Stromae prepares for next leg of his tour
a look back at the oldest song he still performs
Stromae and his team will be on the road again in just a few days. They’ll kick off the 2015 leg of the Racine Carrée tour on March 15 in Austin, Texas. Rehearsals have begun!
Stromaeometre would like to wish them well for the Racine Carrée tour 2015 with a look back at the song “Je Cours,” (translation: “I Run”).
Stromae: Je Cours
J’espère que ça vous parlera. (I hope this will speak to you.)
~ Stromae, Leçon n°2 “Je cours…”
The earliest version of “Je Cours” was released in early 2009, making it the oldest song that Stromae still performs. Its themes of hitting the ground running, continuing to pound the pavement in the face of all life’s troubles and with no guarantee of the outcome, combine to make it a perennial choice for him.
The song first appeared in Stromae’s “Leçon n°2 ‘Je cours…’ “, which was published on YouTube on February 13, 2009. The lesson was filmed in the tiny studio in his bedroom where he still lived at home with his mother. Stromae tells us that the song “Je cours” is “a little bit more serious, it’s less funny, it’s a little bit less ‘second degree’ ” (in other words, less ironic) than the song in his first lesson, “Up Saw Liz.” (Set the video to full-screen mode to make the English subtitles visible.)
In October 2009, Stromae released his EP “Mixture Elecstro.” The EP was created in collaboration with DJ Psar and included a remixed version of “Je Cours.” The entire mixture can be heard on DJ Psar’s soundcloud, which includes a link to download it.
Here’s the “Elecstro” version of “Je Cours”:
Stromae reworked the song once again for the version that appeared on his 2010 album Cheese. The synth track is more melodic, the chorus was modified, and the vocal track is smoother, less of a rap. The official video for the song was released more than two years after the lesson, on March 5, 2011. It features Stromae endlessly running after an open-backed VW van in which his two musicians Yoshi Manuda and Simon LeSaint sit with keyboards in their laps night and day, impassively observing his struggle to keep up.
Here are some photos taken by Benjamin Brolet during the filming of the video for “Je Cours.”
In 2014, Stromae debuted a new extended remix of the song. It was added to the second half of the live version, which was played at the larger arena shows.
Translation of “Je Cours” presents some challenges. Among them is the fact that the lyrics as they appear on Stromae’s official website include an omission and a few apparent misspellings. I’ve tried to fill in the blanks by consulting other sources. Please leave a comment below with any input you have!
Ça y est je viens d’y naitre
J’sais pas ou je vais
ni ou j’suis
Mais tous veulent y être
Quelque part, là-bas dans la vie
Et la je veux y mettre le pas
Plus léger qu’dab
Chut, soudain ces vampes chantent
Donc je pars
Et je continue
Car ils nous mangent crunk
Je n’ai pas peur de la mort
En plus je n’ai pas de bol
Je brasserai des liasses
Mais c’est plus fort que moi
Et même mes pensées courent
That’s it, I was just born
I don’t know where I’m going
or where I am
But everyone wants to be here
Somewhere, over there in life
And I want to set my feet there
Lighter than usual
Shh, suddenly these seducers sing
So I’m leaving
And I continue
For they eat us crunk
I’m not afraid of death
Plus, I don’t have luck
I’ll handle bundles
But it’s stronger than me
And even my thoughts are running