Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)

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"Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Incognito
Released October 1987 (1987-10)
Format 7"
Genre Pop
Length 4:19
Label CBS
Writer(s) Luc Plamondon, Daniel Lavoie
Producer(s) Jean-Alain Roussel
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)"
"La religieuse"
Music video
"Lolita" on YouTube

"Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" (meaning "Lolita (Too Young to Love)") is the third single from Celine Dion's album Incognito, released in October 1987 in Quebec, Canada.[1]

The song was composed and produced by Jean-Alain Roussel and the lyrics were written by Luc Plamondon. The song references Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and the lyrics describe a young woman who insists that she is not "too young" for love. According to Dion, "When I saw what Luc had written, I was bowled over. Like Eddy, Luc had explored my inner life. What he had written was so close to me that I couldn't help being really unsettled by it."[2] Dion said the song described her love for her manager and future husband René Angélil, "The first time I sang the words to 'Lolita,' I was in front of René, and I sang it to arouse him."[2]

The single was released with "Ma chambre" as B-side. "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" was very successful reaching number 1 in Quebec for two weeks. It entered the chart on 3 October 1987 and spent twenty two weeks on it.

An early music video was made for the Incognito TV special aired in September 1987, produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and directed by Jacques Payette. Later, a second commercial music video was filmed in Scotland also directed by Jacques Payette in 1987. It features Dion walking around Edinburgh and taking the bus. According to Dion's publicist at the time, Mia Dumont, the video stunned her fans, as it marked her transition from child star to adult artist. "All of a sudden she had this body," Dumont said. "These legs from here to there. And she was beautiful. People could see that she was beautiful."[3] This video can be found on Dion's DVD called On ne change pas.

The song was later included on the 2005 greatest hits album On ne change pas.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Canadian 7" single

  1. "Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)" – 4:19
  2. "Ma chambre" – 4:14


Chart (1987) Peak
Quebec (ADISQ)[4] 1


  1. ^ Incognito. Retrieved 31 January 1996.
  2. ^ a b Benderson, Bruce (1 December 2001). Celine Dion: My Story, My Dream. HarperCollins. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-380-81905-8. 
  3. ^ Zahn, Paula (22 October 2002). "The 'ultimate diva'". CNN. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Québec Info Musique: Céline Dion". Québec Info Musique. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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