Si la vie est cadeau
|"Si la vie est cadeau"|
|Single by Corinne Hermès|
|B-side||Pour un jour de toi|
|Released||2 May 1983|
|Format||45 rpm single|
|Label||Polydor Records, PolyGram Music, Saban Records|
|Corinne Hermès singles chronology|
"Si la vie est cadeau" ("If Life is a Gift") by Jean-Pierre Millers (music) and Alain Garcia (lyrics), was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1983, performed in French by French singer Corinne Hermès for Luxembourg.
The song is a dramatic ballad dealing with the wonder of life, likening it to a gift. The lyrics tell of the singer's suffering in love with a man; "who promised her the whole world" and did not follow through, "what about the child I wanted to give to you in the spring?". She then sings that any kind of gift is welcome, whether it be given, stolen or returned, and warns that the good times are too short, implying that the listener should savor them for all they are worth. Hermès also recorded the song in English and German, as "Words of Love" and "Liebe gibt und nimmt" ("Love Gives and Takes") respectively.
The song was performed 20th (last) on the night, following Belgium's Pas de Deux with "Rendez-vous". At the close of voting, it had received 142 points, placing 1st in a field of 20. The win brought Luxembourg equal with France on five Contest wins apiece, however both countries would later be eclipsed by the Republic of Ireland, which would win seven.
Compared to the previous year's Eurovision winners, "Si la vie est cadeau" only proved to be a moderate commercial success, peaking at #2 in France, #3 in Belgium, #12 in Ireland, #13 in Sweden, #14 in Switzerland, #31 in the Netherlands and failing to chart in most other European countries.
The Finnish rendering "Lahjan Sain" was recorded by Lea Laven being the title cut of her 1983 album release.
- Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1983
- Detailed info & lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Si la vie est cadeau"
- Eurovision 1983 performance video on YouTube
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