• The Opportunist

    Music & lyrics by Jacques Dutronc translated by Ey@el

    Original en français

    L'opportuniste

    I am all for communism,
    I am all for socialism,
    And for capitalism
    For I'm an opportunist.

    While some contest,
    Demand, and protest,
    The only thing I know
    Is how to change sides.
    I always stand
    On the safe side.

    I'm not afraid of free-riders
    Or even agitators,
    I trust the voters,
    And take the opportunity to make my pile.

    While some contest,
    Demand, and protest,
    The only thing I know
    Is how to change sides.
    I always stand
    On the safe side.

    I belong to all parties,
    I'm of all parts,
    Involved in all factions,
    I am the king of converts.

    While some contest,
    Demand, and protest,
    The only thing I know
    Is how to change sides.
    I always stand
    On the safe side.

    I cry “Long live the revolution”
    I cry “Long live the establishment”
    I cry “Long live the demonstrators”
    I cry “Long live the collaborators”

    I never contest,
    Neither demand nor protest,
    The only thing I know
    Is how to change sides.
    I always stand
    On the safe side.

    I've changed sides so often,
    My ground is falling apart.
    On the next revolution,
    I shall stand on my head.

    © Jacques Dutronc, 1968

    Translated from French by Ey@el
    © lapensinemutine.eklablog.com

    Endnotes

    • In the original lyrics, an idomatic expression is used for changing sides which literally would translate as “turning my coat inside-out”. On the last verse, the coat is falling apart so he says next time he'll turn his trousers inside-out.
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