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Single by Édith Piaf
Language French
Released 1940
Songwriter(s) Michel Emer (music and lyrics)[1]
Music video
"L'Accordéoniste" (French TV, 1954) on YouTube

"L'Accordéoniste" is a song made famous by Édith Piaf. It was written in 1940 by Michel Emer, who then offered it to her.

Commercial performance[edit]

"L'Accordéoniste" became the first million-seller in Piaf's career.[2]


The song tells a story of a prostitute who loves an accordion player (and the music he plays, namely a dance called java). Then he has to leave for the war. She finds refuge in music, dreaming about how they will live together when he comes back.[3][4][5][6]

Track listings[edit]

10" shellac single Polydor 524 669 (France, 1940)

  1. "Escales"
  2. "L'Accordéoniste"[7]


  1. ^ Humberto Quiroga Lavie. Secretos y Misterios de Hombres y Mujeres de la Ciencia, el Arte y el Deporte. Humberto Quiroga Lavié. pp. 267–. GGKEY:5KU0RFH8HH9. 
  2. ^ David Bret (2000). Marlene Dietrich, My Friend: An Intimate Biography. Robson. ISBN 978-1-86105-319-0. 
  3. ^ Megan Romer (2017-05-04). "Edith Piaf's 10 Best Songs". Thought Co. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  4. ^ Lars Nyre (2 June 2009). Sound Media: From Live Journalism to Music Recording. Routledge. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-1-135-25377-6. 
  5. ^ Hugh Dauncey (5 July 2017). Popular Music in France from Chanson to Techno: "Culture, Identity and Society ". Taylor & Francis. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-1-351-55369-8. 
  6. ^ "Edith Piaf - L' Accordeoniste Lyrics". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  7. ^ "spanishcharts.com - Edith Piaf - Escales". Retrieved 2017-11-07. 

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