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The little stories behind the songs
Hello, it’s Olivier again. Welcome to Paris Chanson’s podcast “The little stories behind the songs”. Every week we look at one specific song and try to let you know what’s behind it. This week, we’re responding to a request we had on Instagram. Hiromi (aka Sorasora18) from Tokyo wants to know a bit more about “La Foule”, one of Edith Piaf’s greatest hits. That’s actually a very good choice, so let’s do it!
First thing you need to know: it is a cover of a South American song: "Que nadie sepa mi sufrir" that’s the name of the song ("Let no one know my suffering" in English). It is a Peruvian waltz, composed by the Argentine musician Angel Cabral in 1936 and it was a good regional hit at the time. 20 years later, Piaf heard it while touring in South America and asked Michel Rivgauche to write some French lyrics for it. “La Foule” was released in 1957 and became a huge hit, as you know.
“La Foule” tells the story of a woman being carried around by a crowd when she crashes into a man, and falls in love with him. But the crowd tears them apart, and they never see each other again.
Edith Piaf’s version of “La Foule” was covered many times, in French and in English.
It is quite a powerful song. The kind of song that can carry you through the little difficulties of life, as they happen. Just listen to it if you feel a bit down. You’ll see, it really works.