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Last Updated: 18 April 2024

When we saw this amazing sunset over the city of Paris (see photo below), we could have sung: “Je vois la vie en rose!” (or should we say: “Je vois Paris en rose!”).

Here are a little story and the lyrics of a song that has become some kind of an anthem for anything ‘French’ to the world.

 

Paris in Pink!

A photo we took while staying in Paris: a beautiful pink sunset above the Eiffel Tower:

 

About the song

La Vie en rose” is arguably one of these French songs that have met international recognition. It was written in 1945 by French singer Édith Piaf (19 December 1915 – 11 October 1963). She released the first single in 1947.

The literal translation of the song’s title is “Life in Pink“. It also means “Life in Rosy Hues” or “Life through Rose-coloured glasses“. Although the lyrics are from Édith Piaf, the melody was composed by Marguerite Monnot and Louis Guglielmi, aka Louiguy.

Édith Piaf had initially written “les choses en rose” (“Things in pink”) before Marianne Michel modified it to “la vie en rose”. The song’s success is mainly due to its lyrics. Indeed, in the aftermath of WW2, they talked directly to the heart of those who suffered from the war.

Many cover versions of “La Vie en rose” have been sung by show-biz celebrities: Andrea Bocelli, Audrey Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Carla Bruni, Céline Dion, Dalida, Dean Martin, Diana Krall, Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, Julio Iglesias, Katherine Jenkins, Liza Minelli, Louis Armstrong, Luciano Pavarotti, Madeleine Peyroux, Shirley Bassey, Tony Martin, Yves Montand…

 

 

The French lyrics of “La Vie en Rose”

Montmartre Pink 01 © French Moments
Pinky Montmartre © French Moments
Tour Eiffel Pink © French Moments
Pinky Eiffel Tower © French Moments

 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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  1. I absolutely love how music transcends the differences between people of different regions. This song has been covered by people all over the world unfathomable number of times in several different languages. One version that particularly interests me is Walter Dobschinski and his Soloists' German version of this song, "Schau mich bitte nicht so an" as it was recorded in 1948, just 3 years after the end of WW2 and the release of original version. It is a proof of the powerful and unbreakable bond humans have with each other despite all the differences and hate instigated by filthy politics and propaganda.

  2. I love this song. I have been singing ing it since the 40’s. It speaks to my heart. It lets me travel to France. Bravo. It somehow soothes me amid all the turmoil.

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