Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Avec le temps . . .
Avec le temps, va, tout s'en va
On oublie le visage et l'on oublie la voix
With the time . . .
With the time, everything is going away
We forget the face and we forget the voice

(Dalida -- her real name was Yolanda Gigliotti -- was born in Egypt to Italian parents but spent most of her adult life in France.  She was a hugely successful recording artist, selling a total of 130 million records.  Dalida took an overdose of barbituates and died on this date in 1987, aged 54.  An ex-husband and two former lovers committed suicide prior to her doing so.  These lines are from "Avec le Temps," a wonderful song that was recorded by many singers, but her performance is particularly exquisite and heartbreaking.  One has to wonder if the lyrics to this song ran through her mind as she was swallowing all those sleeping pills.)   

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