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NormanH

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In the middle of all the gloom and aggression in both France and the UK at the moment younger group make me joyful with the mastery of at least 3 languages and their 'joie de vivre'

Perhaps the European dream isn't dead. Certainly this song speaks of the courage to rebuild!

Je suis tout triste

Wenn du nicht da bist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJTX7lsvgX4

Là-haut sur la montagne, l'était un vieux chalet.

Murs blancs, toit de bardeaux,

Devant la porte un vieux bouleau.

Là-haut sur la montagne, l'était un vieux chalet

Là-haut sur la montagne, croula le vieux chalet

La neige et les rochers

S'étaient unis pour l'arracher

Là-haut sur la montagne, croula le vieux chalet

Là-haut sur la montagne, quand Jean vint au chalet

Pleura de tout son cœur

Sur les débris de son bonheur

Là-haut sur la montagne, quand Jean vint au chalet

Là-haut sur la montagne, l'est un nouveau chalet

Car Jean d'un cœur vaillant

L'a rebâti plus beau qu'avant

Là-haut sur la montagne, l'est un nouveau chalet.

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Awesome.

It reminded me of when I sang in the choir at Christ's Hospital School many years ago.

Also of one evening around November 2001 when I went to a packed choral evening at Chichester Cathedral. The top of every pillar had lit tea lights. As the evening drew to a close the choristers walked very slowly down the aisle to a beautiful piece of music (Barber Agnus Dei) holding their lit candles, each one extinguishing their candle, their voice lowered to just an echo as they disappeared into the darkness behind the alter, until the only light in the cathedral was that of the flickering tea lights atop the pillars. It was surreal, everyone was mesmerised. It was an experience I shall never forget. Mrs KG
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