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"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.
- By Serge Gainsbourg :
- By Juliette Gréco :
- 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. 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.
- Bruno Podalydès used this song in the comedy Dieu seul me voit (Versailles-Chantiers) (1998).
- In Ron Howard's Da Vinci Code (2006), this song is played in the car of a French police officer.
- Pascale Ferran used this song in the film Bird People (2014).
- Madeleine Peyroux performed this song in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (2017).