Lyrics: Couleur Café - Serge Gainsbourg -- English Translation

Couleur Café by Serge Gainsbourg is a wonderful song. However, its current translations into English, as shown by various Google searches (http://lyricstranslate.com/en/couleur-cafe-coffee-color.html and http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100207150610AAEDb40) are decidedly less wonderful, with one of them, hopefully machine translated, rendering "Ta gorge café" as "your throat coffee." If you've never heard the song or seen the video, here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDOk6nu9udo. Below is my attempt at a better translation:
FrenchEnglish
J’aime ta couleur caféI love your mocha color
Tes cheveux caféYour mocha hair
Ta gorge caféYour mocha neck
J’aime quand pour moi tu dansesI love when you dance for me
Alors j’entends murmurerWhen I hear that murmur
Tous tes braceletsOf your bracelets
Jolis braceletsBeautiful bracelets
À tes pieds ils se balancentThey dance around your feet
  
CouleurColor
CaféMocha
Que j’aime ta couleurI love your mocha
CaféColor
  
C’est quand même fou l’effetThe effect is unbelievable
L’effet que ça faitThat effect it has on me
De te voir roulerTo see you move
Ainsi des yeux et des hanchesYour eyes and hips that way
Si tu fais comme le caféIf you are anything like real coffee
Rien qu’à m’énerverCompletely unnerving me
Rien qu’à m’exciterTotally exciting me
Ce soir la nuit sera blancheTonight will be a sleepless one
  
CouleurColor
CaféMocha
Que j’aime ta couleurI love your mocha
CaféColor
  
L’amour sans philosopherLove without philosophizing
C’est comm’ le caféIs like coffee
Très vite passéFinished so quickly
Mais que veux-tu que j’y fasseBut what should I do about it?
On en a marr’ de caféWe've had our fill of coffee
Et c’est terminéAnd it's over
Pour tout oublierTo forget it all
On attend que ça se tasseWe wait for a return to normal
  
CouleurColor
CaféMocha
Que j’aime ta couleurI love your mocha
CafColor

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