""La Complainte de la Butte."" Top 5 Page for this destination Montmartre - Sacré Coeur Tip by breughel

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  Les escaliers de la butte sont durs ...
by breughel

The stairs leading to the Place du Tertre made me remember the lovely song " La Complainte de la Butte" (the lament of the hill Butte Montmartre) written by Jean Renoir, music by Georges Van Parys, and voice of Cora Vaucaire.
This song was part of the film "French Cancan" from Jean Renoir in 1955.
The fifties and sixties were great vintages for the chanson française.
Coming down of the Butte Montmartre I remembered some verses of this song:

La lune trop blême
Pose un diadème
Sur tes cheveux roux
La lune trop rousse
De gloire éclabousse
Ton jupon plein d'trous

The moon too pale
Poses a diadem
On your red hair
The moon too red
Splashes of glory
Your petticoat full of holes

Les escaliers de la butte sont durs aux miséreux
Les ailes des moulins protègent les amoureux

The stairs of the mound are hard to needy
The wings of the mills protect lovers

Best interpretation is the original by Cora Vaucaire. (on youtube: cora vaucaire "la complainte de la butte").
She also sings in a wonderful way the other so nostalgic French song "Trois petites notes de musique".

Website: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/

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