France Gall, arguably the definitive ye-ye girl, died last month aged 70. Even in the joyful musical climate of the 1960s she stood out as a ray of pop sunshine. With this song she becomes the first artist to feature on this blog singing in three different languages: Spanish, French and German.
If three languages aren’t enough for you, it turns out the original version of this song was “La pioggia”, written in Italian for the 1969 Sanremo music festival. In that edition each song was sung by two different artists, and “La pioggia” was performed by Gigliola Cinquetti (who won Eurovision in 1964) and France Gall (who won the following year). They sang separately – a duet would have been awesome – and the song finished in sixth place. After the contest they released competing single versions in both Italian and Spanish.
The single was released in 1969 but I think this Spanish TV performance dates from a year or two later.
RIP France Gall.
LA LLUVIA El periódico informó que el tiempo cambiará hay nubes negras en el cielo y los pájaros allí no volarán ya más ¿por qué será? Yo no cambiaré, No, no cambiaré mas si el mundo loco está no me importa a mi ESTRIBILLO: La lluvia No moja nuestro amor cuando yo soy feliz La lluvia La lluvia ya no existe si me miras tú El paraguas tíralo, pues no sirve ya …no sirve ya, no sirve ya El termómetro bajó el sol ya se ocultó el frio ya llegó, mas nuestro amor jamás se enfriará y no se apagará ¿sabes por qué? Yo no cambiaré, No, no cambiaré mas si el mundo loco está no me importa a mi ESTRIBILLO La lluvia No moja nuestro amor cuando yo soy feliz
THE RAIN The newspaper reported That the weather will change There are black clouds in the sky And the birds there Won’t fly anymore How could it be? I won’t change No, I won’t change But if the world is crazy I don’t care CHORUS: The rain Don’t dampen our love when I'm happy The rain The rain’s no longer there if you look at me The umbrella - throw it away Since it’s no use now …it’s no use now, it’s no use now The thermometer went down The sun was hiding The cold has arrived, but our love Will never get cold And it won’t die Do you know why? I won’t change No, I won’t change But if the world is crazy I don’t care CHORUS The rain Don’t dampen our love when I'm happy