“Charles Aznavour – La Boheme” 

24 Feb

Charles Aznavour, also known as La bohème is an album by French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, released in 1966.[1] It included such international hits as “La Bohème” and “Jezebel”.

The album includes songs by Charles Aznavour, Georges Garvarentz, Gilbert Bécaud and others. In 1966 it was originally released by Barclay Records in France and Canada, then by Reprise Records in the US (as Aznavour).[2]

Lyrics(English translation)

I speak of a time

That less than twenty years

Can not know

Montmartre that time

Hung his lilac

Just below our windows

And so the humble garni

That was our nest

Do not pay for mine

It is there that we knew

Me crying famine

And you who posed nude


Bohemia, bohemian

That meant we were happy

Bohemia, bohemian

We only ate one every other day


In the neighboring

We had some

Who awaited glory

And although poor

With an empty stomach

We never ceased to believe

And if a bistro

Against a warm meal

We took a canvas

We recite verses

Grouped around the stove

Forgetting the winter


Bohemia, bohemian

It meant you were pretty

Bohemia, bohemian

And we all had spirit


Often it happened to me

In front of my easel

Of sleepless nights

Touching up the design

The line of a breast

The curve of a hip

And it was not until morning

We finally sat

Over coffee-cream

Exhausted but happy

Was it that we love each other

And we love life


Bohemia, bohemian

That meant that we were twenty years

Bohemia, bohemian

And we lived the zeitgeist


When random days

I’m going for a ride

In my previous address

I no longer recognize

Neither the walls nor the streets

Who saw my youth

At the top of a staircase

I am looking for the workshop

Of which nothing remains

In its new setting

Montmartre seems sad

And the lilacs are dead


Bohemia, bohemian

We were young, we were crazy

Bohemia, bohemian

That does not mean anything at all


Posted by on February 24, 2017 in FRENCH FRIDAYS


5 responses to “ “Charles Aznavour – La Boheme” 

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    February 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

    And thank you for this!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    February 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks Koolkosherkitchen for the appreciation. Such a lovely song, it is. Soothing to listen to while baking. O:-) Have a fantastic weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. koolkosherkitchen

    February 24, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    You too, dear! You keep bringing up the happiest memories of my life…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. America On Coffee

    February 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, I am really so humbled!! Super Hugs to you! (Smiling)

    Liked by 1 person

  5. koolkosherkitchen

    February 25, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Same to you dear!

    Liked by 1 person


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