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A French to English Translation of Joe Dassin’s Et Si Tu N’Existais Pas

Posted by on August 14, 2011

When my wife and I first heard Joe Dassin’s Et Si Tu N’Existais Pas, we fell in love with it. We did not know the meaning of the song, it just sounded so great!. After hearing it a couple of more times, we decided that it would be played during our first dance at our engagement party. Years later, I asked a friend who knew the language to translate the song from French to English. As a result, I was even more excited that the song actually meant something to me!

Below is an accurate translation of Joe Dassin’s “Et si tu n’existais pas”

You can download the song by right clicking & “Save Link As” –> Joe Dassin – ET SI TU N’EXISTAIS PAS

French

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi pourquoi j’existerais
Pour traîner dans un monde sans toi
Sans espoir et sans regret

Et si tu n’existais pas
J’essaierais d’inventer l’amour
Comme un peintre qui voit sous ses doigts
Naître les couleurs du jour
Et qui n’en revient pas

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi pour qui j’existerais
Des passantes endormies dans mes bras
Que je n’aimerais jamais

Et si tu n’existais pas
Je ne serais qu’un point de plus
Dans ce monde qui vient et qui va
Je me sentirais perdu
J’aurais besoin de toi

Et si tu n’existais pas
Dis-moi comment j’existerais
Je pourrais faire semblant d’être moi
Mais je ne serais pas vrai

Et si tu n’existais pas
Je crois que je l’aurais trouvé
Le secret de la vie, le pourquoi
Simplement pour te créer
Et pour te regarder

 

English

And if you didn’t exist,
Tell me why I would.
To trail in a world without you,
Without hope or regrets.

And if you didn’t exist,
I would try to invent love,
Like a painter who sees under his fingers
The colors of day come to life.
And can’t believe his eyes.

And if you didn’t exist,
Tell me for whom I would exist.
Fleeting loves asleep in my arms
Whom I would never love.

And if you didn’t exist,
I would only be one more point
In this world that comes and goes,
I would feel lost,
I would need you.

And if you didn’t exist,
Tell me how I would exist.
I could pretend to be me,
But I wouldn’t be real.

And if you didn’t exist,
I think I would have found it,
The secret of life, the why,
Simply to create you,
And to look at you.

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