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Bryan
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Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Hi all, I'm new to the forum and don't know if this topic or a similar one has already been addressed, but does anyone know the true lyrics to "Jenny Ondioline"? On all the online lyrics sites this song is incomplete and in some cases the lyrics there are clearly incorrect.

Even if no one knows the entire song I bet we have enough collective knowledge among us to piece it together bit by bit.

Here's my best take so far:

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Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
As in the city the republic.....
I think the brilliant past had dreams of realities to come
And as a decisive....haven't we lost

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin (collapsing?)
....to the system engenders rot

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
And the tensions have to be created (creative?)....

...profound a transformation in the country
....
Obviously once more it could be...
....

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin (collapsing?)
....so corrupt

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
And the tensions have to be created (creative?)....


Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
...
...
It was like taking candy from a baby

We got to keep the lift, hope, and struggle
Where is the lift, the hope, and the struggle?
Give me the strength the lift, hope, and struggle

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Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 23, 2011, 06:21


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deadlyfingers
deadlyfingers
1231 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Hello! Welcome!

Here's my best attempt at filling in the blanks:

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Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
As in the city the republic IS COLLAPSING AWAY
I think the brilliant CRUST'S HIDING SAD realities to come
And as a decisive MATTER OF BEING ARMED haven't we lost?

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE WHOLE ... TROUBLED system engenders rot

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
THE POTENTIALS have to be created, THERE'S NO TIME

THE ABSENCE OF profound transformation in the country
MAKE THEIR HOPES TURN SOUR IF OUR DREAMS ARE LET DOWN ...
Obviously once more WE could be ... CULTURING
A HABIT OF LOVE OR DON'T YOU GET TO REVOLUTIONARY

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE ... SYSTEM'S so corrupt

What is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
THE POTENTIALS have to be created THERE'S NO TIME

Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
OPPRESSIVE MALADY ...
THE HORRORS OF THE WAR WERE TO BE REPEATED ANYWAY
It was like taking candy from a baby

We got to keep the lift, hope, and struggle
Where is the lift, the hope, and the struggle?
Give me the strength the lift, hope, and struggle

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There are several different versions of this, of course, with some slight variations. I found the demo from "Eaten Horizons..." to be the easiest one to understand. Do you have a copy of that?

Mar 23, 2011, 07:43


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deadlyfingers
deadlyfingers
1231 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Upon further listening, I think that line might be:

"The portentous have been more creative, there's no doubt"

Mar 23, 2011, 17:17


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Bryan
4 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Thanks a lot for the feedback. I actually hadn't heard of Eaten Horizons until you mentioned it, and so last night I downloaded a copy (it is fantastic!). I agree with mostly everything you added although there are a couple points of disagreement.

For instance, the line "I think the brilliant crust's hiding sad realities to come" doesn't really make sense. What exactly is the "brilliant crust"? I don't think Laetitia would write a line that had no clear meaning. However, after listening to the Eaten Horizons version of the song, I can't help but hear "crust" every time, so until I can think of something better I will accept that lyric.

Anyway, after listening to the song some more I was able to fill in a few more gaps, so here is the new draft. Happy to discuss any disagreements anyone has with some of these changes.

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Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
As in the city the republic WAS collapsing away
I think the brilliant crust's hiding sad realities to come
And as a decisive matter of being armed, haven't we lost?

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE UNBEATABLE system engenders rot

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
BUT THE TENSIONS have to be created, there's no DOUBT

The absence of PROFOUNDER transformation in the country
Make their hopes turn sour if our dreams are let down...
Obviously once more we could be ... culturing (?)
A habit of love or don't you get to revolutionary

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE ILLEGITIMATE system, so corrupt

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
BUT THE TENSIONS have to be created there's no DOUBT

Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
Oppressive malady ...
The horrors of the war were to be repeated anyway
It was like taking candy from a baby

We got to keep the lift, hope, and struggle
Where is the lift, the hope, and the struggle?
Give me the strength the lift, hope, and struggle

Mar 24, 2011, 06:21


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Moka
7 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Reviving this thread. Had no idea the official lyrics are unknown.

Is there a french speaker on this forum? I think every site I've seen has the lyrics in the second verse wrong since half of them are being sung in french.

Apr 02, 2016, 10:20


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cyberpainter
cyberpainter
5992 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

There's a guy on this forum dcypher that does them and then shared them with koly's site. It's the most complete for all their albums, however no idea of accuracy. Stereolab has never confirmed lyrics that are not on their album covers as far as I know.

http://stereolab.koly.com/songs.php

Apr 02, 2016, 18:25


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DCypher2
107 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Hello, Indes I triés as n'est I could years ago to decipher these lyrics, it has been on my list of challenging lyrics to write down for 17 years!
I am glad that a real group effort is done to finally try and get a true grasp of this song.
Indeed there are a few French words in the second verse.
I will try and revisit the song and carefully listen to it with the new suggestions provided and let you know what I come up with.

Apr 03, 2016, 22:12


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matthew6
matthew6
1934 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

I like the fact that some of their lyrics are unintelligible/unknown. It adds a layer of mystery.

Apr 04, 2016, 10:52


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Cosmos Twins
Cosmos Twins
148 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Nice job and think I can help with a couple of gaps there. First though not sure there is any French as suggested elsewhere? And while I don't know if "brilliant crust' is actually correct (it certainly sounds like it) but it definitely sounds like a Laetitia idea, the juxtaposition of besuty and decay, spectacle and decadence, you know the score!

Anyway here goes:

2nd verse
...our dreams are let down IN IRONY
...once more it could be CULTURE INJURY

(tried getting that last one a LOT and don't honestly think it can be anything else)

Final verse (album)
Impressive malady, BEAUTY, A RUMOURED IDENTITY.

She also uses indubitable (and possibly, playfully, 'un'legitimate) instead of unbeatable/illegitimate in different versions.

CT

Bryan wrote:
Thanks a lot for the feedback. I actually hadn't heard of Eaten Horizons until you mentioned it, and so last night I downloaded a copy (it is fantastic!). I agree with mostly everything you added although there are a couple points of disagreement.

For instance, the line "I think the brilliant crust's hiding sad realities to come" doesn't really make sense. What exactly is the "brilliant crust"? I don't think Laetitia would write a line that had no clear meaning. However, after listening to the Eaten Horizons version of the song, I can't help but hear "crust" every time, so until I can think of something better I will accept that lyric.

Anyway, after listening to the song some more I was able to fill in a few more gaps, so here is the new draft. Happy to discuss any disagreements anyone has with some of these changes.

--------------------

Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
As in the city the republic WAS collapsing away
I think the brilliant crust's hiding sad realities to come
And as a decisive matter of being armed, haven't we lost?

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE UNBEATABLE system engenders rot

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
BUT THE TENSIONS have to be created, there's no DOUBT

The absence of PROFOUNDER transformation in the country
Make their hopes turn sour if our dreams are let down...
Obviously once more we could be ... culturing (?)
A habit of love or don't you get to revolutionary

I don't care if the fascists have to win
I don't care democracy's being fucked
I don't care socialism's full of sin
THE ILLEGITIMATE system, so corrupt

That what is exciting
The challenge, it's the new nation
BUT THE TENSIONS have to be created there's no DOUBT

Life on Earth is a bloody hazard it's a fact
Oppressive malady ...
The horrors of the war were to be repeated anyway
It was like taking candy from a baby

We got to keep the lift, hope, and struggle
Where is the lift, the hope, and the struggle?
Give me the strength the lift, hope, and struggle


Apr 05, 2016, 12:04


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greencrayon
27 posts

Re: Jenny Ondioline Lyrics?

Brought this up again because I wanted to share what Ive heard, as well as pairing some contexts suggested by other people.

Life on earth is a bloody hazard, its a fact.
As in the city the republic does cruel acts in their way
I think the grievance caused the insane realities to come
And lies a pretty sad same battle that went on havent we lost

I dont care the fascists have to win
I dont care democracys being fucked
I dont care socialisms collapsing
The immutable system engenders rot

But what is excitings
the challenge as the new nation
But the tensions happy but creative raise no doubt

The essence of the very transformation in the country
Had their hopes turn sour, their dreams are laid down in irony
Obviously, whats more it could be culture injury
How can I not, Oh, dont you get to the revolutionary

I dont care the fascists have to win
I dont care democracys being fucked
I dont care socialisms collapsing
The immutable system is so corrupt

But what is excitings
the challenge as the new nation
But the tensions happy but creative raise no doubt

Feb 14, 2018, 01:05

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