes
Treading so long
I can't see where we've been
Tracks on the trail
And nails digging in

Who's to say it's all for the best in the end

Some hands will rob you
And some hands will beg
Some say they'll stay
Til the last dying day
But if actions can't speak
And words cannot do
What ten thousand armies
Can't even fight through

Who's to say it's all for the best in the end
Who's to say it's all for the best in the end

--
Heaven Can Wait

She's sliding, she's sliding down to the dregs of the world
She's fighting, she's fighting the urge to make sand out of pearls

Heaven can wait
and hell's too far to go
Somewhere between
what you need and what you know
And they're trying to drive that escalator into the ground

She's hiding, she's hiding on a battleship of baggage and bones
There's thunder, there's lightening and an avalanche of faces you know

Heaven can wait
and hell's too far to go
Somewhere between
what you need and what you know
And they're trying to drive that escalator into the ground

You left your credentials in a greyhound station
with a first aid kit and a flashlight
Going to a desert unknown

Heaven can wait
and hell's too far to go
Somewhere between
what you need and what you know
And they're trying to drive that escalator into the ground

--
Me and Jane Doe

If I had my way
I'd cross the desert to the sea
Learn to speak in tongues something
That makes sense to you and me

I'd like to unplug the phone
Sending messages with a mirror
Stand on the old plateau
With a satellite dish and Geronimo's ghost

Down in the Rio Del Sol
I sunk my suitcase alone
Filled up the Amazon
With snakes and vines and ropes for my clothes

Me And Jane Doe and Rousseau
We've got nowhere to go
Walking through cactus and stones
With our bare hands mining for gold

Down in the city so cold
Shining like razors in the sun
You can go there anytime that you like
And try to find happiness from a gun

--
Vanities

You could have it all
You could pawn it off
You could learn to crawl
Where you used to walk

And I... I'm only burning vanities

You could tell a tale
You could sell it off
You could find a grail
Made of cinder block

And I... I'm only burning vanities

--
Time of the Assassins

I walk in a line
I see where I'm going
I turn inside out
The days that I've known
I face to myself
And give up the ghost
I turn in my mind
What time already knows

In the Time Of The Assassins
They say hallelujah
It doesn't take a miracle to raise a
Heart from the dead

I sift through the ash
I look for a sign
I open the wound
That keeps me in line
The shoulder that turns
The flame that goes out
The chapter I close
There's no point to it now

In the Time Of The Assassins
They say hallelujah
it doesn't take a miracle to raise a
Heart from the dead

And can something change
But still feel the same
The beginning's the end
I start all over again

In the Time Of The Assassins
They say hallelujah
it doesn't take a miracle to raise a
Heart from the dead

--
Trick Pony

Train, train
Come and gone
My rum coco
My cold empty
Shake, shake
Sugaree
Shoo, shoo fly
Don't come back again

X X the eyes
C. C. Rider riding
On the morning tide
To the fall horizon
Sic, sic the wolves
And hope it don't get ugly
A trick pony
He don't know me
He don't know me at all

Knock, knock
Go away
Pull the trigger
And see your shadow laughing
Transatlantic
There's no one there
It's no cold comfort
With your conscience calling

X X the eyes
C. C. Rider riding
On the morning tide
To the fall horizon
Sic, sic the wolves
And hope it don't get ugly
A trick pony
He don't know me
He don't know me at all

--
Greenwich Mean Time

Crooked man down a crooked mile
Crooked backbone, crossed out smile
Crooked cat, crooked mouse
We live together in a crooked little house

We're all fine, we're all fine
We fit together like worms on a line
We're so good, we're so nice
We stick together like dirty horse flies

Crooked eyes, crooked tooth
Crooked mind bending back the truth
A crooked road on a crooked town
Looking down at the crumbs on the ground

We're all fine, we're all fine
We fit together like nickles on a dime
We're so good, we're so nice
We talk the mumbo jumbo Greenwich Mean Time

We're all fine, we're all fine
We fit together like nickles on a dime
We're so good, we're so nice
We talk the mumbo jumbo Greenwich Mean Time

--
Dandelion

Red River, keep on rolling down
It's been a long time since I let my hair hang down
I'll take my time before I go under the ground
Oh dandelion, tell me what you're thinking now

Shape I'm in, I better get back home soon
I got one eye on the road and one eye on the big black moon
Dandelion, won't you tell me what to do

Ironsides rusting in the railroad rain
Now I found out what the Captain of the Morning was saying
Dandelion, better hope your mother's praying

Dumb luck is the only luck I ever knew
I'd make a wish but I don't think it'd ever come true
Dandelion, I guess I'll leave it up to you

Belle Starr, she doesn't have any shoes
She walks crooked and paints her eyelids blue
Dandelion, I wanna go there too

--
Voyage

Voyage au bout de la nuit
Voyage au bout de la nuit
Voyage au bout de la nuit

Plumes sauvages
Le mirage
Kerozene
Au gris gris
Rattlesnake
Cadillac
Race humaine
Espace vie

Voyage au bout de la nuit

We could go au bout du monde
Till the end of the night
We could go au bout du monde
Till the end of the night
Voyage au bout de la nuit
We could go, oh
Journey till the end of the world

Guitare noire
Lame rasoire
Porte bonheur
Accroche coeur
Vagabond
Bottle blond
Cicatrice
Sacrifice

Voyage au bout de la nuit

We could go au bout du monde
Till the end of the night
We could go au bout du monde
Till the end of the night
Voyage au bout de la nuit
We could go, oh
Journey till the end of the world

Voyage au bout de la nuit

--
La Collectionneuse

I collect many things
And keep them all close to me
To the ceiling from the floor
I'm tripping on them constantly

Pixelated faces play
On the blown out TV screen
Footage from a camera,
These days I'm fast-forwarding

I see a pattern start to form
Over time it's surfacing
Like a face I recognize
It never says anything

I add up all these moments
In a long narrow ledger
Decimals of pain
Integers of pleasure

The sum of all these parts
I don't know how to measure
They keep on adding up
They just keep on adding up

The collector, la collectioneuse
The collector, la collectioneuse
The collector, la collectioneuse
The collector, la collectioneuse

J'ai cueilli ce brin de bruyère
L'automne est morte souviens-t'en
Nous ne nous verrons plus sur terre
Odeur du temps brin de bruyère
Et souviens-toi que je t'attends

J'ai eu le courage de regarder en arrière
Les cadavres de mes jours

Que lentement passent les heures
Comme passe un enterrement
Tu pleureras l'heure oò tu pleures
Qui passera trop vitement
Comme passe toutes les heures.

Et toi mon coeur pourquoi bats-tu?
Comme un guetteur mélancolique
J'observe la nuit et la mort

Vienne la nuit sonne l'heure
Les jours s'en vont je demeure

Douglas Brick / dbrick@kom.net
Sun May 28 15:18:34 PDT 2017