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Friday Song, Georges Brassens, FERNANDE (1972)

This week's Friday Song will be a great encouragement to those brave British patriots who fear that too great a proximity to Europe will corrupt and pollute our glorious culture. The story of Georges Brassens, and more specifically his song 'Fernande', is proof that across the English Channel,  a world exists that, in matters of taste and tolerance,  is a long, long way from our land of disapproval and the Daily Mail. Let's start with language. Never has national difference between Britain a and France been more perfectly exemplified than in the lyrics of 'Fernande'. Its chorus starts: 'Quand je...

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