This song is from 1962 and was featured in François Truffaut’s new wave film Jules et Jim. It’s a lovely, acoustic ballad but I’m not quite sure how it holds up without the film clip.
“Le Tourbillion” (The Whirlwind of Life) is a song which is very iconic in French culture but mostly because of the seminal film it was featured in. It’s not that catchy and I’m sure my affinity for the lyrics come from the context of the song in the movie (a tender moment in a emotionally chaotic film). Still, the video is adorable and it is probably one of the only songs that both my mom, french professor and I can all sing along to.
Here’s a translated version of the chorus:
Elle avait des bagues à chaque doigt, (She had rings on every finger) Des tas de bracelets autour des poignets, (A bunch of bracelets on her wrists) Et puis elle chantait avec une voix (And she sang with such a voice) Qui sit ôt m’enjôla. (That quickly I was under her spell)