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68 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
Refrain: Ah ! que l'amour, etc.
"Croue-tu que ma fille est faite Pour te torcher le museau?" (bis) Ma fou6, je m'sentis Fair bete Que j'partis comme un nigaud.
Refrain: Ah ! que l'amour, etc.
There remains now to illustrate the expres­sion of comic spirit which I have qualified as Purple.
I am choosing as an example a song called UHdtel du No. 3. It is a modern song, a song of the Parisian Latin Quarter; it is a student's song. The comedy of the song is not based on any comic action nor on any comic accent. I used to call these songs Chansons immobiles, no gesture, hardly any coloration of the voice in­dicate the comedy. Their humor is in their words, their meaning, if you wish, in their double-meaning even.
The listener of the song shall not hear but see the raillery in your eyes; you will accen­tuate purposely the lack of accent in your voice. The interpreter has to appear, as we say in French, as a pince-sans-rire, a comique-h-froid








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