L'amour ça fait chanter la vie

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Belgium "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie"
Eurovision Song Contest 1978 entry
Country Belgium
Artist(s) Jean Vallée
Language French
Composer(s) Jean Vallée
Lyricist(s) Jean Vallée
Conductor Jean Musy
Finals performance
Final result 2nd
Final points 125
Appearance chronology
◄ "A Million in One, Two, Three" (1977)   
"Hey Nana" (1979) ►

"L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" ("Love, it makes life sing") was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978, performed in French by Jean Vallée. This was Vallée's second participation in the Contest, in 1970 he had finished 8th with "Viens l'oublier".

"L'amour ça fait chanter la vie" was performed tenth on the night (following Switzerland's Carole Vinci with "Vivre" and preceding the Netherlands' Harmony with "'t Is OK"). At the close of voting, it had received 125 points, coming second in a field of twenty after Israel's "A-Ba-Ni-Bi". This would remain Belgium's best showing in the Contest until Sandra Kim's win with "J'aime la vie" in 1986.

The song is a dramatic ballad about the power of love, specifically the way in which it can enhance life. The lyrics include the image that love makes one "a musician/A real little Chopin/just for a blonde". Vallée also recorded the song in English and Spanish as, respectively, "Goodbye" and "El amor hace cantar la vida".

It was succeeded as Belgian representative in the 1979 Contest by Micha Marah singing "Hey Nana".

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