Shagreen

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Cette chanson a été inspirée par le célèbre roman fantastique de Honoré de Balzac “La peau de chagrin”, publié en 1831.
“Un matin de 1832, ruiné par le jeu, Raphaël de Valentin est sur le point de se jeter dans la Seine pour mettre fin à une vie qu'il juge ratée. Quelques mois auparavant, il rêvait encore que l'œuvre qu'il écrivait lui apporterait gloire, argent et reconnaissance.
Un étrange antiquaire lui propose alors une peau de chagrin (peau d’onagre) capable d'exaucer ses vœux.
En contrepartie, cette dernière rétrécit à chaque fois, le rapprochant peu à peu de son dernier souffle.”

This song was inspired by ''La peau de chagrin", the famous fantasy novel written by Honoré de Balzac in 1831.
" One morning in 1832, ruined by gambling, Raphael de Valentin is about to jump into the Seine to put an end to a life he considers to be a failure. A few months earlier, he still dreamed that the work he had written would bring him fame, money and recognition. A strange antique dealer then offers him a magic skin able to grant all his wishes. However, the latter shrinks each time one wish is granted, gradually bringing him closer to his last breath."

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SHAGREEN

I only believed in me full of certainties and pride
Cause my wit would turn my life into one easier ride
I had spent so much time writin' my reference work
I even forgot to eat maybe was I too broke ?
Was so sure I'd mesmerize every single one
But no publisher cared so I'd remain unknown
Clearly understood my gift would never bring me fame
So it was time for me to die end of the game
I begged an antique dealer to buy a loaded gun
Instead he offered me a deal with no return
He gave me a charm a magic piece of skin 
My every wish would be fulfilled in a twinklin'
But it came at a cost since the die was cast
After each wish the skin would shrink so would mine

If I rub the magic piece of shagreen 
My every desire'll be granted
Won't be sad any longer
Cause money is the answer
Will my life be better ?
Will she love me forever ?
Can I buy myself a dream ?
Stop being and appearing
My body falls little by little
If I rub the magic piece of shagreen 
My every desire'll be granted
Won't be sad any longer
Cause money is the answer
Will my life be better ?
Will she love me forever ?
Can I buy myself a dream ?
Stop being and appearing
My body falls apart

Thus began the fury tale since the deal had been sealed
But sores remained open though many lives I lived
Didn't wanna be hurt in my little time left
Money couldn't buy love my clock was tickin' fast
Hopin' for a soft lull I wandered aimlessly
As luck would have it met the one such perfect chemistry
One last wish this was it too skinny was my skin
She would live a full life my end was comin'
Cause all came at a cost when the die was cast
After each wish the skin had shrunk so had mine

If I rub the magic piece of shagreen 
My every desire'll be granted
Won't be sad any longer
Cause money is the answer
Will my life be better ?
Will she love me forever ?
Can I buy myself a dream ?
Stop being and appearing
My body falls little by little
If I rub the magic piece of shagreen 
My every desire'll be granted
Won't be sad any longer
Cause money is the answer
Will my life be better ?
Will she love me forever ?
Can I buy myself a dream ?
Stop being and appearing
My body falls apart

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from VIRTUAL HUMAN, released September 2, 2019
Auteur: J.Nigou - Compositeur: C.Affre
Arrangements: P.Wyrembski, J.Tokarz

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ORION Narbonne, France

Orion is a French progressive rock band founded in 1975 in Meaux (France) by Patrick Wyrembski, Laurent Delenne and Janusz Tokarz. They are influenced, by their own admission, by Gentle Giant, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Camel and Caravan.The Orion group returns to the forefront of the progressive rock scene in 2013 . ... more

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