Gregory Lemarchal

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I was looking for what I thought was an English song , but the original was french and that´s the way I found out about Gregory Lemarchal.
[video=youtube;QncZJYjjnjA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QncZJYjjnjA[/video]
he sings about life and death and what makes it more special is that he suffered from cystic fibrosis and he knew he propably would die young.He didn´t really draw a good number in the big lottery in Universe.
But he did win a big competion in France ,Star Academy 4, that was 2004.
His lungs were affected by the disease and he was eating strong medicin.If he had been healthy I think he could have been a great dancer too.He did win a rockn´roll dancing competition when he was 12
[video=youtube;kY53VxNoUdw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY53VxNoUdw[/video]
 

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He was a singer who really felt what he sang.
[video=youtube;YH7BBIcVu9k]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH7BBIcVu9k[/video]
My french is very bad but I had to know what the lyrics was about

Marcia she dances on satin, on rayon
Hard expanded polystyrene at her feet
Marcia dances with her legs
Sharp like blades
Two arrows that give ideas
Sensations
Marcia she’s skinny
Lovely on stage as she is in life
Seeing her dance transforms me into a maniac

Moretto, how your lips
are huge when you smile
And when you laugh, I laugh too
You’re so in love with life
So what is this coldness then that one senses in you?

It’s death that has murdered you Marcia
It’s death that has consumed you, Marcia
It’s cancer you’ve taken under your wings
Now you’ve become ashes, ashes
Death, it’s like an impossible thing
And even for you, who are as strong as a rocket
And even for you, who are life itself, Marcia
It’s death that has taken you

Marcia dances a little like a Chinese
With warmth in her shoulders
Flat like a hieroglyph, an Inca of the opera

With the head, she also dances very well
And her face dances with all the rest
She looked for a new style
and created it

She’s the grasshopper
The siren sick with love
The dancer in flannel cotton
Or the cardboard paper

I don´t know if they could choose what songs they should sing in star academy.
Here´s a love song
[video=youtube;dpdSn6Ruxmk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpdSn6Ruxmk[/video]
 
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It´s only rehearsals, he close his eyes and really feels the song
[video=youtube;hPW3T16uymc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPW3T16uymc[/video]

I was watching the final on youtube recently but he didn´t sing that song and then I saw it says prime final.I don´t understand..it´s the same day and he has the same clothes as the final.
[video=youtube;CoX3guoZzvA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoX3guoZzvA[/video]
 

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Here is a link where you can read about cystic fibrose.
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cf/
"Lung function often starts to decline in early childhood in people who have CF. Over time, damage to the lungs can cause severe breathing problems. Respiratory failure is the most common cause of death in people who have CF."
Gregory got a diagnosis when he was less than a 2years old, I´ve seen comments at youtube from other persons with the disease and they are asking how was he able to sing.
He was really a fighter and he really lived , not just existed.
He was a prankster too and sometimes he was punished for it..
There is a better video for the song but this time I wanted to show what happened afterwards.
I understand Gregory had done something and now teacher wanted revenge
[video=youtube;jUnQJIm9fGg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUnQJIm9fGg[/video]

[video=youtube;W0ma4qBGSbs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ma4qBGSbs[/video]
 
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Over 70% voted for him in the semi final in Star Academy 4.
It was boys in the first semi final and girls in the second.
The girls are back ground singers here , they made a message together " vote for Gregory"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE0u5qXyyPA
They should sing duets with the winner in their semi final and probably wanted to sing with the best singer,
Here are the duets

 

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I think it´s a dream for a french singer to have a concert at Olympia.
Gregory didn´t have much time but he made it to the Olympia
[video=youtube;M3pmOlIBh7k]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3pmOlIBh7k[/video]

[video=youtube;4u03tbay4qI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u03tbay4qI[/video]
 

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I read that some radiostation in France didn´t want to plat Gregory´s third single because they thought it was too sad
Here he´s back at the star academy as a guest star , he´s coughing occasionally during the rehearsal because of his disease
[video=youtube;IIx9LUdyrKo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIx9LUdyrKo[/video]

He had to take antibiotics when he was doing concerts I guess he had to eat it when he was competing in Star Academy too, his lungs wasn´t good he really needed to avoid an infection.He took other medicins too every day .
Everyday he needed "Airway clearance to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs. Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends, or respiratory therapists"
He got treatment from his therapists before concerts and he didn´t cough
[video=youtube;lUKi39MERRM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUKi39MERRM[/video]
https://greatsong.net/PAROLES-GREGORY-LEMARCHAL,A-CORPS-PERDU,37718.html

These lyrics are just a google translation
Since nets hold us back
Since our reasons link us
Let nothing shine under our ramparts
And since one does not reach the sky
Unless you burn your wings
And follow the roads where you go astray
As a standard is erected
A corps perdu, drunk and without make-up
To be no longer the puppet of hope
And if life is only a lost cause
My soul is free to have finally believed
A Body Lost
Since the destinies are the same
Let all the ways bring us back
At the dawn of a new beginning
We do not learn anything from our mistakes
Unless you burn your heart
I will follow the roads
As a standard is erected
A corps perdu, drunk and without make-up
To be no longer the puppet of hope
And if life is only a lost cause
My soul is free to have finally believed
A Body Lost
A Body Lost
A corps perdu I will write my story
I will no longer be the puppet of chance
If all lives are lost causes
Men die of never believing
Not to have lived drunk and without make-up
Soldiers defeated for war without victory
And if my life is a lost cause
I will leave free to have at least raw
A Body Lost
 
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Yes it was sad that he died so young, two weeks before his 24th birthday.
He made this duet 30 march 2007 just one month before he died.
[video=youtube;c-vwMOfcIFc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-vwMOfcIFc[/video]
He went to the hospital a few days later
His lungs were so bad he needed to undergo a pulmonary transplant but they never found a donator in time to save his life.
From this year there is a new law in France now everyone is considered as future donors if they don´t say no in there lifetime.
10 years to late for Gregory but it can save other peoples life
[video=youtube;VnPC6kH4HMc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnPC6kH4HMc[/video]

Everything is new and everything is wild
Do not go
Free continent without roasting
Over there
Beautiful as you can not imagine
Do not go
Here, even our dreams are narrow
Over there
That's why I'm going there
Do not go
I was not given the choice

Over there
I lose myself if I stay there
Do not go
That's why I'm going there
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpShTwlmavY&list=WL&index=34
I don´t understand much but he mentioned work several times and I heard album and composer
I read in a comment that he said they ( he and his fans)maybe couldn´t see each other this year(2007)
"it may not be the TV but the thought".
And he wanted to make the best album possible.

He had written lyrics to more than 20 songs but had only finished 3 of them.
Je reve was released on an album 2 years after his death
[video=youtube;oJCdfH7B_Bo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJCdfH7B_Bo[/video]

I Dream

I dream of a calm earth
Where people balance their woes
I dream without false notes without crossings-out
I dream beyond injuries

I dream of a world that lifts itself up
To the middle of the field where we die
I dream that we can change the times
Run against the wind

It's been a while, when you think about it
That we would so love to have a chance
To change the things
To avoid exploding
We've been embracing for a long time
With the evils/words that leave traces

We've been dreaming for a long time of a world to protect us
We've been dreaming for a long time of a world to protect us

I dream of people who are waking up
In their little nest, they are amazed
I dream of a city that is not polluted
So that the air can circulate

I dream of a starry sky
Where the cons have been cleaned up
I dream that we can change the times
Run against the wind

It's been a while, when you think about it
That we would so love to have a chance
To change the things
That are forced upon us
To avoid exploding
We've been embracing for a long time
With the evils/words that leave traces

We've been dreaming for a long time of a world to protect us
We've been dreaming for a long time of a world to protect us
We've been dreaming for a long time of a world to save us


I didn´t understand the video first but then I learned also from a comment that these people in the video got a second chance.
They were alive thanks to organ transplant a chance that Gregory never got.
I read that it´s like a lottery to get new organs.

His parents started this https://association-gregorylemarchal.org/
This year they begin to build Gregory Lemarchal´s house for patients with cystic fibrosis.
They have done many other things too this was written in 2009

With your help association which bears the name of our son has already been able to finance many projects in the different centers of resources and skills
The best example being the complete renovation of the pneumology department of Foch Hospital in Suresnes
But other actions have been carried out (multimedia installation, creation of mother-infant rooms, improvement of hospital structures) and many others are underway or studied everywhere in France, notably in Paris

In 2009 the association also became involved in the collective gift of life to promote donations of blood, platelets, plasma and bone marrow. Theme chosen as a great national cause 2009 by the government
At the same time AGL finances a large research program on transplantation
 

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It's not hot outside
No one really smiles
Are we cold in
No one makes the slightest effort
Are we cold in our eyes?

Yet everywhere there is fire
I hear the sirens
The din and the cries
We get rid of everything
Everything for us had a price
And then we dive
With all the fire that gnaws at us
Who is gnawing us
Warming the planet
A gas with a festive effect
We feed the spark
Who crackles us in the hands
We are no longer afraid of anything
 

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[video=youtube;y_hOC4XgYcI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_hOC4XgYcI[/video]

You can see him with his family in the beginning ,and in the end when he walks out from the stage in olympia you can see his father
Such a loving family.
This year it´s 10 years since he died but also 10 years since his parents started association-GregoryLemarchal

Thanks to the Grégory Lemarchal Foundation, the South Hospital inaugurated yesterday its new Resource Center against cystic fibrosis. An amazing place that makes children forget where they are.

"Now he does not feel like coming to the hospital but rather going to Disneyland. He's even happy to be here, "says Mélodie, Timéo's mother. The little boy is sitting on a small yellow chair and watching an episode of Spiderman on a video player sitting on a table of the same color. The furniture is the opposite of the one you think you would find in a hospital.

In front of him, the wall is covered with a giant photo representing a heavenly place. The room is bathed in a soft light emanating from an artificial mini-sky. "It's so important that he feels good here because he comes often enough for things that are not always pleasant," says his mother

It is important for children to find themselves in a normal environment. That they move away from the hospital context to reassure themselves and that they feel safe, explains Laurence Lemarchal, the mother of Grégory. When they go into these new rooms, they can think of something else and feel better. "

There is a video in the middle of the page.
https://www.ouest-france.fr/bretagn...opital-soigner-ma-muco-je-vais-disney-5325653


I come to think of Michael and his wish for a childrens hospital
 

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In the Star Academy they had to write personal lyrics to a song.
I don´t know if they could chose the song.

[video=youtube;Wv8ogxuEjFU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv8ogxuEjFU[/video]

Despite all the pains of life
And all these fears to infinity
Despite all the tests that are necessary
For me, life remains a rose
A rose...
*
Towards this future I will look
With my weapons, I will fight
Only be able to afford it
To find my destiny

All the love of the Earth
What I was offered
Draws me smiles
For that I say thank you to my father, to my mother
Who drew me these smiles[


In this Gregory meet fans before the finale in Star Academy what I wanted to show is Gregory and his father singing together at 2:08 I think his father gives some advice , he´s a singer too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLuH118LPqo
 
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[video=youtube;XGcgve-n3NA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGcgve-n3NA[/video]

In star academy he sang it in a duet with Andrea Bocelli.
"Learn from the greatest".
It´s a pity that Gregory didn´t get more time on earth
 

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[video=youtube;H9MHiutljWo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9MHiutljWo[/video]
Tell me
What is this link that keeps me alive in this world
Reassure me
If the pains made us better
Tell me
What is this bond that keeps us alive in this world
Reassure me
If the pains made us better

I clench my fists again and I scream for tomorrow,
and I scream for tomorrow

This song was written for Gregory by Patrick Fiori and Julie Zenatti.
He was like Greg's older brother before, during and after Star Academy.
He´s still there for Gregory and the fight against cystic fibrosis

Patrick Fiori sang this song in a concert for Gregory in January 2017.Gregory´s former girlfriend is still there and Nikos the man from Star Academy
[video=youtube;BJQ9TTHf6C4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQ9TTHf6C4[/video]
Gregory is dead but the fight to end this f***** disease continues
I´ve read in comments that Gregory called it cette putain de maladie..translation is in the line above..
 

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[video=youtube;5wxU7iK92Xs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wxU7iK92Xs[/video]

In this song he wrote how he felt about living with cystic fibrosis.Translation is what it is.. but at least you can get a feeling about it.
I thought it was in this song he wrote the disease was like a

The song was dedicated to his girlfriend, she was there for him then and she´s still active in association Gregory Lemarchal even if she has a new family now.

Sometimes
I crack under the weight of hope
I sometimes go wrong
Sometimes
I have arrows planted in my heart
Pain, resentment

Sometimes
I laugh at nothing
I'm stupid because I love to
Sometimes
I go on being afraid
I am the thread of my mistakes

And very often ...

I'm getting up again
Under your eyes
I have dreams
Where everything goes well
I'm jostling myself
Take your hand
At dusk
I'll meet you

I'm getting up again
Under your eyes
I'm dreaming
Go further
I'm jostling myself
Take your hand
Twilight
Until morning

Sometimes
I bend under the weight of the spell
And suffering stuck to the body
Sometimes
I take shots in the back
Bullshit, word games

Sometimes
I regret the innocence
What can we have in our childhood
Sometimes
I want peace
For me, I have no more respect



And very often ...
I'm getting up again
Under your eyes
I have dreams
Where everything goes well
I'm jostling myself
Take your hand
At dusk
I'll meet you

I'm getting up again
Under your eyes
I have dreams
Where everything goes well
I'm jostling myself
Take your hand
Twilight
Until morning

Sometimes
I think wrongly
That no tears, it is to be strong
Basically what I'm waiting for
It's seeing the end of our efforts
May love be here again

According to his father Gregory didn´t want to talk about his disease in interviews he wanted to talk about himself as an artist, songs, music.Gregory said he was going to speak out about cystic fibrosis after the lung transplantation but he never got one.
He said he didn´t want anyone to die because of him..someone had to die if Gregory should survive but that person had died anyway. I think he was afraid that a dedicated fan would do something stupid.
 

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[video=youtube;O8j8Wr6Yr5E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8j8Wr6Yr5E[/video]
Restons Amis= Let´s stay friends
 

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Gregory asked his friend Patrick Fiori if it was a good idea to do the Star academy. Fiori answered go for it and if you win it`s good.
For Star Academy I read you had to be recommended by someone and Gregory was recommended by a friend.The producers wanted a male singer and called him.
Maybe it wasn´t good for his health- to live close to many people when he should avoid infections.
Fiori also said From the beginning, he's sick, but he never told me. And he never complained.
Gregory had to go to hospital several times 2004 -2007 so I suppose he had to go there during Star academy too.
I suppose Star Academy was good for him as an artist and good for fans .
There are stuff like this
[video=youtube;mgtD-QWlIJY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgtD-QWlIJY[/video]

He only sang a part of the song but I love the lyrics it´s about children.
The lyrics is something like this

I had been told:
"Do not ask yourself too much question
You know how small is life that answers you
What is the use of wanting to know everything?
Look in the air and see what you can see

I had been told:
"Must listen to his father"
Mine said nothing when he became a pair
Mom said to me, "you're too lousy to understand"
And I grew up with a place to take

Who has the right
Who has the right
Who has the right to do this
Has a child who really believes
What do the big
We spend our life saying thank you
Thanks to whom? what?
To do the rain and the weather
For children who are being lied to

I had been told:
"men are all the same
There are many gods but there is only one sun "
Yes, but the sun shines or it burns
You die of thirst or you drink bubbles
*

To you too, I'm sure you were told
Beautiful stories, you talk, that bullshit
So now we're on the road
With our fears our anxieties and our doubts

Who has the right
Who has the right
Who has the right to do this
To kids who really believe what the big kids are saying
We spend his life saying thank you
Thanks to whom? what?
To do the rain and the weather
For children who are being lied to

[video=youtube;1jaZx_2Rxcg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jaZx_2Rxcg&list=WL&index=29[/video]

[video=youtube;fOaDR4K8Uag]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOaDR4K8Uag[/video]
He was funny too

[video=youtube;wZdUUBrKHmE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZdUUBrKHmE[/video]
 

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Some dancing in the bathroom.
[video=youtube;WpAZs0luzM4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpAZs0luzM4[/video]

Here he´s really tired , the girls seem to be worried but when it´s time for live broadcast he gets up.
[video=youtube;u95wg5UJGPY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u95wg5UJGPY&t=103s&list=WL&index=21[/video]
These 3 competed for 1 million euros and a record contract.

I don´t know if Gregory knew how popular he was- after all he got 80 % of the votes in the final later-but I think when he sat down between the girls it wasn´t because he wanted to be in the center. Many people who watched Star Academy thought Lucie was his girlfriend and here Gregory chose to sit down between them, he make no difference between them.
I read in comments on youtube that Hoda -on his left side- wasn´t French she was from Morocco and there could be some racism involved when people voted

Those 3 together on stage
[video=youtube;6Cl-CAtMT9k]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cl-CAtMT9k[/video]

In my opinion there were all good singers .. they didn´t need the other things going on.
What´s missing in this video is his smile at the end
 

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Gregory´s father wrote this in the latest newsletter for association Gregory Lemarchal

"I would like to share with you a moment lived on the stage of the Lighthouse, in Chambéry, for our Concert Between friends. That evening, the singer Soprano
offered to the public, a cappella, a piece of text of the song Children Soldiers he
had written with his group Les Psy after Gregory's departure.

"He wore a smile to make
an angle to envy ...
" He was drawing a red nose on the
face of his drama
He who did not know
about
the hospital and emergencies /
He had to, for his dream,
to arrange his suffering (...)
Many fight despite their disability
I pay tribute to all these heroes without cape.
"
That night, we were upset by the tribute to Gregory of course, but also by the accuracy of this text.
Yes, Gregory put a red nose on the face of his drama.
As do tens and tens others.
This red nose is a snub to sickness, a way of telling her that it will not stop them from living and dreaming.
It is a source of comfort for their parents, who draw in a smile the force to fight the pain of their
child. It is to them that we think of daily, to them we dedicate our efforts.
https://association-gregorylemarchal.org/dist/pdf/RESPIRE_10.pdf
gregory, the funny guy
[video=youtube;YogWLMm_diA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YogWLMm_diA[/video]

[video=youtube;uhTqH86cfSo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhTqH86cfSo[/video]

There is another side too, they talked about the songs after the show.
Gregory sang the song I started this thread with SOS un terrien en destresse
He said he was happy he was able to sing the whole song it reminded him so much of his life
"Why do I live, why do I die?
At the grand lotto of the universe
I did not pull the right number "
[video=youtube;bbfwjhOGZdA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbfwjhOGZdA&t=258s[/video]
He could have been alive today if he had got new lungs but even after a lung transplantation it seems to be a lottery how long you survive afterwards.

When you have a child with a severe disease sometimes it isn´t easy for siblings, the sick child get all attention.
It´s actually Gregory´s sister and his mum who meet him and you can see his sister love him very much.
They haven´t met for a month.
That´s love he says
But I wanted to post the video because of the hug in the end, he really needed comfort .
That´s his father Pierre Lemarchal
[video=youtube;667kT5NszYI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=667kT5NszYI&index=35&list=WL&t=0s[/video]
I have posted de temps en temps earlier where Gregory wrote the lyrics
sometimes
I crack under the weight of hope
Sometimes
I laugh at nothing

Here is the whole song he sang at the concert
[video=youtube;8509doT5CBA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8509doT5CBA[/video]


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