Charlotte Gainsbourg: Heaven Can Wait

Recent Posts

Die Grünen hybrider Kongress 2021

Hybrid courses

In the summer of 2021, I had the pleasure of attending a hybrid congress in Berlin: Die Grünen were kicking off their election campaign. The

Read More »


It’s the end of summer, we’re back home from long days in the sun and on the water, and it’s back to classes and many

Read More »

Talk at BESIG 2021 for Cornelsen

Managing your hybrid course with Cornelsen’s Basis for Business Summary This 30-minute talk aimed to give Business English trainers an overview of lessons learned in

Read More »

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg,  won best actress Cannes 2009 for Lars van Trier’s totally horrifying “Antichrist” after having gone through brain surgery (9/2007). These doubtlessly destabilizing experiences have gone into her collaboration with Beck on her album IRM. The “Heaven can wait” song video (Keith Schofield) gives us “the dregs of the world”, the freaks noone wants: guys with a nacho bomb; a pancake monster; a gangster in a lousy Sponge Bob costume; a man being chased by an axe with a mind of its own. Nothing and noone you’d want to meet in your dreams. Thank you, Ms. Gainsbourg and Beck, for a dark, experimental, gorgeous album.

sediment that has settled at the bottom of a liquid (e.g. dregs of wine); residue or remains; British slang: a despicable person


She’s sliding, she’s sliding down to the dregs of the world
She’s fighting, she’s fighting the urge to make sand out of pearls

Heaven can wait and hell’s too far to go
Somewhere between what you need and what you know
And they’re trying to drive the escalator into the ground

She’s hiding, she’s hiding on a battleship of baggage and bones
There’s thunder, there’s lightning in an avalanche of faces you know


You left your credentials in a greyhound station
with a first aid kit and a flashlight
Going to a desert unknown

CHORUS interview

PS: If you decide to buy the album, get the deluxe edition on iTunes for the interesting interviews with Charlotte and Beck.

song of the week 🙂 englisch lernen mit liedern


4 Responses

  1. Hi Anne,

    nice song.

    You came to my place, now I visit yours 😉 Daß jemand wie Du sich in unser Blog verirrt, finde ich schon bemerkenswert und freue mich darüber, denn wir sind ja für alle offen und auch selber sehr unterschiedliche Menschen. Christian (für förmliche Menschen: Dr. Klotz), der Dir anscheinend zugesagt hat, ist ab 1. März wieder “im Dienst”, fliegt aber schon am 17. nach Indien und Nepal. Wir hoffen sehr, daß er a) gut zurückkommt und b) genug Material da läßt 🙂

    Muß mir jetzt nochmal die Nummer der jungen Gainsbourg anhören – vielleicht treffen wir uns ja wieder in Deinem oder unserem Blog (oder gar in München, wir sind ja nur 1,3 Millionen … *g*)

    Beste Grüße

  2. Hi Frank,
    und willkommen, habe Dein/Euer Blog beim Fragezeichner gefunden. Und das ist ja auch das nette an diesem Internet. Denker sind mir immer lieb.
    Gut schreib,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *