Quand C'est

Album: Racine Carrée (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song explores the pain caused and inevitable fear of cancer. It finds Paul Van Haver, aka Stromae, literally addressing the disease ("I talk to him: leave us, please, just go on holiday or something").
  • Paul Van Haver, sings of how cancer first attacked his mother (breast cancer) and his father (lung cancer). In reality the Belgian musician's father, a Rwandan architect, was killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
  • The title translates into English as "When Is it ?"
  • The haunting black-and-white video features some silhouette work as a dark and spidery shadow looms over Stromae symbolizing cancer. The clip was created by Van Haver's own artistic collective Mosaert – which is an anagram of his own stage name.

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