Il fait beau dans l’métro

February 19, 2007 at 10:31 pm 2 comments

A totally cheesy—yet compelling and addictive as crack—promo for the Montreal metro, circa 1976. Watch this once and tell me you don’t want to watch it again.

Here’s a rough translation of the lyrics. When they say “il fait beau dans l’métro” they more or less mean the weather’s nice in the metro. There’s no good English analogue, so I’ll go with “it’s beautiful in the metro.”

It’s beautiful in the metro
Everyone’s gay, everyone’s heart is sunny
It’s beautiful in the metro
The faster it goes, the more beautiful it sounds

It’s beautiful in the metro
There’s blue sky in the happy eyes of everyone
It’s beautiful in the metro
Because today, our metro is the most beautiful in the world

It’s beautiful in the metro
And on its little brother, the bus
It’s beautiful in the metro and on the bus
Can you say as much of your car?

Ha ha ha ha ha!

It’s beautiful in the metro
Our metro is the happiest
And even more: it sings!

Long live the metro and the bus!
Yes, it’s beautiful in the metro!

It works much better in French. In English, it comes across as really bad propaganda. The part about the metro singing no doubt refers to the three musical notes the power choppers on the MR-73 cars make as the train accelerates; you can hear these notes at the beginning and end of the song.

I have to say, though, these two images are disturbing:

metro-cult.jpg

Join us…

metro-girl.jpg

Okay, I’m done now… Let me out please. Hello?

Still, it’s catchy as hell. The point they’re trying to make is, no matter how bad the weather and/or traffic above ground, it’s always pleasant underground. I suppose the metro would be this much fun if I were really stoned and, like, lived in the 70s and hung out with bell-bottomed escapees from a touring production of Godspell.

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Entry filed under: 1970s, Montreal, nostalgia, urban life, YouTube.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jason67  |  February 20, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    WHOA!

    I’ve never seen anyone quite that happy to take public transit…

  • 2. Puck  |  February 20, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    It was the 70s. People were happier then. Plus, in 1976, everyone in Montreal had Olympic fever. This was, of course, before the city was saddled with the debt.

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