Après la pluie, le beau temps

caillebotte-paris-a-rainy-dayLately both France and the United States have been ravaged by terrible weather. The Burgundy region around Dijon was devastated by flash floods that wiped out homes and businesses in minutes. A two mile-wide swath of Oklahoma was erased by a powerful tornado.  The French have an optimistic expression that promises après la pluie, le beau temps (apreh lah plewee, luh bow tohm), which means “after the rain, beautiful weather.”  I certainly hope that’s true for all those who have been affected.

4One of my favorite French singers, Zaz, has a beautiful song entitled “La Pluie.” Here are the haunting lyrics:

Le ciel est gris,

La pluie s’invite comme par surprise

Elle est chez nous, et comme un rite, qui nous enlise

Les parapluies s’ouvrent en cadence, comme une danse,

Les gouttes tombent  en abondance sur douce France,

Refrain :

Tombe, tombe, tombe la pluie

En ce jour de dimanche de décembre

A l’ombre des parapluies,

Les passant se pressent, pressent sans attendre

On l’aime parfois, elle hausse la voix

Elle nous bouscule

Elle ne donne plus de ses  nouvelles en canicule

Puis elle revient comme un besoin

Par affection

Et elle nous chante sa grande chanson,

Inondation

Refrain X2 :

Et tombe, et tombe, et tombe, tombe …

Et tombe, et tombe, et tombe …

Zaz (album)

Zaz

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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