Ne me quitte pas

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For the 1972 album, see Ne Me Quitte Pas (album). For the Regina Spektor song, see Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas).
"Ne Me Quitte Pas"
Song by Jacques Brel from the album La Valse à Mille Temps
Published 1959
Released 1959
Recorded 11 September 1959
Length 3:52
Label Philips Records
Writer Jacques Brel

"Ne me quitte pas" (English: "Don't leave me") is a 1959 French song by the Belgian chansonnier (singer-songwriter) Jacques Brel. It has been covered in the original French by many artists and has also been translated into and performed in many other languages. A well-known adaptation, with English lyrics by Rod McKuen, is "If You Go Away".

Background[edit]

Jacques Brel first recorded this song on 11 September 1959, released on his fourth album La Valse à Mille Temps.[1] The song is published by Warner-Chappell Publishing. In 1961 a Dutch-language version sung by Brel was released on the Philips label. Entitled "Laat me niet alleen", with lyrics by Ernst van Altena and was a B-side to an also Dutch-language version of Marieke.[2] Brel recorded another version as the title track of his 1972 album.

The lyrics "Moi, je t'offrirai des perles de pluie venues de pays où il ne pleut pas" ("I'll offer you rain pearls from lands where it does not rain") are sung to a theme borrowed from the second part, Lassan (Andante), of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by the composer Franz Liszt.

Ne me quitte pas was written after Brel's mistress "Zizou" (Suzanne Gabriello) threw him out of her life.[3] Zizou was pregnant with Brel's child, but Brel refused to acknowledge the child as his own. Zizou later had an abortion due to Brel's actions.[3]

It is considered by some as "Brel's ultimate classic".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

French[edit]

Arabic[edit]

  • 2012:
    • Mashrou' Leila's version "ما تتركني هيك - ne me quitte pas". Indie band from Lebanon performed the cover-version at Paleo Festival Nyon – (Chapiteau / Switzerland) in 2012.

Armenian[edit]

  • 1976:
    • Onnik Dinkjian's version "Yete Heranas." Recorded by Onnik Dinkjian with John Berberian (oud) and others (all from the US) on the album "Inner Feelings of Onnik." (US release)

Afrikaans[edit]

  • 1980:
  • 2011:
    • Herman van den Berg's version "Laat my by jou bly".

Catalan[edit]

Croatian[edit]

Czech[edit]

Dutch[edit]

  • 1961:
  • 1968:
  • 25 April 2013:
    • Brigitte Kaandorp's version "Lieve koningin", an homage to (the about to be abdicating) Queen Beatrix.[8]

English[edit]

Main article: If You Go Away

The pop standard "If You Go Away", with lyrics by Rod McKuen, has been covered by many artists. Different lyrics by Momus render the song as "Don't Leave" for his 1986 album Circus Maximus. American duo the Black Veils translate the song as "Don't Leave Me" on their 2009 album Troubadours, which includes translations of six other French chansons. Sang by Holcombe Waller in Ryan Trecartin's "Sibling Topics (section a)" at 23:10.

  • 1969
    • Scott Walker recorded a cover of "Ne me quitte pas" on his third solo album Scott 3, originally released in 1969. Scott Walker released various Brel covers on the albums Scott 1, 2 & 3, which were translated by Mort Shuman.
    • Caro Emerald recorded a French/English version of 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' in 2014. It was released as a single in March 2014.

Finnish[edit]

Frisian[edit]

German[edit]

  • 1976
    • Klaus Hoffmann "Geh nicht fort von mir"; "Bitte geh nicht fort" (1997)

Greek[edit]

  • 1971:
    • Vicky Leandros in the album Pes mou pos mporeis (Tell me how you can).
  • 1979:
    • Yiannis Parios in the LP Tha Me Thymithis (You will remember me), with the title "Mi me afinis mi" (Don't leave me, don't).
  • 1996:
    • Haris Alexiou in her live album: Gyrizontas ton kosmo (During my world tour).
  • 2007:
    • Yiannnis Parios' live rendition of the aforementioned song.
  • 2009:

Hebrew[edit]

  • 1974: Dani Granot Sang "Ana Al Telchi" - Please don't go(אנא אל תלכי), a translation by Dafna Eilat, in his album Shkiot Nashim Vechol Hashar.
  • 1992: The late Yossi Banai sings Al telchi mikan - Don't go from here(אל תלכי מכאן), a translation by Naomi Shemer, in the Im neda' le'ehov – Songs of Jacques Brel (אם נדע לאהוב) record
  • 2001: Rita and Rami Kleinstein sang the same Hebrew version live in their tour, that was later released on a CD, Rita Rami On Stage
  • 2008: Itay Pearl Israeli composer http://www.itaypearl.com, wrote a song as a response to the original Jacques Brel version.
  • 2009: Shlomi Shaban: Translated by Dory Manor, Al Telchi Achshav - Don't go now (אל תלכי עכשיו).

Italian[edit]

Polish[edit]

Portuguese[edit]

  • 1974:
  • 1979:
    • Altemar Dutra (Brazil) "Se Você Partir" – Se Você Partir (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (J.Brel – Romeo Nunes)
  • 1989:
    • Raimundo Fagner (Brazil) "Não Me Deixes" – Não Me Deixes (Ne Me Quitte Pas) (J. Brel – Fausto Nilo)

Russian[edit]

  • 1973:
  • 1995:
    • Igor Ivanov's version "Если ты уйдёшь" (CDRDM 502065, CD album "Игорь Иванов – Я тебя помню", 1995)[10]
  • 2001:

Slovene[edit]

Spanish[edit]

  • 1997:
  • 1977:
  • ?:
    • Matt Monroe "No me dejes no"
    • Alma Ritano "No me dejes no"
  • 2011:
    • Fito Páez: "Ne me quitté pás", Album: "Canciones para Aliens"

Swedish[edit]

Turkish[edit]

Yiddish[edit]

  • 2008:
    • Mendy Cahan's version "לאָז מיך נישט אַלײן"

Multilingual[edit]

Instrumental[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the critically acclaimed TV show Person of Interest. "Ne Me Quitte Pas" was used by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar in his sixth film, Law of Desire, in a striking performance by Brazilian singer Maysa Matarazzo. A parody of the song and the singer, as the archetypal chansonnier, was performed by Italian actor Gigi Proietti.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jacques-Brel-N-4/master/166990
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Jacques-Brel-Marieke-Laat-Me-Niet-Alleen-Ne-Me-Quitte-Pas/release/1466230
  3. ^ a b Christian Lamet, Stan Cuesta, François Gorin, François Ducray (2007). La chanson française (in French). Paris: Scali. p. 234. ISBN 235012097X. 
  4. ^ Robine, Marc. "Quand on n'a que l'amour- Jacques Brel". Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Confusion between Suzanne Langlois and Jacques Brel". Second Hand Songs. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Sting – Ne Me Quitte Pas – (live)". YouTube. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  7. ^ "Maria Gadú – Ne Me Quitte Pas – (live)". YouTube. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ Discogs.com: album "Радмила Караклаич" (LP, USSR 1973)
  10. ^ Igor Ivanov's Discography
  11. ^ "nun me romp er ca". 

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