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  •  So here's the rather unfunny context. (4+ / 0-)

    Barbara was a very famous French singer who became popular in the 60s and 70s.  In the 1980s, when the AIDS crisis struck, she immediately leapt into the fight against the disease.  She got permission to sing in prisons, where she would bring doctors to educate the inmates about HIV transmission.  When many AIDS patients were lying abandoned in hospitals where even medical personnel were afraid to touch them, Barbara would visit to hold their hands and provide them company.

    In 1987, she wrote a song about AIDS entitled Sid'amour à mort.  (SIDA is the French abbreviation for AIDS.)  Before performing it, she would tell the audience:

    Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite.
    Which means in English:  "This is a song I wish I'd never written."  Sometimes, as in the YouTube video, she'd substitute "jamais" (never) for "pas."  In other words, she was just wishing she'd never had to write the song at all.

    As a person living with HIV, the song has a special resonance for me.  And the quote could be applied to my own experience with the disease, because that, too, is a song I wish I had never written.

    So now you have the whole story.  Hope you don't feel like you've bitten off more than you could chew.  ;-)

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Wed May 22, 2013 at 07:27:41 PM PDT

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