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The correct title of this song is Les copains d'abord. The title is displayed incorrectly due to technical restrictions.Georges Brassens
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This song is performed by Georges Brassens and appears on the album Les Copains D'Abord (1964).
This song has been covered by Cornu under the title "Les Copains D'Abord".

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Non ce n'était pas le radeau
De la Méduse, ce bateau
Qu'on se le dise au fond des ports,
Dise au fond des ports
Il naviguait en père peinard
Sur la grand'mare des canards
Et s'app'lait Les Copains d'abord,
Les Copains d'abord

Ses fluctuat nec mergitur,
C'était pas d'la littérature
N'en déplaise aux jeteurs de sorts,
Aux jeteurs de sorts
Son capitaine et ses mat'lots
N'étaient pas des enfants d'salauds
Mais des amis franco de port,
Des copains d'abord

C'étaient pas des amis de luxe
Des petits Castor et Pollux
Des genres de Sodome et Gomorrhe,
Sodome et Gomorrhe
C'étaient pas des amis choisis
Par Montaigne et La Boétie
Sur le ventre ils se tapaient fort,
Les copains d'abord

C'étaient pas des anges non plus
L'Évangile, ils l'avaient pas lu
Mais ils aimaient toutes voiles dehors,
Toutes voiles dehors
Jean-Pierre, Paul et compagnie,
C'était leur seul litanie
Leur credo, leur confiteor,
Aux copains d'abord

Au moindre coup de Trafalgar,
C'est l'amitié qui prenait le quart
C'est elle qui leur montrait le nord,
Leur montrait le nord
Et quand ils étaient en détresse,
Qu'leurs bras lançaient des S.O.S.
On aurait dit des sémaphores,
Les copains d'abord

Au rendez-vous des bons copains,
Il y avait pas souvent de lapins
Quand l'un d'entre eux manquait à bord,
C'est qu'il était mort
Oui mais jamais au grand jamais,
Son trou dans l'eau n'se refermait
Cent ans après, coquin de sort !
Il manquait encore

Des bateaux j'en ai pris beaucoup
Mais le seul qui ait tenu le coup
Qui n'ait jamais viré de bord
Mais viré de bord
Naviguait en père peinard
Sur la grand'mare des canards
Et s'app'lait Les Copains d'abord,
Les Copains d'abord

Des bateaux j'en ai pris beaucoup
Mais le seul qui ait tenu le coup
Qui n'ait jamais viré de bord
Mais viré de bord
Naviguait en père peinard
Sur la grand'mare des canards
Et s'app'lait Les Copains d'abord,
Les Copains d'abord!

English translationEdit

No, this wasn't the raft of the Medusa,
This boat of ours.
Let them tell each other that
Deep in the harbours and ports
It sailed along, taking it easy
On the big duck pond,
And they called it Friends First,
Friends first of all.

Its fluctuat nec mergitur
Were not exactly literature,
Begging the pardon of magicians and sorcerers,
Magicians and sorcerers.
The captain and his crew
Were not sons of bitches,
But mates, as good as you could get,
Best mates first of all.

They weren't high quality friends
Like Castor and Pollux
Or the guys of Sodom and Gomorrha,
Sodom and Gomorrha.
They weren't friends chosen
By Montaigne and La Boétie,
But they were mates and got on well together,
Friends first of all.

They weren't angels either,
They hadn't managed to get round to reading the gospel,
But in friendship they sailed towards each other in full rigging,
In full rigging.
Jean, Pierre, Paul and the rest,
And this was their only Litany,
Their Credo and their Confiteor,
Friends first of all.

At the slightest hint of Trafalgar,
It was friendship which took over the watch,
That was what gave them their bearings,
Gave them their bearings.
And when they were in distress,
And their arms signalled SOS,
You would have said they were signalling
"Friends first of all."

When the mates met up,
It wasn't often that one of them was missing,
If there was a gap, he must be dead,
He must be dead.
But never, absolutely never
Did the hole in the water close over him.
A hundred years later, would you believe it,
They would miss him still.

I've boarded a lot of boats
But the only one which really stayed on course,
Which never got on the wrong tack,
Never got on the wrong tack,
Sailed along, taking it easy
On the big duck pond,
They called it Friends First,
Friends First.

I've boarded a lot of boats
But the only one which really stayed on course,
Which never got on the wrong tack,
Never got on the wrong tack,
Sailed along, taking it easy
On the big duck pond,
They called it Friends First,
Friends First.

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