"Peut-être toi" (English: "Maybe You") is a 2005 song recorded by the French artist Mylène Farmer. It was the fifth single from her sixth studio album, Avant que l'ombre..., and was released on 21 August 2006. The music video was produced as an animated feature and the lyrics deals with a love relationship. It was a top three hit in France, but its sales were rather modest.
In May 2005, the fans were disappointed when "Q.I" was chosen as the second single, as "Peut-être toi" was already broadcast on radio and then seemed to be a next single. Later, as of 22 May 2006, a rumor announced "Dans les rues de Londres" as the fifth single from the album. However, on 16 June 2006, it was officially announced that "Peut-être toi" would be the fifth and last single from Avant que l'ombre....
The song was broadcast for the first time in its radio edit version on 19 June on NRJ. On 26 June, the first remix, called the Miss Farmer's remix, was presented but not played. On 6 July, both versions - the radio edit and the Miss Farmer's remix - were available on digital download websites. Twenty-one days later, the second remix - Cox's remix -, was officially announced. The single was eventually released on 21 August, in three limited editions: CD single, CD maxi et 12" vinyl. The first remix was produced by Bionix, who also produced one of them for "L'amour n'est rien...", and the two others were made by Chris Cox who also remixed "Désenchantée" and "Q.I".
The author Benoît Cachin said the song's lyrics are optimistic, which is very rare in Farmer's career. In the refrain, the singer explains to her lover that he should prevent her from speaking "if her dark universe exceeded her love". The song is punctuated with several "Shut up" sung by Farmer and has dance and electro sonorities. The psychologist Hugues Royer believes that in this song, "there is some caution in the declaration [of love], a decency to say the passion that could be extinguished", which is expressed by the "Shut Up" in the chorus. Love is not seen as being eternal and is only related to the present. It seals the pact of "a requirement of absolute sincerity" in which no error must be committed by one of the lovers, and no routine must appear.
The music video was produced as an anime by Production I.G, a famous Japanese anime company and was written by Katsuhiro Ôtomo after a strip cartoon by Osamu Tezuka, and was directed by Kusumi Naoko, Kazuchika Kise and Shuichi Hirata. It was originally intended to illustrate "Fuck Them All", as the booklet of Music Video IV proves it, indicating that the video was produced in 2005.
On 7 July 2006, the music video was presented by Universal in a twenty-second version on mobile phone, and in its full version by Orange, the day after. Then it was also presented on several websites : on Yahoo Music five days after, and on Orange website, on 21 July. This anime video depicts Farmer as a young and sexy woman with the bun she wore during her second series of concerts tour in 1996. Author Erwan Chuberre considered that the video was "certainly the most innovative one of the year." As the video ends with the death of two lovers who perish when entwined, pierced by an arrow, Royer said that the message of this video is the same as in the story of Romeo and Juliet, i.e. only death can guarantee the eternity of love. Major themes of the video are rebellion and love.
The video, presented on television on 19 July 2006, was the most broadcast of those from the album Avant que l'ombre.... It was also available as download on iTunes on 29 July. During a musical programme named Les 100 Meilleurs Clips du XXIè siècle aired on MCM on 25 February 2007, this video reached number four (behind those of "Fuck Them All" at number one, and "Redonne-moi" at number three) thanks to the voters of the television viewers. On the Yahoo Music France site, the video was awarded "Best Animated Clip 2006".
"Peut-être toi" was never performed on television, but was the opening song of the 2006 series of concerts. It began with a huge "Shut up!", then a cylindrical glass coffin suspended in the airs in which the singer was locked up appeared, went down to the central cross-shaped stage. Six men dressed in black moved it to the center of the stage and placed it on a pedestal. It bowed upright and opened. While the whole stage was then illuminated in red, Farmer, dressed in light brown, came out of it and began to perform the song, starting with the first verse, instead of the refrain.
The single obtained its highest position in France where it debuted at number three on 26 August, selling a peak of 18,144 units. The next weeks, it dropped and remained for a total of nine weeks in top 50 and 15 weeks on the chart. According to the SNEP, "Peut-être toi" was the 97th best-selling singles from the first nine months of 2006.
The single went to number 24 on Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Single Chart on 2 September, and jumped to a peak of number 12 the week after, then dropped. It fell off the chart after seven weeks. In Switzerland, "Peut-être toi" peaked at number 34 in the first week, on 3 September. Then, it crumbled very quickly and remained in the top 100 for seven weeks.