La source (song)

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France "La source"
Eurovision Song Contest 1968 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Daniel Faure
Lyricist(s)
Henri Dijan, Guy Bonnet
Conductor
Finals performance
Final result
3rd
Final points
20
Appearance chronology
◄ "Il doit faire beau là-bas" (1967)   
"Un jour, un enfant" (1969) ►

"La source" ("The Spring") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, performed in French by Isabelle Aubret. This was Aubret's second appearance on the Eurovision stage, in 1962 she had won the Contest with "Un premier amour". In turn, one of the lyricists of "La source", Guy Bonnet, would return to the Contest as an artist in 1970 and 1983, singing "Marie-Blanche" and "Vivre" respectively.

"La source" was performed tenth on the night, following Finland's Kristina Hautala with "Kun kello käy" and preceding Italy's Sergio Endrigo with "Marianne". At the close of voting, it had received 20 points, placing 3rd in a field of 17.

The song deals - unusually for songs at the time, especially in the Contest - with the topic of rape, with Aubret describing such an event in some detail. Aubret also recorded the song in German, then under the title "Such' mich dort, wo die Sonne scheint".

It was succeeded as French representative at the 1969 Contest by Frida Boccara with "Un jour, un enfant".

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