This week it's one of my all-time favourite songs by one of my favourite non-English artists.
Françoise Hardy has been since 1962 an icon of French music, chic fashion, beauty and sensibility.
Probably the first foreign song I ever heard was her first 45rpm Tous les Garçons et les Filles (if you don't count Frère Jacques!) but the song I offer here is from 1965 when she visited London to record an LP in English - after all, this was the early days of Swinging London, the place to be, the land of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones!
Everyone apparently fell in love with the charming girl with a guitar, including the Beatles and the Stones, and Bob Dylan, and a young David Bowie, she epitomised the perceived ideal of a French girlfriend.
She mostly wrote her own songs, personal, but universally appealing to young lovers, and shy romantics. Instinctive, sincere, ingenue, melancholic, fragile, but also independent and proud, classy, quite sophisticated and knowing. I love the beautiful timbre of her voice.
Impossible of course to do justice through just one of her songs,there are so many: Tous les Garcons et les Filles, Voilà, Comme, Je Changerais d'Avis, Message Personnel, Revenge of the Flowers...
This particular song is Dans le Monde Entier, but I prefer the musical arrangement of the English version, All Over The World.
I still own and treasure the original 45rpm disc, with its stylish Vogue logo. And the b-side, Another Place, is equally fantastic, in the days when the b-side was not just a lazy remix.
The video is not the best visual quality but it is quite fun to see what was happening in London's Piccadilly in 1965.
All over the world
people must meet and part
there's someone like me
feeling a pain in their heart
some may meet again
under that same bright star
if maybe some night you come back from afar
who cares if tonight i don't know where you are
Are you thinking of me now
missing having me around?
if you have forgotten me
my world will come tumbling down.
All over the world
others are sad tonight
there's someone like me watching the sun's fading light
all over the sky there is the same warm glow
here under that star i'm wanting you to know
wherever you are that i still
love you so.