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Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Ballade de Melody Nelson

Summary

Jumping all the way to the end of the story in this second song from Melody Nelson, Serge looks back on his relationship with Melody, reveals that she was 14 they met, and informs us that she is now dead.

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Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Melody

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Driving dangerously through a dangerous neighbourhood in this first song from Melody Nelson, Serge becomes distracted in contemplation of the hood ornament on his Rolls — and then hits a red-headed cyclist named Melody Nelson.

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Confidentiel (1963) My faves

Scenic railway

Summary

Serge complains about his girlfriend’s obsession with rollercoasters.

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Du chant à la une (1958)

Ce mortel ennui

Summary

Serge complains of the horrible boredom that overtakes him between bouts of lovemaking with his goonish companion — yet finds himself unable to leave her.

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Du chant à la une (1958)

Le Poinçonneur des Lilas

Summary

A man employed as a ticket-puncher in the subway complains about his job, dreams of escape, and fantasizes about dying.

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Initials B. B. (1968)

Initials B. B.

Summary

Serge, in autofiction mode, recounts and memorializes his just-finished real-life love affair with Brigitte Bardot, aka B. B.

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Initials B. B. (1968)

Docteur Jekyll et monsieur Hyde

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In a retelling of Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Gainsbourg explains the process by which the Hyde triumphs over Jekyll: by being more fun.

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L'Étonnant Serge Gainsbourg (1961)

En relisant ta lettre

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Serge is reading a letter from a former lover, who is despondent and contemplating suicide. Rather than expressing any sympathy, he heartlessly corrects the letter’s spelling and grammar.

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Initials B. B. (1968)

Ford Mustang

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Serge and a date are “making tongues” in a Ford Mustang. Driving a little too fast on a French country road, they lose control and start pinballing between the trees that line either side of the road. As they smash and crash off trees to the left and right, the stuff in their car starts flying. These flying contents are enumerated.