Music Monday: Non, je ne regrette rien

[Updated in 2021]

Now playing on my French song playlist:

Title: Non, je ne regrette rien

Songwriters: Charles Dumont, Michel Vaucaire

Performed by: Édith Piaf

Lyrics I like:

Non, je ne regrette rien

Ni le bien, qu’on m’a fait

Ni le mal, tout ça m’est bien égal

Non, rien de rien

Non, je ne regrette rien

Car ma vie, car mes joies

Aujourd’hui, ça commence avec toi

Translation:

No, I don’t regret anything

Nor the good that was done to me

Neither evil, it’s all the same to me

No, nothing at all

No, I don’t regret anything

Because my life, because my joys

Today, it begins with you

🎶

The legendary French chanteuse, Édith Piaf recorded this song in 1960. She dedicated it to the French Foreign Legion during the Algerian War, also known as the War of 1 November. It lasted for over seven years from 1954 until March 19, 1962, when Algeria gained its independence from France.

Over the years, the song has been used numerous times in movies, television shows, and advertisements, including this one which ran in 2020 here in the United States for a leading insurance company: Allstate TV commercial

This year, the song is featured in a TV ad for a brand of multi-purpose cleaning products that’s based in the United Kingdom: Zoflora TV ad

Until next Music Monday, have a beautiful week ahead!

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10 Comments

  1. A classic! I first heard it in the film “Inception,” and then once more when I took French in high school and college. Edith Piaf is a French icon, and I’m glad you shared this song this week!

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    1. I agree. I find it incredible how one song could be used in both ways: weighty (military conflict) and lighthearted (selling coffee, chocolate, insurance, and cleaning products)?! 🎶 It’s timeless, for sure!

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