Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus

Je T'Aime... Moi Non PlusThus far, our morning music selections have been very, very America. So I thought I would get very, very French for a day. Perhaps it is too early in the day for it, but this is the Serge Gainsbourg song “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus,” which literally means, “I love you… me neither.” The lyrics are thinly disguised sexual references, such as, “Tu vas, tu vas, et tu viens,” which means, “You’re going, you’re going, and you come.” There are also lots of references to water and waves and islands and loins. But you don’t need to speak a word of French to know what the song is all about.

It was written for Brigitte Bardot, and she recorded it with Gainsbourg. But before it was released, he created another version with his English girlfriend, Jane Birkin. It is a far sexier version of the song. And it created a sensation throughout Europe. It was banned in many countries, but was nonetheless hugely successful. In America, it only made it to number 58 on the Hot 100. This is because Americans are boring, and the American ideal of masculinity is based on a deep fear that all American men are actual gay, and that this will become clear if they don’t constantly act like jerks.

This is an amazing song.

5 thoughts on “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus

  1. Ah, nothing makes the day go better than a nice rising video the Eiffel Tower, especially with a contemplative cigarette afterwards. Snicker!

    Truly a memorable occasion. Thank you.

    • Yeah, I loved that tilt up to the tower. I’m sure they were so pleased when they did that. But come on! The film can’t be less explicit than the song!

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