Avec le temps (Léo Ferré song)

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"Avec le temps"
Léo Ferré - Avec le temps.jpg
Single by Léo Ferré
Recorded21 October 1970[1]
Songwriter(s)Léo Ferré
Producer(s)Richard Marsan [fr]
Léo Ferré singles chronology
"La The Nana"
"Avec le temps"
"La Solitude"

"Avec le temps" ("With time") is a 1970 song written, composed and sung by the French artist Léo Ferré. It was recorded in October 1970 for volume 2 of his Amour Anarchie album, but the record label dismissed the song, seen as not suiting the general mood of others songs.

It was first released as a 45, then on a compilation LP in 1972 called Avec le temps : Les chansons d'amour de Léo Ferré.

This tragic and beautifully sad love song, inspired by Ferré's own disenchantment and recent breakup, was an instant classic. It is one of his most famous songs (along with Paris canaille, Jolie Môme [fr], C'est extra [fr]), becoming with time the most constantly covered French song worldwide.

Single cover[edit]

The cover photography is by the photographer Patrick Ullmann [fr].


  • Danielle Licari: vocals (uncredited) on "L'Adieu".
  • The orchestra consists of session musicians hired for the recording.


Covers and adaptations[edit]

Avec le temps was performed, among others, by: Céline Dion, Jacques Brel, Bernard Lavilliers, Hiba Tawaji, Catherine Sauvage, Dalida, Philippe Léotard, Renée Claude, Henri Salvador, Catherine Ribeiro, Juliette Gréco, Alain Bashung, Michel Jonasz, Belinda Carlisle, Abbey Lincoln, Mônica Passos [fr], Bertrand Cantat, Youn Sun Nah, the duet Brad Mehldau and Anne Sofie von Otter, Johnny Hallyday, Tony Hymas...


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