Sous Le Ciel De Paris: Edith Piaf

Sous le ciel de Paris
s’envole une chanson
elle est née d’aujourd’hui
dans le cœur d’un garçon
sous le ciel de paris
marchent des amoureux
leur bonheur se construit
sur un air fait pour eux

sous le Pont de Bercy
un philosophe assis
deux musiciens quelques badauds
puis les gens par milliers
sous le ciel de paris
jusqu’au soir vont chanter
l’hymne d’un peuple épris
de sa vieille cité

près de Notre Dame
parfois couve un drame
oui mais à Paname
tout peut s’arranger
quelques rayons
du ciel d’été
l’accordéon
d’un marinier
l’espoir fleurit
au ciel de Paris

sous le ciel de Paris
coule un fleuve joyeux
il endort dans la nuit
les clochards et les gueux
sous le ciel de paris
les oiseaux du bon Dieu
viennent du monde entier
pour bavarder entre eux

et le ciel de Paris
a son secret pour lui
depuis vingt siècles il est épris
de notre ile Saint Louis
quand elle lui sourit
il met son habit bleu
quand il pleut sur paris
c’est qu’il est malheureux
quand il est trop jaloux
de ses millions d’amants
il fait gronder sur nous
son tonnerr’ éclatant
mais le ciel de paris
n’est pas longtemps cruel
pour se fair’ pardonner
il offre un arc en ciel

Under the Parisian Sky

Beneath the Parisian sky
A song flutters away,
It was born today
In a young man’s heart
Beneath the Parisian sky
Lovers walk about,
Their happiness built
Upon a tune made just for them

Beneath the Pont de Bercy
There’s a seated philosopher
Two musicians and a few onlookers
And then people in the thousands
Beneath the Parisian sky
Will sing into the evening
The hymn of the people in love
With their old city

Near Notre Dame
Perhaps trouble’s brewing
But in “Paname” everything gets worked out
A few rays
From the summer sky
The accordion
Of a sailor
Hope is blossoming
In the Parisian sky

Beneath the Parisian sky
A joyous river flows
That lulls the tramps
And beggars to sleep
Beneath the Parisian sky
God’s birds
Come from around the world
To chat among themselves

The Parisian sky
Has its own secret
For twenty centuries it has been in love
With our Île Saint-Louis
When she smiles at him
He puts on his blue suit
When it rains over Paris
It’s because he’s sad
When he is jealous
Of her millions of lovers
He unleashes upon us
His roaring thunder
But the Parisian sky
Is not cruel for long
So that he may be forgiven
He offers a rainbow

edith p

‘Margarita053’ has written the following to accompany this song on You Tube:

In 1935 Piaf was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée, whose club Le Gerny off the Champs-Élysées was frequented by the upper and lower classes alike. He persuaded her to sing despite her extreme nervousness, which, combined with her height of only 1.42m (4′ 8″), inspired him to give her the nickname that would stay with her for the rest of her life and serve as her stage name, La Môme Piaf (Parigot translatable as “The Waif Sparrow”, “The Little Sparrow“, or “Kid Sparrow”). Leplée taught her the basics of stage presence and told her to wear a black dress, later to become her trademark apparel. Leplée ran an intense publicity campaign leading up to her opening night, attracting the presence of many celebrities, including actor Maurice Chevalier. Her nightclub gigs led to her first two records produced that same year,with one of them penned by Marguerite Monnot, a collaborator throughout Piaf’s life.On 6 April 1936, Leplée was murdered and Piaf was questioned and accused as an accessory, but was acquitted.plée had been killed by mobsters with previous ties to Piaf. Arage of negative media attention now thened her career. To rehabilte her image, she recruited Raymond Asso, with whom she would become romantically involved. He changed her stage name to “Édith Piaf”, barred undesirable acquaintances from seeing her, and commissioned Monnot to write songs that reflected or alluded to Piaf’s previous life on the streets. In 1940, Édith co-starred in Jean Cocteau’s successful one-act play Le Bel Indifférent. She began forming friendships with prominent people, including Chevalier and poet Jacques Borgeat. She wrote the lyrics of many of her songs and collaborated with composers on the tunes. In 1944, she discovered Yves Montand in Paris, made him part of her act, and became his mentor and lover. Within a year, he became one of the most famous singers in France, and she broke off their relationship when he had become almost as popular as she was.During this time she was in great demand and very successful in Paris as France’s most popular entertainer. After the war, she became known internationally, touring Europe, the United States, and South America. In Paris, she gave Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Roberto Chavero)—the most important Argentine musician of folklore—the opportunity to share the scene, making his debut in July 1950. She helped launch the career of Charles Aznavour in the early 1950s, taking him on tour with her in France and the United States and recording some of his songs. At first she met with little success with U.S. audiences, who regarded her as downcast. After a glowing review by a prominent New York critic, however, her popularity grew, to the point where she eventually appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice (1956 and 1957).Édith Piaf’s signature song “La vie en rose” was written in 1945 and was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.Bruno Coquatrix’ famous Paris Olympia music hall is where Piaf achieved lasting fame, giving several series of concerts at the hall, the most famous venue in Paris, between January 1955 and October 1962. Excerpts from five of these concerts (1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962) were issued on record and CD and have never been out of print. The 1961 concerts were promised by Piaf in an effort to save the venue from bankruptcy and where she debuted her song “Non, je ne regrette rien“. In April 1963, Piaf recorded her last song, “L’homme de Berlin”.
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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One Response to Sous Le Ciel De Paris: Edith Piaf

  1. mark says:

    I love Edith!

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