“L’hymne a l’amour”

Edith Piaf was in the public’s eye long before I was born, and she died in 1963 when still in her 40’s. Even so, she was played on the radio in England during my teen years, which was how I was introduced to her.  She did not have an easy life (massive understatement***), and her songs tended to be autobiographical and focused on love, loss and sorrow.

In an earlier Post, I noted that a song in a foreign language is not much different to an instrumental in that you have no words to guide you and yet, just like some instrumentals, you can still be moved by them. This song is an excellent example, in that while you may not understand what she is singing about, it is certainly a very emotional experience … a passing love perhaps?

The last verse translates to:

If one day life tears you away from me
if you die than you will be far from me
what’s it matter if you love me
because I will die too.
We will have for us, eternity
in the blue of all the immensity
in heaven, no more problems
my love do you believe that we love each other
God, reunites those who love each other.


*** Following is courtesy of wikipedia.org:

Piaf’s mother abandoned her at birth, and she lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother, Emma (Aïcha). When her father enlisted with the French Army in 1916 to fight in World War I, he took her to his mother, who ran a brothel, where prostitutes helped look after Piaf.

Below is a link to all the lyrics in English


14 thoughts on ““L’hymne a l’amour”

  1. “…while you may not understand what she is singing about, it is certainly a very emotional experience…” This is so true. I melt every time I hear Edith Piaf sing. I wasn’t aware of her early abandonment. I can relate – maybe that’s why I am so moved by her singing. Thanks for sharing her story 🙂

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    • She certainly left her “mark” didn’t she. Considering her very questionable start in life, I hope that she was very proud of her achievements and her subsequent impact around the world … although history would suggest a very troubled soul.


  2. Beautiful, but yes, what a heartbreaking story she had. Like you said, you can feel the emotion coming from her Heart in her words, even though you can’t understand the words. Music is definitely a powerful expression of emotion!

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