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"La Mer"
Artist
Charles Trenet
Released
1946
Heard/referenced in
Songfacts entry

"La mer", a song written by French lyricist Charles Trenet (1913-2001), is the basis for the popular song "Beyond the Sea."

The English lyric was written by Jack Lawrence. It has been recorded by many singers, but Bobby Darin's version is the best-known.

It is claimed that Trenet wrote the song, together with Leo Chauliac, while riding a train in 1943. It was not until 1946 that he actually recorded the song, however.

It was featured in the opening credits to L.A. Story. The English version of the song featured prominently in the X-Files Season 1, Episode 12, also named "Beyond the Sea". The end credits for the French version of Finding Nemo actually contain "Beyond The Sea." See Amazon France copy of soundtrack.

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Shannon singing "La Mer"

In "Whatever the Case May Be", Sayid asks a reluctant Shannon to translate notes made in the map by Danielle Rousseau. Shannon recognizes the song as the ending theme to the "computer-animated fish movie" that Philippe's son Laurent replayed over and over (Finding Nemo). The notes turn out to be the lyrics of this song. Since it is a popular French song that was first recorded in the 1940s, Danielle Rousseau was probably familiar with it since childhood.

Trivia

  • "La Mer" is one of three examples in the series where a diegetic song (originating from within a story and heard by the characters) is incorporated into the musical score, thereby becoming non-diegetic. After Shannon is heard singing the song, it is played by the piano through the end of the episode. The other examples of this scoring technique are "Shambala" and "Downtown".

Lyrics in French with translation

Des reflets changeants
Sous la pluie
La mer
Au ciel d'été confond
Ses blancs moutons
Avec les anges si purs
La mer,
bergère d'azur infinie.
Voyez
Près des étangs
Ces grands roseaux mouillés.
Voyez
Ces oiseaux blancs

La mer
The Sea
Qu'on voit danser le long des golfes clairs
That one sees dancing along the clear gulfs
A des reflets d'argent
Has silver reflections
La mer
The Sea
Des reflets changeants
Changing reflections
Sous la pluie
Under the rain

La mer
The Sea
Au ciel d'été confond
In the summer sky merge
Ses blancs moutons
Its white sheep
Avec les anges si purs
With such pure angels
La mer bergère d'azur
The sea, shepherdess of azure
Infinie
Infinite

Voyez
See
Près des étangs
Close to the ponds
Ces grands roseaux mouillés
These large wet reeds
Voyez
See
Ces oiseaux blancs
These white birds
Et ces maisons rouillées
And these rusted houses

La mer
The Sea
Les a bercés
Has rocked them
Le long des golfes clairs
Along the clear gulfs
Et d'une chanson d'amour
And with a song of love
La mer
The Sea
A bercé mon cœur pour la vie
Has soothed my heart for life

Lyrics for "Beyond the Sea"

Somewhere beyond the sea,
Somewhere, waiting for me,
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailing;

Somewhere beyond the sea,
He's (She's) there watching for me.
If I could fly like birds on high,
Then straight to his (her) arms I'd go sailing.

It's far beyond a star,
It's near beyond the moon,
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon.

We'll meet beyond the shore,
We'll kiss just as before.
Happy we'll be beyond the sea,
And never again I'll go sailing

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