La Javanaise

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"La Javanaise"
Single by
Serge Gainsbourg or
Juliette Gréco
Format7" single
Songwriter(s)Serge Gainsbourg

"La Javanaise" is a song written and composed by Serge Gainsbourg originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The first recordings of both artists constituted the B-sides of each of the two 45s.

Recording Information[edit]

  • By Serge Gainsbourg :
    • Recording Date : January 1963 at Studio Fontana (London)
    • Arrangements and conducting : Harry Robinson
    • Producer : Jacques Plait
    • Format : 45 rpm EP Philips 432-862 (Title: "Vilaine fille mauvais garçon")
    • Duration : 2:29
    • Release Date : March 1963[1]
  • By Juliette Gréco :
    • Recording Date : 4 April 1963 at Studio Blanqui (Paris)
    • Arrangements and conducting : Jean-Michel Defaye
    • Format : 45 rpm S Philips 373-156
    • Duration : 2:30
    • Release Date : May 1963[1]
  • Publishers : Warner Chappel Music Publishing, Melody Nelson Publishing


One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. […] It seems that Gréco had debuted it in March 1963 by placing it at the beginning of her cabaret tour La Tête de l'art.[1] The title is a pun playing on the Parisian java dancing and the javanais style of speaking. The song heavily employs unaltered French words that naturally have an ⟨av⟩ sequence; thus the lyrics resemble the word game of javanais.

In films[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Source : volume 6 of L'Éternel Féminin by Juliette Gréco (Mercury, 2003).

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