N'avoue jamais

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France "N'avoue jamais"
Eurovision Song Contest 1965 entry
Country France
Artist(s) Guy Mardel
Language French
Composer(s) Françoise Dorin
Lyricist(s) Guy Mardel
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Finals performance
Final result 3rd
Final points 22
Appearance chronology
◄ "Le chant de Mallory" (1964)   
"Chez nous" (1966) ►

"N'avoue jamais" ("Never admit") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1965, performed in French by Guy Mardel. Mardel also wrote the lyric and the melody was composed by Françoise Dorin.

The song was performed eleventh on the night under the baton of Franck Pourcel. The performance followed Sweden's Ingvar Wixell with "Absent Friends" and preceded Portugal's Simone de Oliveira with "Sol de inverno". At the close of voting, it had received 22 points, placing 3rd in a field of 18.

The song is sung as words of advice to young women, with Mardel counselling them never to admit their feelings to their lovers. He contends that "you have to sow doubt to reap love" - in other words, the woman will receive favours in order to earn her love if she does not give it openly. Mardel also recorded the song in Spanish and Italian, as "Jamás, jamás" and "Non dire mai" respectively.

It was succeeded as French representative at the 1966 Contest by Dominique Walter with "Chez nous".

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