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Poupée de cire, poupée de son (English: wax doll, rag doll) was the Luxembourg entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 in Naples performed by France Gall. It was written by Serge Gainsbourg.

As is common with Gainsbourg's lyrics, the words are filled with double meanings, wordplay, and puns. The title can be translated as "wax doll, rag doll" (a floppy doll stuffed with straw) or as "wax doll, sound doll" (with implications that Gall is a "singing doll" controlled by Gainsbourg).

It was performed 15th on the night following Denmark and preceding Finland. At the close of voting, it was declared the winner with 32 points, giving Luxembourg its second victory.

It was nominated as one of the fourteen best Eurovision songs of all time at the Congratulations: 50 Years special held in October 2005. France Gall has never sung the song in public since.

Lyrics

Je suis une poupée de cire, une poupée de son
Mon cœur est gravé dans mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Suis-je meilleure, suis-je pire qu'une poupée de salon?
Je vois la vie en rose bonbon
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Mes disques sont un miroir
Dans lequel chacun peut me voir
Je suis partout à la fois
Brisée en mille éclats de voix

Autour de moi, j'entends rire les poupées de chiffon
Celles qui dansent sur mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Elles se laissent séduire pour un oui, pour un nom
L'amour n'est pas que dans les chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Mes disques sont un miroir
Dans lequel chacun peut me voir
Je suis partout à la fois
Brisée en mille éclats de voix

Seule, parfois je soupire
Je me dis: "À quoi bon"
"Chanter ainsi l'amour sans raison"
"Sans rien connaître des garçons?"
Je n'suis qu'une poupée de cire, qu'une poupée de son
Sous le soleil de mes cheveux blonds
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Mais un jour je vivrai mes chansons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son
Sans craindre la chaleur des garçons
Poupée de cire, poupée de son

I'm a wax doll, a sawdust doll
My heart is engraved in my songs
Wax doll, sawdust doll
Am I better, am I worse than a fashion doll?
I see life through bright rosy-tinted glasses
Wax doll, sawdust doll

My records are a mirror
In which everyone can see me
I'm everywhere at once
Broken in a thousand pieces of voice

Around me, I hear the rag dolls laughing
Those who dance to my songs
Wax doll, sawdust doll
They give in to a yes, to a name
Love is not only in songs
Wax doll, sawdust doll

My records are a mirror
In which everyone can see me
I'm everywhere at once
Broken in a thousand pieces of voice

Alone, sometimes I sigh
I say to myself: "What good"
"Singing about love this way for no reason"
"Without knowing anything of boys?"
I'm nothing but a wax doll, but a sawdust doll
Under the sun of my blond hair
Wax doll, sawdust doll

But one day I'll live my songs
Wax doll, sawdust doll
Without fearing the warmth of boys
Wax doll, sawdust doll

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