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Un banc, un arbre, une rue was the Monegasque entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1971 in Dublin performed by Séverine. The song is a classic French ballad, with the lyrics focusing on the loss of childhood innocence, and people following their dreams. The opening lines to the chorus translate as "We all have a bench, a tree, a street/Where we cherished our dreams/A childhood that has been too short".

It was performed third on the night following Malta and preceding Switzerland. At the close of voting, it was declared the winner with 128 points. It is only one of two winning songs that have performed from the third spot in the running order, the other being Rock 'n' Roll Kids in 1994.

Lyrics

On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Où l'on a bercé nos rêves
On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Une enfance trop brève

Un jour ou l'autre il faut partir
Pour se construire un avenir, un avenir
Et c'est l'inoubliable instant
Où l'on rend ses habits d'enfant, d'enfant

Chacun s'en va, rempli d'espoir
Sur le chemin qu'il s'est choisi, qu'il s'est choisi
Vers la richesse ou vers la gloire
Pourtant quelle que soit notre vie, notre vie

On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Où l'on a bercé nos rêves
On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Une enfance trop brève

Chacun, dans son coin d'horizon
Ne défend que ses ambitions, ses ambitions
Mais si nous ne partageons rien
Que nous reste-t-il en commun, en commun?

On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Où l'on a bercé nos rêves
On a tous un banc, un arbre, une rue
Une enfance trop brève

Lalala lala...
Lala lala lala...
Lalala lalala lala...

We all have a bench, a tree, a street
Where we cherished our dreams
We all have a bench, a tree, a street
A childhood that has been too short

One day or another we have to leave
To build a future, a future
And it's the unforgettable instant
When we return our child clothes, child clothes

Everyone goes, filled with hope
On the road that they chose, that they chose
To the richness or to the glory
Yet what our life will be, our life

We all have a bench, a tree, a street
Where we cherished our dreams
We all have a bench, a tree, a street
A childhood that has been too short

Everyone, in his corner of the horizon
Only defends their ambitions, their ambitions
But if we share nothing
What will be left for us in common, in common?

We all have a bench, a tree, a street
Where we cherished our dreams
We all have a bench, a tree, a street
A childhood that has been too short

Lalala lala...
Lala lala lala...
Lalala lalala lala...

Videos

Eurovision 1971 - Monaco - Séverine - Un banc, un arbre, une rue HQ SUBTITLED02:54

Eurovision 1971 - Monaco - Séverine - Un banc, un arbre, une rue HQ SUBTITLED

Séverine - Un banc, un arbre, una rue - Eurovisión 197102:58

Séverine - Un banc, un arbre, una rue - Eurovisión 1971

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