The song is available on many album by Goldman, including his live albums En Public, Du New Morning au Zénith and En passant tournée 1998, and his compilations Entre gris clair et gris foncé, Intégrale, Les Enfoirés à l'Opéra, Singulier 81/89 and Pluriel 90/96. The live version recorded in 1999 was very different from the original and had rap sounds ; it also added lyrics in English-language sung by Michale Jones. The song deals with a non-reciprocal love and is not autobiographical.
In France, the single started at #13 on 26 April 1986 and reached a peak of number five for two non consecutive weeks. It remained for seven weeks in the top ten and 21 weeks in the top 50 and achieved Silver status.
In 1997, the song was covered by French R&B band Melgroove and released as a single, becoming a hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia). This version is very different from the original one as the three voices of the singers are superposed in the chorus. In addition, the original structure of the song was changed since "Pas toi" begins with the chorus.
The song was performed by La troupe des Dix Commandements on French show Tapis rouge, broadcast of France 2 on 3 March 2001. Chorus Meps (1998), Michel Leclerc (2000, piano version) and the Collège de l'Estérel (2002) recorded a new version of the song.