Catalan indie group Manel tends to feature middle-class characters in everyday settings, aggrandized by heroic or mock-heroic balladry. This song is no exception--it's just about going to the beach with a friend or loved one.
See Manel's live version with choir at the Palau.
Our version is a little downtempo and slightly maudlin, hope it doesn't dampen too much your summer festivities.
|Tu i jo hem sopat en bons restaurants,
tu i jo hem ballat a la llum dâ€™un fanal,
tu i jo volavem en un Ford Fiesta groc,
tu i jo hem cantat a la vora del foc,
tu i jo hem buscat coses similars,
tu i jo hem tingut el cap ple de pardals,
tu i jo dalt de la nÃ²ria,
tu i jo i la nostra histÃ²ria,
perÃ² tu i jo no ens hem banyat mai al mar, al mar, al mar.
Plantem les tovalloles, convido a un gelat,
AixÃ doncs si un dia vens i passes per aquÃ,
|You and I have dined in good restaurants,
You and I have danced by a hurricane lamp,
You and I have flown in a yellow Ford Fiesta,
You and I have sung at the edge of the fire,
You and I have searched for similar things,
You and I have flipped our lids,
You and I above the quarry,
You and I and our story,
But you and I haven't ever bathed in the sea, the sea, the sea.
We put down the towels, I buy an ice cream,
So if one summer day you pass by,
Graham: vocals, bass, keyboards, translation, sea samples
Kelly: vocals, pirate vocals, guitars
recorded in August 2011 in Barcelona