Réveiller le monde is a song # 7 from Mylène Farmer’s seventh studio album, Point de Suture released on 20 August 2008
I found this very nice compilation of 2009 shows with a high quality sound. However, not to be confused – this song was never performed live.
“I’m not sure I want to wear this (revolutionary) hat… But I like the idea of revolution, of a people rising up. I like the mass movement. It’s a desire. sort of animal cry. Not a political message. A regrouping is an incredible force whereas sometimes the man in his individuality terrifies me.” (Mylène Farmer – ” Ouest France “- 07/05/2009)
As much as I agree with Mylene on the excitement of the mass movement, I am no less “terrified” of the herd power as I am sometimes by the distortion of one man. Although, of course, it all depends. Mylene had an awful experience at the dawn of her carrier with the disturbed “fan” who shut the receptionist at Polydor. No doubts, it scared her for life. But as far as fan’s movement in general – I am sure its a fuel that feeds her creativity for decades. That is why I am making my modest contribution into the uniting and educating fans: and its not only by admiring her photos but also going below the surface and seeing how much she is really offering under such an attractive “packaging”. There is a brilliant philosophical mind paired with an emotionally charged heart – lets not miss that! I beg of you! 🙏🧡
In case if you are wondering, I didn’t choose thins song for the July 14th this year as I found Désenchantée to be more indicative of the times and the most iconic song of all.
A possible religious reference in the text of this song. “I am a name / We are legion …” evokes the Gospel according to Mark in The Bible: “And, he asked him: What is your name? Legion is my name, he replied, because we are several.
Lyrics: Mylene Farmer. Music, arrangements, programming, keyboards and production: Laurent Boutonnat.
“Let’s move on to Réveiller le monde where I’m really going to be mean ….” (citegay.fr – 08/21/2008)
“We will quickly go to Réveiller le monde, which beat is strangely healing in the heyday of the new wave ” (dh.be – 08/21/2008)
“Perfect transition between cold and electronic titles, Réveiller le monde is to be classified in these two categories. The text, full of disillusions, oozing the lyricism of Paul Celan, calls for a tolerance more welded between men, and sounds like a call from the Self to some withdrawal from a chipped world, at the irreversible stage of agony. A tasty, very sweet with the old ghosts of Depeche Mode.” (discordance.fr – 08/24/2008
“We will remember a rather successful duo with Moby (Looking for my name), an unstoppable Je m’ennuie , a very dancing Sextonik (whose lyrics we will refrain from listening to as they are plan-plan) and a dispensable Réveiller le world .” (Last Hour – 08/25/2008)
“Third title, Je m’ennuie sums up our feeling even if we admit that compositions like Réveiller le world, Sextonik or C’est dans l’air and its chorus torpedo should soon to be a hit on the charts or on the dance floors. “. (Le Matin – 08/30/2008)
“For her seventh studio album, Mylène makes an electro pop turn. A metallic and airy sound concocted by Laurent Boutonnat serves as a backdrop for her angelic voice. Eager to wake up the world, she offers a collection of energetic tracks, far from his tortured image. “. (Here is – 09/08/2008)
“Sextonik, C’est dans l’air or Réveiller le world were clearly cut out to set fire to live.” (The Telegram – 09/11/2008)
In the conclusion of this rather short chapter, I would like to repeat myself (and those who read me consistently will forgive such notion) that Mylene is our Wake-up Call. All she does from the very get-go is trying to shake us up, wake up those of us who is willing to stop an unconscious existence and encourages us to live widely awaken. Living unconsciously is in my eyes the most dangerous thing. It is like winning a jackpot and throwing the ticket away.
By the way do you know who first introduced the concept of the “Unconscious”? I bet, you think Sigmund Freud was the first one. And no wonder that his portrait was in the beginning of Maman a tort. Even being so young back then Mylene and Laurent obviously highly regarded the father of the modern psychoanalysis.
You might be very surprised however that although Freud has contributed a great deal into the research of the subconscious mind, the very first mentioning of it was much-much earlier.
The term “unconscious” was first coined by the philosopher Friedrich Schelling in the late 18th-century and was later translated to English by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Schelling saw that art mediates between the natural and physical spheres insofar as, in artistic creation, the natural (or unconscious) and the spiritual (or conscious) productions are united. Naturalness and spirituality are explained as emerging from an original state of indifference, in which they were submerged in the yet-undeveloped Absolute, and as rising through a succession of steps of ever-higher order.
I see this cross-point as I call in Mylene’s art and her work consistently. Would not you agree?
While some doubt its existence for others the unconscious mind is considered to be a cornerstone of the psychoanalytic process. Within the unconscious mind is the processes believed to occur automatically in the mind. By definition, the use of the term unconscious suspends introspection about them, while including related behaviors, thought processes, memory, affect, and motivation.
Much of the current empirical research into the unconscious mind, or automatic thoughts strongly suggests that theorists such as Freud, Schelling, and Coleridge were on the mark in their inclusion of this phenomenon into the analytic lexicon.
With the names of more modern era thinkers attached to its ideology it would be easy to overlook the importance of the idea of the unconscious mind on the views of the world held by much of humankind. For some cultures it has served as a way of explaining ancient ideas of temptation, divine inspiration, and the predominant role of the gods in affecting motives, actions. evil, bad dreams, or other catastrophes of life.
Dating back to between 2500 and 600 BC the experience of the unconscious mind can be found in Hindu texts. Whatever name is attached to it, the idea of unspoken thought as an integral part of the functions of the mind continues to be important in the psychoanalytical world.
In the 21st century any definition of the unconscious mind must rely on language, and in particular the metaphor to be valid. There are so many words and phrases used interchangeably with the unconscious mind that one can easily lose track of what it is being must discussed. Among these words and phrases are:
I see a lot of “unconscious” or “subconscious” in Mylene’s lyrics. By the way, there is a slight difference between those two:
The subconscious is that part of consciousness that is not currently in focal awareness. The unconscious mind consists of the processes in the mind that occur automatically and are not available to introspection, and include thought processes, memory, affect, and motivation.
Of equal importance is to distinguish between unconscious process (psychoanalytic stimuli) and the unconscious mind (the reaction to that stimuli). Recent studies seem to support that while unconscious processes occur as though they were in a vacuum the human reaction to them is measurable and real. How is this explained? Let’s look at these three approaches.
Freud and the Unconscious Mind (Psychoanalysis):
Among the giants of psychoanalytic theory is Sigmund Freud. In his work Freud modeled the mind in a hierarchical manner. At the top is the Ego. Just below its surface lie two additional aspects of the mind the Id (one’s instincts) and the Super Ego. It is in the latter two realms that negative events are converted into unconscious thought with both symbolic and actual significance.
“For Freud, the unconscious was a repository for socially unacceptable ideas, wishes or desires, traumatic memories, and painful emotions put out of mind by the mechanism of psychological repression. However, the contents did not necessarily have to be solely negative. In the psychoanalytic view, the unconscious is a force that can only be recognized by its effects — it expresses itself in the symptom.”
It is from this psychoanalytical model that Freud argued that these thoughts were not accessible using introspection but required a more sophisticated and lengthy intervention – psychoanalysis.
Jung and the Collective Unconsciousness:
Building further on Freud’s concept, Carl Jung introduced two distinct sources of the unconscious. His first, personal unconsciousness did not differ much from Freud’s views in that individually we all encounter evens that are removed from our individual conscious memory and placed into our unconscious.
Where Jung took a different approach was in an area, he named the collective unconscious. It is here that he postulated that humans were the repositories for what he called Archetypes; Innate, universal and hereditary messages about how we experience our world. It is in the Archetypes that collectively we become groups and cultures.
Jung put no limit on the number of Archetypes available. Included are areas like:
- The Self
- The Shadow
- Gender roles
Lacan’s Linguistic Unconscious:
A major departure in psychoanalytical theory occurred with the works of Jacques Lacan. His psychoanalytic theory contends that the unconscious is structured like a language. As such, he introduced to many the idea that in the more modern, i.e., modern psychology, world the reliance on a strong traditional cognitive psychological component was over-emphasized. The structure of the unconscious is more linguistic than thought based.
Lucan seemed to be arguing that if we do not possess any symbols, words, or phrases to represent thought, there can be no thought.
This leaves us questioning some of the most basic tenants of psychoanalytic theory. As is often the case with many far-reaching issues, it seems that the discussions, research, and practices of psychoanalysis is circular. While Freud and Jung along with their disciples continue in their approaches and practices the later introduction of Lucan’s Linguistic Unconsciousness has only increased the knowledge base of this area of psychology.
In today’s 21st century one of the keys to moving forward seems to be adaptability, or to coin an old phrase “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” Our “baby” today is the unconscious mind. And while on the surface the differences between the theories of Freud, Jung, and Lucan may seem herculean, they are not.
They validate one another and even more importantly each one allows for increased interaction with the professional and the client during a therapy session.
In light of the advancements being continually made in psychoanalysis theory it is important that we do not lose sight of just how closely linked are the “pure” subconscious mind theories of Freud, the Archetypes of Jung, and Lucan’s linguistics to one another.
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lyrics with translations
Son être se fige
Les eaux qui souffrent en nous
Devant le souffle démon
De la soumission
Mettre en danger
Tous nos secrets
Ouvrir les portes
Si ce n’est vain
Réveiller le monde
Rêver d’un autre « été »
Être doit répondre
Révolus les mondes
Sans une révolution
J’appelle au grand nombre
Le droit d’aimer
C’est le tumulte, je peine
Je n’y vois plus
Que des anges aux pieds
Aux cœurs cousus
Je suis un nom
Et de lumière
Sur les pavés
Coule le ré
De nos prières
His being freezes
It is the abandonment
The waters that suffer in us
Before the demon breath
To put in danger
All our secrets
To open the doors
Diminish the darkness
If not in vain
To wake up the world
Dreaming of another "summer”
To be must answer
To awaken humanity
Gone are the worlds
Without a revolution
I call to the great number
The right to love
It is the tumult, I sorrow
I do not see there any more
Only angels with feet
With sewn hearts
I am a name
We are legion...
And of light
On the cobblestones
flows the R
Of our prayers