Beginning French 2002 Laurie Anderson

TrekBeginning French

Artis: Laurie Anderson

Album: Live in New York

Waktu rilis: 21-05-2002

Beginning French - Laurie Anderson

I've been doing a lot of concerts in French.

 

Unfortunately, I don't speak French.

 

I memorize it.

 

I mean, my mouth is moving but

I don't really understand what I'm saying.

 

It's like sitting at the breakfast table

and it's early in the morning and you're not quite awake.

And you're just sitting there eating cereal

and sort of staring at the writing on the box

 

And not reading it exactly,

just more or less looking at the words.

 

And suddenly, for some reason, you snap to attention,

and you realize that what

you're reading is what you're eating

 

but by then it's much too late.

 

After doing these concerts in French,

I usually had the temporary illusion that

I could actually speak French,

but as soon as I walked out on the street,

and someone asked me simple directions,

 

I realized I couldn't speak a single word.

 

So, as a result of this inadequacy,

 

I found that the people

I had the most rapport with were the babies.

And one of the things I noticed about

these babies was that they were apparently being used

as some kind of traffic testers.

 

Their mothers would be

pushing them along in their strollers

and they would come to a busy

street with lots of parked cars

 

and the mother can't see what the traffic

is like because of all the parked cars

so she just sort of edges the stroller out

into the street and cranes her head out afterwards.

 

And the most striking thing about this

is the expression on these babies' faces

 

as they sit there in the middle of traffic, stranded,

 

banging those little gavels they've all got

 

and they can't even speak English.

 

Do you know what I mean?

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