Louise (Bonnie Tyler song)

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"Louise"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Wings
Released 2005 (promo release)
19 June 2006[1] (single release)
Genre Pop
Length 3:48
Label Stick Music
Writer(s) Paul D. Fitzgerald, Bonnie Tyler
Producer(s) John Stage
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"Vergiß Es (Forget It)"
(2004)
"Louise"
(2005)
"Celebrate"
(2006)
Promotional cover art

"Louise" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for her fifteenth studio album, Wings (2005). It was written by Tyler and Paul D. Fitzgerald, and produced by Jean Lacene (under the alias "John Stage"). The song was released as the lead single from Wings, first as a promotional single in 2005, and as an official single on 19 June 2006 by Stick Music. The lyrics depict Tyler pleading with another woman not to steal her lover.

The song was not a commercial success, but was the first single Tyler had self-written. She also recorded the song in French. A music video was recorded in Tunisia and released on the 2006 CD single.

Composition[edit]

Cquote1.pngA panther's walk – a panther's talk
A million men – still buy itCquote2.png

— Lyrics omitted from the official version

"Louise" was written by Bonnie Tyler and French songwriter Paul D. Fitzgerald. Footage of Tyler composing the song with him was shot for a UK television program entitled "On Show", which included promotion for Tyler's latest album.[2] When Tyler first heard the draft put together by Fitzgerald, she was impressed. "It's a really gorgeous song, it's really ballsy as well," Tyler remarked.[2]

In the album CD sleeve, two lines from the first verse of "Louise" are written, though do not appear in the official version of the song.[3] The extra material can be found online, however.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in MV Ydra (an old Greek shipwreck) on the coast of Tunisia close to the city of Bizerte and included shots of MV Tarpon Sentinel, another nearby Greek shipwreck.[5] A short excerpt of Tyler filming inside the ship was released on her 2007 DVD, Bonnie on Tour. A makeup artist was hired for the video and visited Tyler in her hotel room at 5:30AM. She was ready for shooting two hours later, though disliked the job the artist had done and did it herself.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Louise Chart peak
Poland 7[citation needed]
French Dance Charts 20[citation needed]

Releases[edit]

In 2005, "Louise" was released as a promotional disc in France alongside the album.[7] Then in 2006, Wings was re-released in the UK and the single was released on a second disc.[8]

Promotional release (2005)[7]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Louise" (Album version) Paul D. Fitzgerald, Bonnie Tyler 3:48
2. "Louise" (French version) Fitzgerald, Tyler 3:45

Single release (2006)[8][1]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Louise" (Album version) Paul D. Fitzgerald, Bonnie Tyler 3:48
2. "Hold Out Your Heart" (Live at La Cigale) Fitzgerald, Tyler 4:00
3. "Louise" (Music video) Fitzgerald, Tyler 3:40
4. "Driving Me Crazy" (Live at La Cigale) Fitzgerald, Tyler 3:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bonnie Tyler – Louise". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Tyler, Bonnie (March 2005). "In One Voice". On Show. BBC Wales.
  3. ^ "Liner notes". Wings (Booklet). Bonnie Tyler. Paris: Stick Music. 2005. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Bonnie Tyler - Louise (long version)". YouTube. Google Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. ^ artificialowl.net. "The remains of a rusted giant off the north coast of Tunisia", retrieved 23 February, 2013
  6. ^ Tyler, Bonnie (14 March 2007). This Morning, ITV.
  7. ^ a b Louise on musicstack.com. Retrieved 23 February, 2013
  8. ^ a b Louise on eil.com. Single re-released in 2006. Retrieved 23 February, 2013