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La belle amour was the French entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1957, performed by Paule Desjardins.

The song is a common chanson style song, and is about someone spending a carefree time outdoors with their lover. It was performed eighth on the night following Germany and preceding Denmark. At the close of voting, it received 17 points, placing 2nd.

Lyrics

Si vous aimez la nature
Les lilas, les p’tits oiseaux
Le Muscadet, la friture
Et la belle aventure
Suivez le bord de l’eau
Vous verrez une guinguette
Où vous pourrez vous griser
Aux flonflons d’un bal musette
Des yeux clairs de Lisette
Avant de décider dans un baiser de tout oser

Comme l’eau coule à la fontaine, cette chanson
C’est la chanson que filles et garçons chantent chacun à sa façon
Elle sera, la chose est certaine, dans tous les cœurs
Et pour toujours – la chanson de la belle amour

Reprenons-la sous les lilas
Et lon lon la par-ci par-là
C’est la belle amour

Cependant voici l’automne
La guinguette aux volets clos
N’a plus d’amoureux
Personne ne vient quand l’heure sonne
Rêver au bord de l’eau

C’est le bal des feuilles mortes
Qui dansent sur le gravier
Et qui vont de porte en porte
Au vent qui les emporte
Tournoyer par milliers

En attendant quoi? Le printemps

Reprenons-la sous les lilas
Et lon lon la par-ci par-là
C’est la belle amour
La belle amour

If you like nature
Lilacs and birdies
Muscadet, fried foods
And the beautiful adventure
Follow the water side
You’ll see a ballroom
Where you could get drunk
In Lisette’s clear eyes
On the pom-poms of a musette ball
Before deciding in a kiss to dare everything

Like the water flows in the fountain, this song
Is the song that girls and boys each sing their own way
It will be in everybody’s hearts, that’s for sure
It will be there forever – the song of the beautiful love

Let’s sing it again under the lilacs
And lalala here and there
It’s the beautiful love

However the autumn has come
The ballroom with closed shutters
Doesn’t have lovers anymore
Nobody comes when it’s time
To dream along the water side

It’s the ball of the dead leaves
Which dance on the gravel
And go from door to door
Taken along by the wind
Whirling by thousands

Waiting for what? For spring

Let’s sing it again under the lilacs
And lalala here and there
It’s the beautiful love
The beautiful love

Trivia

  • This song was the first definite second placing song, as the Jury results of the 1956 performances are not known, except for the winner.

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