Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles – Lyrics & Meaning

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Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles

Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles” (Meaning: All the boys and the girls; Pronunciation: tu le fij e le gaʀsɔ̃) is a song by French singer Françoise Hardy. Released in 1962, the song became a major hit in the French-speaking world. The song is about an adolescent feeling alone in the world and envious of other young and happy couples.

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Song synopsis

The overall theme of the song, “Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles” is the emotional struggling of an adolescent lacking romantic companionship and admiring her peers. Hardy sings about walking alone (Oui, mais moi, je vais seule; Yes, but me, I go alone), admiring hear pears who walk as couples (Ils s’en vont amoureux; They go in love).

By the end of the song, she asks when she’ll find such love (Je me demande quand viendra le jour; J’aurai quelqu’un qui m’aime; I wonder when the day will come; [when] I’ll have somebody who loves me).

Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles Lyrics

Lyrics Analysis

In the following section we’ll explore the lyrics to this song in depth, analyzing the both the vocabulary and grammar line-by-line.

Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge, Se promènent par les rues deux par deux

The first two lines translate to “All the boys and girls my age, Walk in the streets two by two”. The word “tous” means “all”. There are four forms of “tous” depending on number and gender. “Tous” is used for the masculine-plural form.

The reflexive verb “se promener” means “to walk” or “to stroll”. Hence, “Je me promène” means “I walk” or “I stroll”.

The expressionDeux par deux means “two a time” or “in pairs”.

Savent bien ce que c’est qu’être heureux

This line translates to “Know what it is to be happy”. “Savent” means “they know” and comes from the verb “savoir” (to know). There are several ways to say “to know” in French.

“Heureux/heureuse” are one of multiple ways to say “happy” in French. The words “ce que” means “what” and are an indefinite relative pronoun.

Et les yeux dans les yeux, Et la main dans la main

These two lines translate to “And eyes in eyes, And hand in hand”. The word for “eye” in French is interesting as “un oeil” means “an eye” and “les yeux” means “eyes”. The page explores the complete list of French body parts.

Ils s’en vont amoureux, Sans peur du lendemain

These two lines translate to “They go in love, Without fear of tomorrow”. The reflexive verb “s’en aller” means “to go”, “to go way” and “to leave”. This page covers aller (to go) in detail.

The noun peur means fear. Whilelendemain translates to “the next day”, we translated it loosely to “tomorrow”, which is really “demain”.

Oui, mais moi, je vais seule, Par les rues, l’âme en peine

These lines translate to “Yes, but me, I go alone, In the streets, a lost soul”. The adjective seule(e) means “alone” and adverb “seulement” means only. The preposition par means “by” but can also translate to “via” or “in”.

The noun “âme” means “soul” and “peine” means “sorrow” or “pain”. The entire expression, âme en peine means “lost soul”.

Car personne ne m’aime

This line translates to “because nobody loves me”. “Car” is a literary way of saying “because” in French. “Personne” means “nobody” or “anybody”. and is a French negation. “Je ne vois personne”, for example, means “I don’t see anybody.

Mes jours, comme mes nuits, Sont en tous points pareils

These two lines translate to “But days, like nights, Are all the same”. The sentence, “Les jours et les nuits sont des points pareils”. The relative pronoun en replaces “des points pareils”. There are two ways to say “same” in French: “pareil” and “même“.

Sans joies et pleins d’ennuis

This line translates to “Without joy and full of boredom”. The preposition “sans” means without and noun “joie” means “joy”. The noun ennui has multiple meanings including “trouble”, “problem” and “boredom”.

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Personne ne murmure : “Je t’aime” à mon oreille

These two lines translate to “Nobody whispers to me: “I love you” in my ear”. The verb murmurer means “to murmur” or “to whisper”. “I love you” in French is Je t’aime.

Font ensemble des projets d’avenir

This line translates to “Make plans together for the future”. “Font” is the third-person plural (ils/elles) form of faire” (to make, to do). The expression, “faire des projets” means “to make plans”. The noun projet means both “project” and “plan” in French. There are two ways to say “future” in French: “l’avenir” and “le futur”.

Savent très bien ce qu’aimer veut dire

This line translates to “Know very well what ‘to love’ means”. The expression “vouloir dire” translates literally to “to want to say” but really means, “to mean”. For example, “Que veut dire + noun?” translates to “What does noun mean?”. This page covers the verb vouloir (to want) in detail.

Quand donc pour moi brillera le soleil ?

This line translate to “When therefore will the sun shine for me?”. This page explores the two ways to say “when” in French: “quand” and “lorsque”. “Brillera” is the future tense of the verb “briller” to shine. Donc translates to “therefore” or “thus”.

Comme les garçons et les filles de mon âge

This line translates to “Like the boys and girls my age”. The French word comme translates to both “like” and “just like” and “just as”.

Connaîtrais-je bientôt ce qu’est l’amour ?

This line translates to “Will I soon know what love is?”. “Connaîtrais-je” is the inversion form of the question “Est-ce que je Connaîtrais?. The literal translation of “connaîtrais” is “I would know”. This is in the conditional (would) tense. However, we translate it to “will know” as this better fits the context of the lyrics.

Je me demande quand viendra le jour

This line translates to “I wonder when the day will come”. The verbdemander means to ask. In the reflexive form, “se demander” it means “to wonder”. “Viendra” is the future tense of venir (to come).

Où les yeux dans ses yeux

This line translates to “When eyes in eyes”. The wordtranslates to both “where” and “when”. In the context of a relative pronoun, for example “the day when”, “où” is used. For example, “Le jour où nous nous sommes mariés” (they day when we got married).

J’aurai le cœur heureux

This line translates to “I’ll have a happy heart”. “Aurai” means “will have” and is the future tense of the verb avoir” (to have).

Le jour où je n’aurai, Plus du tout l’âme en peine

These two line translate to “The day when I will no longer have, A lost soul”. The negation form “ne + verb + plus” means “to no longer”. For example, “Je ne mange plus le fromage” means “I no longer eat cheese” or “I don’t eat cheese anymore”.

Le jour où moi aussi, J’aurai quelqu’un qui m’aime

These two lines translate to “The day when I too, Will have somebody who loves me”. The word “moi” means “me” and the “m'” can translate to “to me”, “at me” or simply “me”. This page explores the various ways of saying “me” in French.

Françoise Hardy
Françoise Hardy: Joost Evers / Anefo, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles French Lyrics & English Translation

Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Se promènent par les rues deux par deux
Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Savent bien ce que c’est qu’être heureux

All the boys and girls my age
Walk in the streets two by two
All the boys and girls my age
Know what it is to be happy

Et les yeux dans les yeux
Et la main dans la main
Ils s’en vont amoureux
Sans peur du lendemain

And eyes in eyes
And hand in hand
They go in love
Without fear of tomorrow

Oui, mais moi, je vais seule
Par les rues, l’âme en peine
Oui, mais moi, je vais seule
Car personne ne m’aime
Mes jours, comme mes nuits
Sont en tous points pareils
Sans joies et pleins d’ennuis
Personne ne murmure :
“Je t’aime” à mon oreille

Yes, but me, I go alone
In the streets, a lost soul
Yes, but me, I go alone
Because nobody loves me
But days, like nights
Are all the same
Without joy and full of boredom
Nobody whispers to me:
“I love you” in my ear

Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Font ensemble des projets d’avenir
Tous les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Savent très bien ce qu’aimer veut dire

All the boys and girls my age
Make plans together for the future
All the boy and girls my age
Know very well what “to love” means

Et les yeux dans les yeux
Et la main dans la main
Ils s’en vont amoureux
Sans peur du lendemain

And eyes in eyes
And hand in hand
They go in love
Without fear of tomorrow

Oui, mais moi, je vais seule
Par les rues, l’âme en peine
Oui, mais moi, je vais seule
Car personne ne m’aime
Mes jours, comme mes nuits
Sont en tous points pareils
Sans joies et pleins d’ennuis
Quand donc pour moi brillera le soleil ?

Yes, but me, I go alone
In the streets, a lost soul
Yes, but me, I go alone
Because nobody loves me
But days, like nights
Are all the same
Without joy and full of boredom
When therefore will the sun shine for me?

Comme les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Connaîtrais-je bientôt ce qu’est l’amour ?
Comme les garçons et les filles de mon âge
Je me demande quand viendra le jour

Like the boys and girls my age
Will I soon know what love is?
Like the boys and girls my age
I wonder when the day will come

Où les yeux dans ses yeux
Et la main dans sa main
J’aurai le cœur heureux
Sans peur du lendemain
Le jour où je n’aurai
Plus du tout l’âme en peine
Le jour où moi aussi
J’aurai quelqu’un qui m’aime

When eyes in eyes
And hand in hand
I’ll have a happy heart
Without fear of tomorrow
The day when I will no longer have
A lost soul
The day when I too
Will have somebody who loves me

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