Indila – Tourner Dans Le Vide Lyrics & English Translation

Tourner Dans Le vide” (Meaning: Spinning In The Emptiness”; pronunciation tuʀne dɑ̃ lə vid) is a hit song by French singer Indila. The song was released in 2014 on the album Mini World and became an instant success in Europe. This post will examine the song’s French lyrics and English translation in detail.

Tourner Dans Le Vide by Indila

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Song overview

In a nutshell, the song “Tourner Dans Le Vide” is about the Indila being in love with a man who’s a manual worker (Il tallait la pierre, fils d’ouvrier; He cut stone, the son of a worker). She feels the man is being judged (Ne le jugez pas; Don’t judge him) by people with twisted values (Vous troquez vos valeurs; You swap your values). She then states that after his departure she’ll always have a tear stuck in her eye for him (Une larme du passé, Coincée dans mes yeux; A tear from the past, stuck in my eyes).

In the music video, which received over 260 million views on YouTube (see end of post), Indila enters what appears to be a high-class party where she’s looked down upon by the people there. She sees her imaginary lover in a painting. After dancing with the imaginary lover, he then disappears from the painting.

Tourner Dans Le Vide Lyrics

Line-by-line lyrics analysis

In the following section we’ve selected lines which we feel offer interesting insights into French vocabulary and grammar.

Il était brun, le teint basané

This line translates to “He was brown-haired and dark-skinned”. “Il etait” means both “he was” and “he used to be”. This is être (to be) conjugated in the imperfect tense. This page offers a complete breakdown of the verb être.

The adjective brun/brune means brunette or brown-haired. The noun teint means complexion and comes from the verb teindre (to dye). Basané is an adjective meaning dark-skinned, swarthy or tanned.

Le regard timide, les mains toutes abîmées

This line translates to “With a timid look and damaged hands”. “Regard” as a noun can translate to “look” or “appearance”. The adjective abîmé means damaged, ruined or spoiled.

Il taillait la pierre, fils d’ouvier

This line translate to “He cut stone, the son of a worker”. The verb tailler means to trim, cut, carve or sculpt. Pierre means stone or rock. The spelling is the same as the first name, Pierre. The nous ouvrier translate to worker, laborer or manual worker.

Il en était fier, mais pourquoi vous riez?

This line translate to “He was proud, why are you laughing?”. The “en” is an indirect object pronoun, referring back to his work. This page covers object pronouns in detail and touches on “en”. The adjective fier means proud, in the positive sense. The -r is pronounced in both the masculine and feminine (fière) forms.

Non, ne le jugez pas

This line translates to “No, don’t judge him”. The “le” is a direct object pronoun meaning “him”. “Le” is also the word for “the” in the masculine form. This is called direct article, which we cover in detail on this page.

Vous qui ne connaissez pas

This line translates to “You who don’t know”. There are two verbs for “to know” in French: Connaître and savoir. The former is used for people and the later is used for facts. This page on our site explains connaître vs savoir in detail.

Les vertiges et le labeur

This line translate to “The heights and the labor”. Vertige in French translates to “vertigo” and “fear of heights”. Thus, we simply translated it to “heights” in our lyrics translation. Labeur is related to the English word “labor” and means labor, toil or hard work.

Vous êtes faussement heureux, vous troquez vos valeurs

This line translate to “You are falsely happy, you swap your values”. The adjective faux/fausse means false or fake. The related adverb faussement translate to falsely, wrongly, wrongfully. The verb troquer means to swap, exchange or switch.

Lui, il est tout mon monde, et bien plus que ça

This line translate to “He is my entire world, and even more than that”. The word luiis a stressed pronoun translates to him. In this line, it precedes the subject pronoun “il” (he) to add some emphasis to the subject. The page on our site covers “lui” in detail and this page page covers stressed pronouns.

Seule je crie son nom quand vient le désarroi

This line translates to “I scream his name alone when the confusion comes”. The verb crier means “to scream”. It looks like the English word “cry”. However, “pleurer” means “to cry” in French. The French noun désarroi translate to disarray, confusion and consternation.

Et puis tout s’effondre quand il n’est plus là

This line translate to “And everything crumbles when he’s not here any more”. The verb s’effondrer has many translations including to fall, collapse and break apart. The word “plus” is a special negation form used to indicated “anymore”. This page on our site covers French negation rules in detail. The word can cause a bit of confusion as it means both “here” and “there”. “Ici” also means here”.

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J’aimerais tellement lui dire mais je n’ose pas

This line translates to “I would like to tell him so much but I don’t dare”. “J’aimerais” translates to “I would like to”. This is the conditional (would tense) form of “aimer” (to like). This page on our site covers the conditional tense in detail. The verb oser means “to dare”.

Lui qui me fait

We translated this line to “He makes me”. “Lui” is a stressed pronoun meaning “him”. Another loose translation of this line could be “He’s the one who makes me”.

Qui peut bien me dire ce qui est arrivé?

This line translates to “Who can tell me what happened?”. “Ce qui” is an indefinite relative pronoun, meaning “what”. This page on our site examines relative pronouns in detail. In addition to “to arrive”, the French verbarriver also means “to happen” or “to occur”.

Depuis qu’il est parti, je n’ai pu me relever

This line translates to “Since he’s been gone, I haven’t been able to get back on my feet”. The verb “partir” (to leave) uses “être” as an auxiliary very in the passé composé (a French past tense), covered in detail on this page. The reflexive verb se relever means to get back on your feet.

Ce n’est plus qu’un souvenir, une larme du passé

This line translate to “It’s just a memory, a tear from the past”. The phrase “ce n’est plus que” translates literally to “It is only anymore”. French negations can be very complex. “Ne + verb + plus” means “anymore” and “ne + verb + que” means “only”. The page on our site covers French negation rules in detail.

Coincée dans mes yeux qui ne veut plus s’en aller

This line translates to “Stuck in my eyes that doesn’t want to leave”. The adjective “coincé” translates to stuck, jammed or uptight. The reflexive verb s’en aller means “to leave”. This page on our site covers reflexive verbs in detail.

Ils sont superficiels, ils ignorent tout du cœur

This line translates to “They’re superficial, they know nothing about the heart”. The French verb “ignorer” means both “to know nothing” and “to ignore”.

J’espère le revoir là, pas dans l’au-delà

We translated this line to “I hope to see him again here, not in heaven”. Au-delà translate to “beyond” or “on the other side”. “L’au-delà” translates to “the afterlife”. Thus our loose translation was “heaven”.

Sais-tu mon bel amour, mon beau soldat

This line translates to “Do you know, my love, my beautiful soldier”. The word “bel” really means “beau” (beautiful). It’s written as “bel” to form a special liaison (the linking of two words).

Tourner Dans Le Vide French Lyrics & English Translation

Il était brun, le teint basané
Le regard timide, les mains toutes abîmées
Il taillait la pierre, fils d’ouvier
Il en était fier, mais pourquoi vous riez?
Non, ne le jugez pas
Vous qui ne connaissez pas
Les vertiges et le labeur
Vous êtes faussement heureux, vous troquez vos valeurs
Lui, il est tout mon monde, et bien plus que ça
Seule je crie son nom quand vient le désarroi
Et puis tout s’effondre quand il n’est plus là
J’aimerais tellement lui dire mais je n’ose pas

He was brown-haired and dark-skinned
With a timid look and damaged hands
He cut stone, the son of a worker
He was proud, why are you laughing?
No, don’t judge him
You who don’t know
The heights and the labor
You are falsely happy, you swap your values
He is my entire world, and even more than that
I scream his name alone when the confusion comes
And everything crumbles when he’s not here any more
I would like to tell him so much but I don’t dare

Lui qui me fait
Tourner dans le vide, vide
Tourner dans le vide, vide
Tourner dans le vide, il me fait tourner
Dans le vide, vide, vide
Tourner, tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide, il me fait tourner
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide

He makes me
Spin in the emptiness, emptiness
Spin in the emptiness, emptiness
Spin in the emptiness, he makes me spin
In the emptiness, emptiness, emptiness
Spin, spin in the emptiness
Spin in the emptiness, he makes me spin
In the emptiness
In the emptiness
In the emptiness
In the emptiness
In the emptiness
In the emptiness
In the emptiness

Qui peut bien me dire ce qui est arrivé?
Depuis qu’il est parti, je n’ai pu me relever
Ce n’est plus qu’un souvenir, une larme du passé
Coincée dans mes yeux qui ne veut plus s’en aller
Oh non, ne riez pas
Vous qui ne connaissez pas
Les vertiges et la douleur
Ils sont superficiels, ils ignorent tout du cœur
Lui, c’était tout mon monde et bien plus que ça
J’espère le revoir là, pas dans l’au-delà
Aidez-moi tout s’effondre puisqu’il n’est plus là
Sais-tu mon bel amour, mon beau soldat

Who can tell me what happened?
Since he’s been gone, I haven’t been able to get back on my feet
It’s just a memory, a tear from the past
Stuck in my eyes that doesn’t want to leave
Oh no, don’t laugh
You who don’t know
The heights and the pain
They’re superficial, they know nothing about the heart
He was my entire world and even more than that
I hope to see him again here, not in heaven
Help me, everything crumbles since he’s no longer here
Do you know, my love, my beautiful soldier

Que tu me fais
Tourner dans le vide, vide
Tourner dans le vide, vide
Tourner dans le vide, tu me fais tourner
Dans le vide, vide, vide
Tourner, tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide, il me fait tourner
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide

That you make me
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness, you make me spin
IN emptiness, emptiness, emptiness
Spin in emptiness, he makes me spin
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness

Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide

Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness

Il me fait tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Il me fait tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Tourner dans le vide
Il me fait tourner
Tourner dans le vide

He makes me spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness

Spin in emptiness
He makes me spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
Spin in emptiness
He makes me spin
Spin in emptiness

Listen to Tourner Dans Le Vide

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