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"De la musique avant toute chose"
(Paul Verlaine)

"Je mets ensemble les notes qui s'aiment"
(Mozart)

"La musique donne une âme à nos coeurs, des ailes à la pensée, un essor à l'imagination,
Elle est un charme à la tristesse, elle donne de la gaieté, de la vie à toute chose,
Elle élève vers tout ce qui est bon, juste et beau,
et rétablit l'harmonie dont elle est, bien qu'invisible,
la forme éblouissante et passionnément éternelle."
(Platon)

Oldies

                Title                         Author                  Difficulty level       Comments

 
Aline

 
Christophe
 
 
Did you say summerlove ?!
 
Mirza

 
Nino Ferrer
  
 
A song for dog rescuers.
 
Ma liberté

 
Georges Moustaki
 
 
A beautiful song about a man's life and freedom
 
Les loups sont entrés dans Paris

 
Serge Reggiani
 
 
An original and metaphoric song


Sarah

 
Serge Reggiani
 
 
An homage to a woman who meant a lot to him


Le petit garçon

Serge Reggiani
 
 
A man's love for his son
 
Potemkine
 
Jean Ferrat

 
 
A tragic song for a tragedy

L'aigle noir

Barbara
 
 
A crystalline voice, for a song of vision


Les voyages

Barbara
 
 
You have a beautiful memory of your last trip to France ? Here's your song.


Mon amie la rose
 
Marie Laforêt
 

Tempus fugit

La complainte des infidèles

Mouloudji
 
She left you. Mouloudji won't bring her back, but you can mourn and vow revenge with this song.
 
Il n'aurait fallu
 
Léo Ferré
 

 
Originally a poem by Aragon, it becomes a superb song about love and death.

L'albatros

Léo Ferré
 
 
The sung  version of one of Baudelaire's masterpieces


Un homme heureux

William Sheller
 
 
Timeless song about love and happiness


Fier et fou de vous
 
William Sheller
 
 
The music is a bit out of fashion, but if you've ever loved somebody in vain, the lyrics will sound familiar


Les filles de l'aurore

William Sheller
 
 
Typical of Sheller's style.


Il y a deux filles en moi
 
Sylvie Vartan et Françoise Hardy
   

A beautiful duo.

L'amour c'est comme les bateaux

Sylvie Vartan
 
 
This song gives justice to Sylvie Vartan's voice.

Par amour, par pitié
 
Sylvie Vartan
 
 
A love song from the yéyé period.
 
Nicolas
 
Sylvie Vartan
 
 
French adaptation of a song from one of Hungarian most famous singer and composer : Mate Peter. Too bad he died so young.
 
Je veux chanter pour ceux


Michel Berger


 
An humanitarian song of the 80's

Poupée de cire, poupée de son

France Gall
 
 
Typical from the yé yé period, this song launched her career
 

Rock and Pop

                  Title                         Author                  Difficulty level       Comments       

 
  Un autre monde

 
Téléphone
 
 
A classic rock song of the 80's



Drinking songs

                    Title                         Author                  Difficulty level       Comments       

 
Fanchon

 

 
 
Indissociable from the French "art de vivre"
 
Chevalier de la table ronde

   
 
Probably the most famous of all wine songs
 
Ah que nos pères étaient  heureux

   
 
A wine song ; nice version with instrument

Tourdion, quand je bois du vin clairet
  
Two versions : one sounds like a religious song, the second like a medieval song, in the end it's still a wine song
 
C'est à boire qu'il nous faut

   
 
The refrain is a classic, but most people have forgotten the rest of the lyrics...

 

Il est des nôtres

   
 
Famous, but this version with accordion doesn't give the song complete justice ; alas I couldn't fine a nice "vocal only" version (not performed by drunk people...)


 51 je t'aime

   
 
A song dedicated to the "Pastis", a anis-based alcohol drunk in the South of France.

 
 Ban bourguignon

   
 
Ah, la la... Easiest-to-learn lyrics guaranteed

Other songs

        Title                                 Author                  Difficulty level       Comments

 
Jean Petit qui danse

 
folkloric
 
 
A great folkloric song to learn body parts
 
Vois sur ton chemin
 
choral
 
 
One of the main song of the French movie "the chorus"


Le café
 
Oldelaf
 
 
You drink coffee at the office ? This funny song should make you smile...


A quoi ça sert l'amour ?

Edith Piag & Theo Sarapo
 


 
Is love a waste ?


La pince à linge

Francis Blanche
 

Beethoven and the clothes peg. Humour stretched to the limit.


La truite

Francis Blanche
 

If you like fish, and Schubert.

Chanson sans calcium

Les frères Jacques

 

The only song that is in a worse physical condition than you are.

Bonne humeur

La chanson du dimanche


 
Minimalist, fun and absurd. French humour...

Bluetooth

La chanson du dimanche
 

You've got a friend who's a geek ? Or is it you ?


Petit Cheminot

La chanson du dimanche
 

A French speciality : strike. Come and enjoy it !

Super pouvoir d'achat

La chanson du dimanche
 
 
Gimme gimme... what ? Love ? A man after midnight ? Nay, purchasing power !


Aaaah Chiche
 
La chanson du dimanche
 

You want to chuck everything up. Time to listen to this one. To get more inspiration...

 

 
 

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