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Charles Trenet

La Mer

  • Chanson
  • Classical
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
  • Space
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  • 1943
  • 1947
  • 1946
  • 1995
  • 1960

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For the Nine Inch Nails song, see The Fragile. “La Mer” is a song written by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet (1913 – 2001). Trenet wrote the lyrics of “La Mer” on a train in 1943 while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast, returning from Paris to Narbonne. He supposedly wrote the song in ten minutes, on toilet paper supplied by SNCF. He was assisted with the tune by Leo Chauliac. It was originally published by Raoul Breton. It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded the song, since neither he nor the people around him believed the song to be anything special or particularly original. When he released “La Mer” in 1946 it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic ever since. English lyrics, unrelated to the... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ La mer ... Voyez

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Most votes come from France, and United Kingdom.


Popular in Classical (See Charts): Ode To Joy, Con Te Partiro, Nutcracker, Asturias Leyenda, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Por Ti Volare, Canon, Je Te Veux, Big Stones, and Star Wars (Main Theme).


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