The Carousels of Paris

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The Carousels of Paris
Assemblage of found objects in billards ball rack, 2016
Music box, cast bronze, Indian stuffed toy, on collage
The tune the music box plays is Edith Piaf's signature song "je ne regrette rien" (song and translation below).
25 x 30 cm
I got the music box in Paris in 2014, and love the melody.
To me, it epitomises Paris, and I SO love their old carousels.
The alternative title "The Upside of Down" is for the manic highs that punctuate the depressed times.

  Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m'est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé !

Avec mes souvenirs
J'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux !

Balayées les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m'est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd'hui, ça commence avec toi
  No, nothing at all,
No! I don't regret anything
Not the good people have done for me
Not the bad, it's all the same to me.

No, nothing at all,
No! I don't regret anything
It's paid for, swept away, forgotten,
I couldn’t care less about the past

With my memories,
I lit up a fire
My troubles, my pleasures,
I don't need them anymore

Swept away my love stories,
and all their drama
Swept away for always,
I start again from zero

Non! Nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything,
Not the good people have done for me
Not the bad, it's all the same to me.

No, nothing at all,
No! I don't regret anything
Because my life, my joys
Today, they begin with you.


Dale's studio can be found at Puniho,
Surf Highway, Coastal Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her artwork, and the books she makes, can be found on her site at dalecopeland.co.nz.
email Dale at dale @ tart.co.nz (remove the spaces)


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