You don’t forget

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(On n’ oublie rien)

Chorus 1:
You don’t forget the past
You don’t forget at all
You don’t forget, forget the past
You live with it,
That’s all!

You don’t forget all those good byes –
The crazy quest for bluer skies –
The crazy chase from place to place,
From hand to hand, from face to face.
You don’t forget the sleazy bars –
The smell of wine and cheap cigars –
The awful hangovers you’ve had
As daylight dawned, so grey and sad.

Chorus 2:
No there is no way to forget
No nothing helps you to forget
Within your memories you’re bound
As surely as the world is round!

Chorus 1

You don’t forget the games you played –
The words you spoke, the vows you made
Each time you swore you’d never part –
From broken heart to broken heart.
You don’t forget the one-night stands,
The hungry eyes the hungry hands
Of nameless strangers nameless men –
Who promised you you’d meet again

Chorus 2

Chorus 1

You don’t forget the unpaid debts,
The endless list of your regrets,
The endless reasons for your tears
Among your heaps of souvenirs.
You don’t forget the stately bed
Where you will lie when you are dead
And sometimes all you do is crave –
The peace and quiet of the grave!
No there is no way to forget
No nothing helps you to forget
That you’ll be six feet underground
As surely as the world is round!

Chorus 3:
You can’t escape your fate
You can’t escape at all
You can’t escape escape your fate
You live with it — that’s all!

Words and Music: Jacques Brel/ Gerard Jouannest/ Helen Austin
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music France/ Intersong/SDRM/SABAM