Champagne Taste

Ertha Kitt らしいパフォーマンス。貴方に私は高嶺の花なのよと、男をおちょくっている。“champagne taste on a beer budget” は、ビールしか買えないのにシャンぺンの趣味ということから、「身の丈に合わない趣味」という熟語にもなっている。


champagne の英語読みは、/ʃæmpéɪn/ である。アルフレッド・ヒッチコックの英国時代の作品に “Champagne”(1928) があるが、わざわざフランス語読みで『シャンパーニュ』としているのは、訳がわからない。その点、ヒッチコック=トリュフォーの翻訳である『映画術』はちゃんと、『シャンペン』と訳している。


Godiva 夫人の名前は、チョコレートのブランドになっていて「ゴディバ」と読んでいるが、英語は /gəda̍ɪvə/ である。Arpège は、Lanvin の香水のことだと思う。”Breakfast at Tiffany’s” とか、”Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” が引用されているのはよいだろう。zircon は模造ダイヤ、the real McCoy は本物のこと。





Do you want to take me cruising on an ocean liner to places I looooooong to see?


Well, with my champagne taste and your beer bottle pockets, don't forget to write me when you get there in your row-boat when you've paddled across the sea without me.


Do you see us dining on caviar and pheasant with decedents of royalty?
Well with my champagne taste and your beer bottle pockets, I'll be having pheasant while you're dining with the peasants Dunking donuts in a diner without me.


You said you have ambition to make my dream come true. Well brother,  you just keep right on wishing and all of my dreams will come true... without you.


Do you see me in a Jaguar with all the accessories and one of those accessories is YOU? Well with my champagne taste and your beer bottle pockets, take back your Jaguar,  accessories, etcetera and drive back to your dreamland without me.

And if I wanted diamonds, you'd offer me breakfast at Tiffany’s and luncheons at Cartier's you'd recommend. Well with my champagne taste and your beer bottle pockets, you will have to work on something better than a zircon because your diamonds are this girl's worst friend.


You said you'd promise me anything to make my life a feasssssssst. You didn't give me anything, not even Arpège, you beassssssst!

And it wouldn't surprise me if a lady like Godiva had someone like you to give her the stole.

For with her champagne taste and your beer bottle pockets, when she couldn't get those dresses, she just let down all her tresses and forgot she was a lady after all.


So if you want me to become a part of your permanent employees before my champagne fizzles, come up with the real McCoy. Show me you can separate the MAN from the BOY and bring me a constant life of champagne taste... and JOY.