Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps

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"Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps"
Single by David Hallyday
from the album Un Paradis / Un Enfer
B-side "Un Petit Peu de toi"
Released 2 June 1999
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 4:23
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Writer(s) Lionel Florence
David Hallyday
David Hallyday singles chronology
"Hold on Blue Eyes"
(1992)
"Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps"
(1999)
"Pour toi"
(1999)

"Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps" is a 1999 song recorded by French artist David Hallyday. It was the lead single from his album Un Paradis / Un Enfer, released about two weeks after the single, in June 1999. Very moving, it was a smash hit in France (a number-one single) and Belgium (Wallonia) and remains to date David Hallyday's most successful single.

Song information[edit]

The music was composed by the singer himself, while the lyrics were written by Lionel Florence, a famous composer who had previously worked with many artists such as Alain Chamfort, Faudel, Florent Pagny, Jane Birkin, Pascal Obispo and Patricia Kaas (later, it has also composed for Nolwenn Leroy, Natasha St-Pier and many others). The song is dedicated to Hallyday's grandfather and he addresses directly to him in the lyrics.

The song brings emotion "on a spontaneous mode which uses its most forceful sentences from the universe of the children : constructions inspired by the spoken language which break the semantic rules, idealistic oaths as much as solemn". The music seems to express both nostalgy and regrets, created by the guitar in the introduction and the violins in the refrains.[1]

"Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps" is also available on many French compilations, such as Hit Connection - Best Of 1999, Hit Express 8, La Discothèque du XXè siècle, Lionel Florence: des rencontres et des mots (2002) and Hits de diamant (2007).

The song was awarded the Price Vincent Scotto by the SACEM.[2]

In 2006, the song was covered by Chimène Badi, Liane Foly, Maurane and Yannick Noah. Their version was included as tenth track of the first CD on Les Enfoirés' album Le Village des Enfoirés.[3]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the song went to number eight on the SNEP singles chart, on 5 June 1999, three days after its release. It stayed for twenty consecutive weeks in the top ten, including a peak atop in the sixth week. Thereafter, the song almost did not stop to drop, first slowly, then quickly and remained in the top 50 for 29 weeks and in the top 100 for 30 weeks.[4] The song is the 181st best-selling single of all time in France.[5]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single ranked on the Ultratop 40 for 26 weeks. It debuted at number 26 on 19 June 1999, climbed rather quickly and eventually peaked at number two on 7 August. The song managed to stayed for 16 weeks in the top seven, then dropped regularly.[6]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps" — 4:23
  2. "Un Petit Peu de toi" — 3:59

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[9] Diamond November 24, 1999 750,000 801,000[10]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Au Nom de la rose" by Moos
French SNEP number-one single
10 July 1999
Succeeded by
"Tomber la chemise"
by Zebda

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 464,465 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ Prix Vincent Scotto : "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps" David HALLYDAY Sacem.fr (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  3. ^ Le Village des Enfoirés, track listings and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved October 9, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved October 9, 2008)
  5. ^ Best-selling single of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved October 9, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved October 9, 2008)
  7. ^ 1999 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 9 October 2008)
  8. ^ 1999 French Singles Chart Ifop.com (Retrieved 9 October 2008)
  9. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved 9 October 2008)
  10. ^ David Hallyday's sales and certifications in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "HALLYDAY David" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved 9 October 2008)