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

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


norman lebrecht

April 29, 2020

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


  • fred says:

    Jacques Kosma????????

  • LP says:

    Joseph Kosma. Not Jacques. To be followed by Serge Gainsbourg’s “La chanson de Prévert”

  • Elvira says:

    The composer of “Falling leaves” is Vladimir Cosma born in 1940 in Bucharest Romania

  • And Yves Montand is deffinitely considered à French singer. Although born in Italy, he arrived as a baby in France and was naturalized in 1929…

  • John Nemaric says:

    If and when you are talking about Kosma and/or Prevert you must go to Juliette Gréco.

  • NYMike says:

    Very popular and in-demand tune @ weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. during a certain period in New York.

  • David A, Boxwell says:

    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.

  • Alexander Tarak says:

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

  • Edgar Self says:

    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?