Saturday, November 14, 2009

Non, je ne regrette rien. No, I regret nothing

If you haven't seen it, I recommend the movie La Vie En Rose, about the life of this tiny but powerful singer.  In this video is Edith Piaf in a live recital, Holland, 1962.

Non, je ne regrette rien.
(No, I regret nothing)

Considered the best singer France gave to the world, Edith Piaf was born Edith Giovanna Gassion on December 19, 1915 in Paris, France. She died on October 11, 1963 (one year after this recital) in Paris, France. Edith Piaf stood at only 4'8". Her musical abilities took her out of the streets and placed at the top of the musical world at the time.


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Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal tout ça m'est bien égal!

Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé!

Avec mes souvenirs
J'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux!

Balayés les amours
Avec leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro ...

Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien, qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal, tout ça m'est bien égal!

Non! Rien de rien ...
Non! Je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd'hui, ça commence avec toi!

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No! Absolutely nothing...
No! I regret nothing
Neither the good that I've done nor the bad
All this is much the same to me!

No! Absolutely nothing...
No! I regret nothing...
It is paid, swept away, forgotten
I don't care about the past!

With my souvenirs
I lit a fire
My sorrows, my pleasures
I need them no more!

Swept away the love affairs
With their tremors
Swept away forever
I leave with nothing ...

No! Absolutely nothing...
No! I regret nothing
Neither the good that I've done nor the bad
All this is much the same to me!

No! Absolutely nothing...
No! I regret nothing...
Because my life, because my joys
Today that begins with you!

4 comments:

heatherbelle said...

I love listening to her songs. Such a unique quality in her voice.

Becky Stauffer said...

I enjoy it too. Her life was one of great tragedy and struggle and huge success too. It all seems to be there in the voice.

Nicholas V. said...

Lovely! Look at this on my youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgW2gAGwB_w

Becky Stauffer said...

That's a wonderful video of the young Piaf, isn't it? Quite rare, I would think, in a live performance. I like the brief glimpses of audience and then the audience finishing the song at the end. She had a one-of-a-kind voice that seemed so effortless and was endlessly pleasing. Thanks for the link.