SYNTHETIC

On my desk, a bottle of perfume
When I was eighteen I accompanied my father on a trip to Paris
I tried Calèche at the Galeries Lafayette
I sniffed it on my sleeve on the way back
Now organic molecules are replaced by synthetic ones
Memories don’t have the same staying power anymore.

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Sur mon bureau une bouteille de parfum
A dix-huit ans j’ai accompagné mon père lors d’un voyage à Paris
J’ai essayé Calèche aux Galeries Lafayette
Je l’ai senti sur ma manche tout le chemin du retour
De nos jours, on remplace les molécules originales par des molécules synthétiques
Les souvenirs ne durent plus aussi longtemps.

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