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Le Bal des Laze

wickedcherub posted about her liking of songs talking about murder.
It reminded me of a French song by Michel Polnareff that I always found strangely compelling, "Le Bal des Laze". It's a pretty old song (1968), but since the "story" takes place in an unprecised but older setting, it is quite intemporal.

Since it's in French, here's a summary of the lyrics : a guy (the narrator) is going to be hanged the next day, who was working in the castle of Laze, and thinks that Jane, the lord and lady's daughter, is going to miss him and "the love they used to make away from the castle". He remembers how jealous he was, being the ignored fool, while Jane danced with her boyfriend.
Tomorrow he's going to be hanged, it will only be a few lines in the newspapers, he's just a murderer.
Maybe Jane will feel a bit sad when he dies. He says that his last sentence will be so that he's pitied, as they are going to give her a new fiancé, and he won't be able to kill this one...

Le Bal Des Laze
by Michel Polnareff

e serai pendu demain matin
Ma vie n'était pas faite
Pour les châteaux.
Tout est arrivé ce soir de juin
On donnait une fête
Dans le château .

Dans le château de Laze
Le plus grand bal de Londres
Lord et Lady de Laze
Recevaient le grand monde
Diamants, rubis, topazes
Et blanches robes longues
Caché dans le jardin
Moi je serrais les poings
Je regardais danser
Jane et son fiancé.

Je serai pendu demain au jour
Dommage pour la fille
De ce château.
Car je crois qu'elle aimait bien l'amour
Que l'on faisait tranquille
Loin du château.

Dans le château de Laze
Pour les vingt ans de Jane
Lord et Lady de Laze
Avaient reçu la Reine
Moi le fou que l'on toise
Moi je crevais de haine
Caché dans le jardin
Moi je serrais les poings
Je regardais danser
Jane et son fiancé.

Je serai pendu demain matin
Ça fera quatre lignes
Dans les journaux.
Je ne suis qu'un vulgaire assassin
Un vagabond indigne
De ce château.

Dans le château de Laze
Peut-être bien que Jane
A l'heure où l'on m'écrase
Aura un peu de peine
Mais ma dernière phrase
Sera pour qu'on me plaigne
Puisqu'on va lui donner
Un autre fiancé
Et que je ne pourrai pas
Supprimer celui-là

... Okay, I do, too, like songs about murders when they're well done.

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