It was also great to have a high school music teacher who was a professional guitarist and actually playing in the Boston production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris", Henry "Hank" Wiktorowicz.
Brel wrote of love and loss, war and peace, classes of society, and many other topics of life. Fortunately, many of his videos can be found on YouTube. One of his most famous is "Port of Amsterdam". You can see a version here, and an English version by the late Mort Shuman who was partly responsible for bringing the music of Jacques Brel to the English audience.
Many of Brel's songs made it into the English songbook. His song "Quand on N'a que L'amour" became "If we only have Love", and his song "Le Moribond" became "Seasons in the Sun".
In his song "The Old Folks" he writes of the old silver clock on the wall (Mort Shuman Version):