Toreador Song

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The Toreador Song is the popular name for the aria Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre from the opera Carmen, composed by Georges Bizet to a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. It is sung by the bullfighter Escamillo as he enters in Act 2 (toréador is an old Spanish term for "bullfighter") and describes various situations in the bullring, the cheering of the crowds and the fame that comes with victory.

Elements of Toréador re-appear later in Carmen: of note Toréador, en garde, which follows shortly after Votre toast... in Act 2.

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Original french lyrics from Georges Bizet

Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre,
Señors, señors car avec les soldats
oui, les toréros, peuvent s'entendre;
Pour plaisirs, pour plaisirs,
ils ont les combats !
 
Le cirque est plein, c'est jour de fête !
Le cirque est plein du haut en bas;
Les spectateurs, perdent la tête,
Les spectateurs s'interpellent
À grand fracas !

Apostrophes, cris et tapage
Poussés jusques à la fureur !
Car c'est la fête du courage !
C'est la fête des gens de cœur !
Allons ! en garde !
Allons ! allons ! Ah !

(Refrain x2)
Toréador, en garde ! Toréador !
Toréador !
|: Et songe bien, oui,
 songe en combattant
Qu'un œil noir te regarde,
Et que l'amour t'attend,
Toréador, l'amour, l'amour t'attend ! :|

Tout d'un coup, on fait silence,
On fait silence… ah ! que se passe-t-il ?
Plus de cris, c'est l'instant !
Plus de cris, c'est l'instant !

Le taureau s'élance
en bondissant hors du toril !
Il s'élance ! Il entre, il frappe !…
 un cheval roule,
entraînant un picador,
"Ah ! Bravo ! Toro !" hurle la foule,
le taureau va... il vient...
il vient et frappe encore !

En secouant ses banderilles,
plein de fureur, il court !…
Le cirque est plein de sang !
On se sauve… on franchit les grilles !
C'est ton tour maintenant !
Allons ! en garde ! allons ! allons ! Ah !

(Refrin x2)
Toréador, en garde ! Toréador !
Toréador !
|: Et songe bien, oui, songe en combattant
Qu'un œil noir te regarde,
Et que l'amour t'attend,
Toréador, l'amour, l'amour t'attend ! :|

L'amour ! L'amour ! L'amour !
Toréador, Toréador, Toreador !

Stylized english version

Your toast, I quite have the standing,
Señores, to reply with great delight.
Yes, we Toreros have understanding
Of you soldiers, for our pleasures
are in the fight!

The ring is full, they’re celebrating!
The ring is full from top to ground;
The crowd goes mad, edgy from waiting,
breaking into noisy arguments
all around!

People shout, people yell and holler
With a din that tears the place apart!
They’re celebrating men of valor!
Celebrating the brave of heart!
Let's go! On guard!
Let's go! Ah!

(Chorus x2)
Toreador, on guard! Toreador!
 Toreador!
|: And, as you fight,
just think that from above
Dark eyes send down their regard
With promises of love,
Toreador, with promises of love! :|

All at once the crowd is hushing,
The crowd is hushing... Oh, what is happening?
No more shouts, this is it!
No more shouts, this is it!

Now the bull is rushing
as it bounds into the ring!
He is rushing in! He's charging!
A horse is falling,
Dragging down a picador.
"Ah! Bravo! Toro!" the crowd is calling,
The bull goes on... he comes...
he comes, charging once more!

Now with his banderillas flailing,
Across the blood-filled ring he runs,
he's full of rage!
People run... People climb the railing!
It's your turn for center stage!
Let's go! On guard! Let's go! Let's go! Ah!

(Chorus x2)
Toreador, on guard! Toreador!
 Toreador!
|: And, as you fight, just think that from above
Dark eyes send down their regard
With promises of love,
Toreador, with promises of love! :|

Love! Love! Love!
Toreador, Toreador, Toreador!

Literal translation

Your toast, I can give it back to you,
Señores, Señores,because with soldiers
yes, toreros can get along;
For the pleasures, for the pleasure
they fight!

The circus is full, it is a celebrating day!
The circus is full from top to ground;
The crowd goes mad,
the crowd is arguing
with great deal!

Apostrophes, shouts and noises
Push to the breaking point!
Because it is the celebration of courage!
It is the celebration of the braves of heart!
Let's go! On guard! Let's go!
Let's go!Ah!

(Chorus x2)
Toreador, on guard! Toreador!
 Toreador!
|: And think well , yes think
as you are fighting
that a dark eye is watching you,
and that love is waiting for you,
Toreador, love is waiting for you! :|

All at once, we are silent,
we are silent,... Oh, what is happening?
No more shouts, this is it!
No more shouts, this is it!

The bull is rushing
while jumping out of its fence!
He is rushing in! He's entering, hitting!
A horse is falling,
Dragging down a picador.
"Ah! Bravo! Toro!" the crowd is calling,
The bull goes on... he comes...
 he comes, hitting once more!

While shaking is banderillas ,
full of rage, he runs!..
the circus is full of blood !
We flee... we pass the gates!
It's your turn now!
Let's go! On guard! Let's go! Let's go! Ah!

(Chorus x2)
Toreador, on guard! Toreador!
Toreador!
|: And think well , yes think as you are fighting
that a dark eye is watching you,
and that love is waiting for you,
Toreador, love, love is waiting for you! :|

Love! Love! Love!
Toreador, Toreador, Toreador!

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