If there is a non-English song that goes right through your heart and makes your skin shiver without understanding the words it must be the song “Non, je ne regrette rien” by the renowned French singer Édith Piaf. People know her better for the song “La Vie En Rose” but when you hear her sing this song it doesn’t take you long to ask: “How can someone take so much pain and still be able to stand and keep her head straight up?”
***This is the original song sung by Édith Piaf with lyrics in French and English https://youtu.be/zRCYEkA0_q8
The song was written in 1960, three years before her death. Most of her songs are autobiographical. By then, her life was marked by the loss of her only child when she was only seventeen, the death of her true love, and a few car accidents that brought morphine and alcohol addition upon her health along with medication for arthritis and insomnia. She spent many periods of her life living alone. Now, it is easy to understand why her pain was so great.
I think this song defines her perfectly. Her emotion is so strong that when you watch her body expression in her interpretation you wonder if she is genuine or theatrical. She had enough and was finally able to close the gate to the past and found enough strength to “sow” new seed without regretting anything good or bad that happened. Every time she sings the words “Non, rien de rien/Non, je ne regrette rien” she escalates her voice and the pronunciation of theses words become so clear that the closer she gets to the end of the song you understand why she feels that way. She was called “La Môme Piaf (The Little Sparrow)“.
Since then many artists have sung her songs. Just about a couple of months ago, a girl named Sofie Thomas sang it at the show called “Voice Kids 2017 – Blind Auditions” in Germany. Her performance was fantastic! Just listen. https://youtu.be/qxYpQ-jMe44
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