Stromae being from Belgium sings most of his songs in French for your convenience. By singing in French he allows you to not be bothered by the particulars of the lyrics to the song and encourages you to develop an appreciation for his sound from the sparks and flashes of images that come to your imagination. [Aside: Granted I could say this about any non-English singing artist, I just haven’t said it yet so I thought I’d grace your ears with these words here, at this moment, consider yourself blessed (regardless of whether or not I was the person who said you were blessed of course). Moreover, because he repeats the chorus line again and again throughout the song, it’s hard for an American not to copy the title of the song and paste it into Google’s handy translator to find out what it means; “Then We Dance”. But honestly, there are more lyrics to the song than just the chorus, and the phrase “Then We Dance” is general enough of a statement that it allows for plenty of subjective interpretation of the song. If anything you’re probably thinking that it’s a DANCE song because it’s talking about dancing and the melody is highly reminiscent of classic house and dance songs, and has that oh so provocative and popular backup horn. Well, sure it’s a dance song… and what? Don’t you like Danc’n!?]
I appreciate the double perspective of the video. It’s fun, and I also love that in the video he ends up singing the song to an audience when he’s really drunk, which helped to show me that this song really could be sung when he’s completely smashed out of his mind drunk, which in itself, is worthy of some applause. So kudos to Stromae, the well dressed, skinny French singing, dance producing brand spank’n new artist from Belgium.
Anyway, whatever. Enjoy this Song of the Day. And if you like it you should really go check out his song Te Quiero here.