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J'aime La Vie was the Belgian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 performed by Sandra Kim.  A very upbeat, positive song, it deals with the pleasures to be had in life.  The video depicts Sandra enjoying the things she likes to do such as hanging out with her friends, listening to music, taking a dance class and eating ice cream.  In 2011, the song's 25th anniversary, the video was reconstructed scene for scene as a commercial for an insurance company, the new and old versions appearing side by side.

At the contest, the song was performed thirteenth on the night, following Ireland and preceding Germany.  At the close of voting, it was declared the winner with 176 points, receiving points from every other nation and helping Belgium to its first (and at present, its only) victory - having gone "worst to first" within the span of a year.

Lyrics

Je vois des gens courber le dos
Comme si la vie marquait zéro
Moi, j'ai quinze ans et je te dis
Whoa whoa... j'aime la vie
(J'aime la vie – la vie, toute la vie)

Il faut y croire, j'ai moi aussi
Des flashs d'espoir, des insomnie
Mais au total, à l'addition
J'aime l'horizon

J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Même si c'est une folie)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Bravo pour le défi)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
Ne m'en veuillez pas
Je suis née comme ça
J'aime, j'aime la vie

Whoa... et tant pis
S'il pleut un peu beaucoup sur moi
Whoa whoa... tu es là

Devant Jacques Brel, devant Mozart
Je m'sens petite, j'ai le cafard
Je ne suis rien qu'une poussière
Dans cet univers
(C'est la vie – la vie, toute la vie)

Mais dès qu'tu m'aimes, dès qu'tu souris
Mes joies s'enchaînent à l'infini
Y a plus de Brel, plus de Mozart
Ma vie redémarre

J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Même si c'est une folie)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Bravo pour le défi)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
Ne m'en veuillez pas
Je suis née comme ça
J'aime, j'aime la vie

Tant pis s'il pleut un peu sur moi

J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Même si c'est une folie)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Bravo pour le défi)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
Ne m'en veuillez pas
Je suis née comme ça

J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Même si c'est une folie)
J'aime, j'aime la vie
(Bravo pour le défi)
Pour les jours qui n'vont pas
J'ai un truc à moi
Je compte sur toi
J'aime, j'aime la vie

Whoa... et tant pis
S'il pleut un peu beaucoup sur moi
Whoa whoa... la vie – oui, tu es là

I see people bowing their back
As if life was a zero
I'm fifteen and I tell you
Whoa whoa... I love life
(I love life – life, the whole life)

You have to believe in it, I also have
Flashes of hope, of insomnia
But in total, on the bill
I love the horizon

I love, I love life
(Even if it's madness)
I love, I love life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love life
Don't hold it against me
I was born that way
I love, I love life

Whoa... and no matter
If it rains a bit much on me
Whoa whoa... you're there

Compared to Jacques Brel, to Mozart
I feel so small, I've got the blues
I'm just a speck of dust
In this universe
(That's life – life, the whole life)

But as soon as you love me, as soon as you smile
My joy goes on forever
There's no more Brel, no more Mozart
My life begins again

I love, I love life
(Even if it's madness)
I love, I love life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love life
Don't hold it against me
I was born that way
I love, I love life

No matter if it rains a bit on me

I love, I love life
(Even if it's madness)
I love, I love life
(Bravo for the challenge)
I love, I love life
Don't hold it against me
I was born that way

I love, I love life
(Even if it's madness
I love, I love life
(Bravo for the challenge)
For those days when things don't work out
I have something to fall back on
I'm counting on you
I love, I love life

Whoa... and no matter
If it rains a bit much on me
Whoa whoa... life – yes, you are there

Videos

Eurovision 1986 - Belgium - Sandra Kim "J'Aime La Vie"03:16

Eurovision 1986 - Belgium - Sandra Kim "J'Aime La Vie"

Eurovision 1986 - Belgium - Sandra Kim - J'aime la vie -HQ SUBTITLED-03:07

Eurovision 1986 - Belgium - Sandra Kim - J'aime la vie -HQ SUBTITLED-

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