A programme by Fondazione Mediterraneo to favour the mutual understanding through meetings, images and music
Text of the song
I saw the forests of Lebanon,
The Cedar trees motionless in the wind,
The mountain within reach of the sea,
History encrusted in the stones,
I saw churches in the open sky,
Bursting with song and sun,
Watching over the wines of Kafra
And the cross on the neck of Zeina.
I saw the houses deformed
By the passing shells of war,
The twisted streets that slip away
Licking the wounds of the city,
I saw Beyrouth on its knees,
Drowned in mud, rising up,
Re-flowering the land of battles
Under the high heels of Zeina.
Zeina, from the beaches of the isle of Saint-Louis
To the cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Près,
You have greetings from Paris,
A wink from the Champs-Elysées.
Christophe Andréani is a French author living in Paris. Passionate of texts that tell stories, he is a critical observer of his own behaviours. He participated to the writing workshops organised by Allain Leprest and Claude Lemesle. He is a song composer and enjoys working with other musicians and composers.