I listened to this song by a Belgian hip-hop/electronic artist named Stromae today, and although he wrote his song, Papaoutai, about 20 years and 6,000 miles from the Pacific Northwest where the lead singer of Everclear, Art Alexakis, penned a similar song with almost the same refrain, Father of Mine.
I wasn’t sure how to pronouce Papaoutai until I listened to the song and heard him pronounce it himself, and it actually sounds like he’s saying, “Papa, où t’es?”, French for “Dad, where are ya?” (Correct me if I’m wrong, Francophones). This is just like Art is asking in Father of Mine: Father of mine, tell me where have you been, you know I just close my eyes, my whole word disappears. Father of mine, take me back to the day, yea when I was still your golden boy back before you went away…”
Okay, I’ll stop. For some reason that was one of my favorite songs when I was nine, even though I usually had an idea of where my dad was, unless he was out and about scouring the streets of New York City to find the exact location where Bob Dylan once inhaled oxygen…
Two important things before I end this post:
1. Stromae is verlan for maestro, a title of extreme respect for a musician in Italian.
2. The kid in the Everclear video is Beans from Even Stevens.
Man, Everclear is the best!