!*#@%%@ (joho07) wrote in linguaphiles,



In light of the movie that just came out about Serge Gainsbourg, I was listening to some of his songs. I know that there is a lot of wordplay in his lyrics, and irony in his songs, which makes it quite difficult to understand for me. Can someone help me with these lyrics, and maybe tell me which point he was trying to make with this song, if any?

Joanna est aussi grosse qu’un éléphant
C’est la plus grosse de toute La Nouvelle-Orléans
Et pourtant
Joanna Joanna Joanna tu sais danser léger léger

Joanna est bien de la Louisiane
Quand elle suit un régime c’est un régime de bananes
Et pourtant
Joanna Joanna Joanna tu sais danser léger léger

Elle danse léger léger
Elle saute léger léger
Elle tourne léger léger
Elle s’envole léger léger

Joanna a un faible pour les tabourets
Elle en consomme deux ou trois dans la soirée
Et pourtant
Joanna Joanna Joanna tu sais danser
Léger léger


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