You’d think French is ubiquitous in Canada. Not the case. “Papaoutai” by Stromae is the first French song I’ve heard in a while…since discovering Mika’s “Elle me dit” over three years ago.
To be fair, I don’t listen to music in French that often. (Not that I remember much of what they taught us in high school.) Ironic though, that the only two French songs I listen to are about parents…
“Papaoutai” is a play on the phrase “Papa, ou t’es?” (which is pronounced exactly the same) meaning “Papa, where are you?” And the song is about the speaker trying to connect with an absentee father who is obsessed with work.
The music video is great in showing this, and is actually really poetic. The colours are kind of quirky, but the choreography is just amazing. After seeing the music video for the first time, I couldn’t stop replaying it…and I don’t know if it was for the song or the dancing.
Feeling ignored is such a relatable concept, it’s a wonder that it hasn’t become popular in North America yet.
Because, if Psy can make it here, shouldn’t Stromae?
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Featured image taken from “Papatouai” Music Video by Stromae.