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Dominique

(deckers-dolce)

 

(chorus:)

"Dominique, nique, nique . . "
Sang that voice we knew so well,
Her story here I'll tell:
Such a sweet and sad refrain,
Jeanine Deckers was her name,
Jeanine Deckers was her name.

(verses)
Born in Belgium in the 'Fifties,
With a manner shy and hushed,
As a young girl at the Art School
Held a watercolour brush.


But she renounced all her possessions,
To the Convent she did go,
'Till the world saw 'Soeur Sourire'
On the 'Ed Sullivan Show'.

(repeat chorus)

Yes, in Nineteen Sixty-three,
'Dominique' was Number One,
To her Order, she donated
All the profits from the song.

She won a Grammy Award
For the year's Best Gospel Song.
She was called a 'one hit wonder',
She was called 'The Singing Nun'.

(repeat chorus)

Sudden fame took her by the hand
And led her into the deep,
So uncomfortable performing,
Tranquillisers helped her sleep.

(repeat chorus)

Soon she left her Convent tunic,
For modern clothes again,
And met dear Annie Pescher
Who became her lifelong friend.

She criticised the Church,
In a protest voice so bold,
When she wrote 'The Golden Pill'
Praising God for birth control!

(repeat chorus)

They built a school in Belgium
Where autistic kids could go,
But the Tax Department closed it
For a claim they said she owed.

Then in Nineteen Eighty-five,
Times were destitute and black,
Jeanine Decker and Annie Pescher
Made their suicidal pact.

(chorus:)
"Dominique, nique, nique . . "
Sang that voice we knew so well,
Her story here I'll tell:
Such a sweet and sad refrain,
Jeanine Deckers was her name,
Jeanine Deckers was her name.

"(Luc) Dominique, nique, nique
S'en allait tout simplement
Routier pauvre et chantant
En tous chemins, en tous lieux,
Elle ne parle que du bon Dieu,
Elle ne parle que du bon Dieu."

(Notes: The lyrics are sung to the original melody of 'Dominique' - the only change is that the verse length could be doubled before every chorus if desired. Also the French chorus can be alternated with the English translation for variety.)

For the original French lyrics and further Notes on St Dominic and the Albigensian Heresy

(Jeanine Deckers and Annie Pescher)

 

 

 


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