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Refrain was the second of the two Swiss entries at the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 in Lugano performed by Lys Assia. She had performed her first song Das alte Karussell earlier in the evening.

The song was performed 9th on the night after the Netherlands and preceding Belgium. It was the winner of the contest, however the number of points given to it was never revealed.

Lyrics

(Refrain d'amour...)

Refrain, couleur du ciel, parfum de mes vingt ans
Jardin plein de soleil où je courais enfant
Partout je t'ai cherché, mon amoureux lointain
Guettant par les sentiers où tu prenais ma main

Les jours s'en sont allés et nous avons grandi
L'amour nous a blessés, le temps nous a guéris
Mais seule et sans printemps
Je cours en vain les bois, les champs
Dis, souviens-toi nos amours d'autrefois?

Les années passent à tire-d'aile
Et sur les toits de mon ennui coule la pluie
Où sont parties les caravelles, volant mon cœur
Portant mes rêves vers ton oubli?
J'aurais voulu que tu reviennes comme jadis
Porter des fleurs à ma persienne
Et ta jeunesse en mon logis

Refrain, couleur de pluie, regret de mes vingt ans
Chagrin, mélancolie de n'être plus enfant
Mais seule et loin de toi, par les chemins où tu n'es pas
Je vais, pleurant mes amours de vingt ans

(Refrain of love...)

Refrain, colour of the sky, the scent of my twenties
Garden full of sun where I spent my childhood
Everywhere I've been looking for you, my distant love
Waiting along the path where you took my hand

The days passed away and we grew up
Love wounded us, time cured us
But lonesome and without spring
I run in vain through the woods, the fields
Say, do you remember our old loves?

The years pass away as quick as lightning
And upon the roofs of my concern pours the rain
Where did the caravels leave, stealing my heart
Carrying my dreams away from your memory?
I wanted you to come back like bygone
Carrying flowers to my shutter
And your youthfulness to my home

Refrain, colour of the rain, regret of my twenties
Sorrow, melancholy not to be a child anymore
But lonesome and far from you, along the roads where you are not
I go, crying the loves of my twenties

Videos

Refrain - Lys Assia - Switzerland 1956 (Single Version)03:10

Refrain - Lys Assia - Switzerland 1956 (Single Version)

Eurovision 1956 Switzerland Lys Assia - Refrain02:20

Eurovision 1956 Switzerland Lys Assia - Refrain

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