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"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

Cousin
(Dee Shipman / Charles Aznavour)

HENRI

Cousin 
What have you really come here for? 
Is it to visit Paris or 
Maybe 
To save my soul, well it’s too late now! 

Cousin 
Go back and tell the family 
They’ll never change the man you see 
You see 
Nothing can alter what....is fated 

Just look at you and look at me 
We are akin but not the same....l 
I’m master of my destiny 
Are you as certain as you claim 
Of how your life is meant to be? 

So look at you and look at me 
Although we shared our childhood days....
Now 
All we’ve become keeps us apart 
You live your proper class mores 
While cousin I don’t give………. A fart! 

You come her knocking at my doors 
And dare to judge the way I am! 
Based only on whose child I was 
When you know nothing of the man!

Yes look at you and look at me 
What have you done since you were born ‘ 
You 
Who live confined inside your skin 
You’re a provincial noble’s spawn 
While here in Paris l….....am King! 

TAPIE

Cousin 
They’re shocked at home as rumours grow 
Perhaps we can discuss this openly? 
The problem now, I must confess is 
Cousin 
Your father rages and complains 
His son pours talent down the drains 
So he 
Can freely wallow in excesses 

Just look at you and look at me 
Though we’ve the same blood in our veins
Blue 
Blue as the sky above your head 
How many Mary Magdalenes 
Are sullied sleeping in your bed? 

So look at you and look at me 
We’re poles apart in heart and mind.
l…. 
Am faithful to my rank and wealth 
But blown by fashion’s every wind 
You constantly betray yourself 

This vulgar crowd is a disas – 
- ter to somebody of your name! 
They are so far beneath our class 
Better to drown them in the Seine! 

Yes look at you and look at me 
You can’t deny where you belong.
Just 
Remember Cousin what I’ve said 
Paris today may sing your song 
Tomorrow they could have..., your head 

BOTH 

So look at you and look at me 
We are akin but not the same....now 

HENRI 

I am rejected 

TAPIE 

No, I care 

BOTH 

Cousin our heritage and name 
Are now the only bonds we share 
Yes look at you and look at me 
We seemed alike in childhood days ....but 
How time can sever like a knife 

HENRI 

You live your proper noble way 

TAPIE 

While cousin you just wreck....your life 


HENRI 

You come here knocking at my doors 
And dare to judge and condescend 

TAPIE 

Oh no I only came because 
I was so worried for my friend 

BOTH 

Just look at you and look at me 
Nothing ever could replace..... 
True friendship we once held so dear 
Let’s melt the ice with an embrace 
Dear cousin I’m so glad...you’re....here. 











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