Une Nuit A Paris

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"Une Nuit A Paris" is a mini rock opera by the British rock band 10cc, originally appearing on their 1975 album The Original Soundtrack. Despite never being released as a single, the song appears on several "best of" compilations from the band including The Very Best of 10cc (1997) and Greatest Hits ... And More (2006). The song was written by band members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.

Musically the song can be described as art rock or progressive rock due to its multiple time changes and length.

In English, the title translates as "One Night in Paris" and the suite is divided into three separate parts:

  • Part 1 - One Night in Paris
  • Part 2 - The Same Night in Paris
  • Part 3 - Later That Same Night in Paris

Lyrically the song tells a tale of a British tourist in Paris, France. The locals attempt to con the man into buying items such as a Swiss watch and photographs. Eventually the man ends up in the red-light district and although he feels ripped off, sleeps with a prostitute. Due to a series of complications, a policeman arrives on the scene and is shot dead.

The song is thought[by whom?] to have been an influence on the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, originally from their A Night at the Opera released in late 1975. The melody can also be heard in the overture to Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical The Phantom of the Opera.