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26 February 2015


Non, Je Ne regrette Rien

24 February 2015

PG is in the mood for a little Edith Piaf today.


Non, Je Ne regrette Rien is Edith Piaf’s second most famous song after La Vie en Rose. The title of the song translates generally into No, I regret nothing.

From Wikipedia:

On October 24, 1960, when Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire visited Piaf’s home at Boulevard Lannes in Paris, she received them very impolitely and unfriendly. Dumont had several times tried to offer Piaf his compositions, but she disliked them and had refused them – the standard was too low according to her. She was furious that her housekeeper Danielle had arranged a meeting with the two men without informing her. So she let them wait an hour in her living room before she appeared. “As you can see I am extremely tired”, she said to them very irritated. “Hurry up, only one song! Quick to the piano, go ahead!” she commanded. Nervous and perspiring Dumont sang the song in a low voice. When he finished there was a big silence waiting for Piaf’s verdict. “Will you sing it again?” asked Piaf in a sharp voice. When he was hardly halfway she interrupted him. “Formidable [Fantastic],” she burst out. “Formidable,” she repeated, “this is the song I have been waiting for. It will be my biggest success! I want it for my coming performance at L’Olympia!” “Of course, Edith, the song is yours,” said Vaucaire, delighted.

Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion. At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed the failed 1961 putsch against president Charles de Gaulle and the civilian leadership of Algeria – adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.

Link to the rest at Wikipedia

A partial translation of the lyrics:

No, nothing of nothing
No, I don’t regret anything
Neither the good things people have done to me
Nor the bad things, it’s all the same to me.

The lovers are all swept away
And all of their drama
Swept away forever
I start again from zero

No, nothing of nothing
No! I don’t regret anything
It’s paid for, swept away, forgotten,
I don’t care about the past!

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Video removed because of autoplay annoyances.
Thanks to Ziv for the tip.

UPDATE: Sorry for the autoplay. The video didn’t do this in PG’s browser. He added autoplay=”false” to the video code which is supposed to turn off autoplay. Since he can’t see whether autoplay is, in fact, now off, drop a comment to let him know what’s going on.

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PG has emerged this morning from an extended bout with the flu (the version that isn’t addressed by this year’s vaccine) and, while not completely chipper, can contemplate the concept of chipperness for the first time in awhile.

In honor of this momentous occasion, he decided a little Paolo Conte was in order.


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