Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

You Don't need French



You don't need to know any French to understand this - a very old rendering of Ne Me Quitte Pas, a song that Brel wrote in 1959 after his mistress "Zizou" (Suzanne Gabriello) threw him out of her life.

Zizou was pregnant with Brel's child, but Brel refused to acknowledge the child as his own.*

It's a beautiful piece of music, and this version is sparse and direct.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

I'm a tragic for French music of the period, particularly that of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel.

Brel, I think, was actually Belgian....

* Source - Wikipedia

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