The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (45): Fallen leaves

A poem by the Parisian surrealist Jacques Prévert, set to music in 1945 by a Hungarian refugee Joseph Kosma and immortalised by the Italian Yves Montand.

Oh je voudrais tant que tu te souviennes
Des jours heureux où nous étions amis
En ce temps là, la vie était plus belle
Et le soleil plus brûlant qu’aujourd’hui
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Tu vois je n’ai pas oublié
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi

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  • Heard as a recurring theme in Marcel Carne’s poetic film noir LES PORTES DE LA NUIT (46). Available for your streaming pleasure on the Criterion Channel.

  • Very little that is French about “Yves Montand”.
    Born Ivo Livi in central Italy. Both parents were Italian.

  • The things one can learns from this knowlegeable group … I never knew or ven suspected that Yves Montand was … Italian! Greg Bottini, was this your work?

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