The single also peaked at No. The music has been described as "a faux European waltz tune,"  and the arrangement is a very simple one of strummed acoustic guitar and bass guitar , with brief bursts of French -style accordion at the start and the end. The arranger and conductor was Ian Green. The song is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples , becomes a member of the jet set , and goes on to live in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close.
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Tuesday 30 April g Monday 22 July I've seen all Where do you go my lovely qualifications You got from the Sorbonne And the painting you stole from Picasso Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does. Donny Osmond and Little Jimmy repeated the trick in the early Seventies. Monday 13 May Sunday Where do you go my lovely June If you are not yet a member, please click here to join. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chicken breast of edem 12 June Wednesday 18 September But [ C ] where do you go to my [ Em ] lovely. It isn't about Sophia Loren, although I would have thought about her because she was very famous and she's in the song in spirit. Monday 24 June In Sarstedt spoke to a gossip columnist for the Daily Express. View full lyrics.
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- But where do you go to my lovely When you're alone in your bed Tell me the thoughts that surround you I want to look inside your head, yes I do.
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Many popular songs catch the feeling of the time. But few songs are able to freeze that moment to the extent that nearly half a century after we first heard it we can sing along to the lyrics. And what a song. Sounding unlike anything else that was around in , it topped the charts all over Europe and in Australia, and was a hit even in Japan.
Just to hear that opening French-sounding accordion, playing in the then dreaded waltz-time — a rhythm your grandparents used to dance to — at the very height of the Sixties, should have condemned it to everlasting obscurity. But the very opposite happened. It touched an international nerve. It was a story, and a mystery. Who was this beautiful woman that Sarstedt was singing about? Was she real? She was a blonde Danish student who became his first wife.
Was she based on someone we all felt we knew, a film star such as Sophia Loren, perhaps, or Nina Van Pallandt from the singing duo Nina and Frederik? Sarstedt never met either. Or was she an ex-lover who had dumped him, and was the song a litany of clues about her?
Sarstedt had come up with the idea busking in Copenhagen in And, while living in a student hostel, in just a few minutes he jotted the lyrics down to create a string of images of a beautiful fantasy girl. His girlfriend at the time and later his first wife was a very beautiful, blonde Danish student called Anita Atke.
And, with her Danish accent, she may well have sounded a little bit to him like Marlene Dietrich. What is striking about the song is the stream of references to glamorous people and locations which infuse it with such a flavour of adventure and sophistication.
Whether Anita danced like French ballet dancer Zizi Jeanmaire — as the girl in the song does — is unlikely, but she probably did look pretty good on the dance floor. Was Anita doing a summer course there when they met, we might wonder. And did she have Rolling Stones albums? It was an inspired line, giving the girl a free-living, sexy allure that The Beatles never suggested. No longer a student, she had become a rich jet-setter, with a career built on her beauty.
A habituee of the gossip columns with perhaps a capricious nature, she steals a painting from Picasso, whom she probably knows from holidaying in Juan-les-Pins on the Riviera where the artist lived.
Not every girl had the bravery to go without a bra on the beach in the Sixties. To say this girl is well-connected would be something of an understatement. But there are always questions about her. Who exactly is this girl, we now want to know. The reveal comes at the end of the song. She spends her rich life trying to forget it. It was a story and a song that captured the hearts of generations. But I still see her. Where DID you go my lovely? Share this article Share.
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Where do you go my lovely. About This Artist
One minute, you're a nobody. The next, you're wearing Balmain and jetsetting to parties. But at evening's end where do you go to? As you're lying there, do images of your non-glittering past, the humble childhood and the first crummy jobs, come swimming up into your head unbidden? I've seen all your qualifications You got from the Sorbonne And the painting you stole from Picasso Your loveliness goes on and on - yes, it does Isn't that a droll way of putting it?
She's round at Pablo's place, and she's so elegant and beautiful she can get away with nicking some unframed doodle leaning against a table leg in his studio, and he's so charmed he pretends not to notice. Judging from his preference for singing "the" as "thee" - "thee Sorbonne", "thee jet set" - Peter Sarstedt is trying vaguely to sing as if English is his second language.
But he's not yet ready to show his hand, and so he gives us a sense of the changing seasons in his subject's life :. When you go on your summer vacation You go to Juan-les-Pins With your carefully designed topless swimsuit You get an even suntan on your back and on your legs. And when the snow falls you're found in Saint Moritz With the others of the jet set And you sip your Napoleon Brandy But you never get your lips wet - no, you don't Your name is heard in high places You know the Aga Khan He sent you a racehorse for Christmas And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, a-ha-ha-ha If the song had had nothing else going for it, that would have been enough to make it unforgettable.
I was on a BBC show in the Nineties with a comedy double act who were doing some topical routine about something or other. And the one guy does his little riff and ends it with the words "for a laugh", and the other guy just went "a-ha-ha-ha".
And the room fell about: Everyone in the studio got it, loved it, roared their heads off. And now, having painted the scene in very vivid colors, it's time for Sarstedt to take the story back to its monochrome origins:.
Two kids in a slum. She's one, and he's the other. And she's moved on, and he can never be part of her life again:. So look into my face, Marie-Claire And remember just who you are Then go and forget me forever It was said that the song was about Sophia Loren, who was abandoned as a child and grew up on "the back streets of Naples".
Only Peter Sarstedt knew the truth. Where did he go to with his lovely when he's alone? If you got to look inside his head, what would you see? Who exactly would his muse, the girl dressed by Balmain and sipping her Napoleon Brandy, turn out to be?
Sarstedt supposedly wrote the song in Copenhagen in , but was thinking of a girl he'd met in Vienna the previous year, and had fallen in love with. So where is she now? Ah, well. She'd apparently died in a fire in some hotel she was staying in. Or so the composer said for decades. Eight years ago, he finally came clean, to the gossip columnist of The Daily Express :.
I made that up because I was under pressure to come up with an explanation. It isn't about Sophia Loren, although I would have thought about her because she was very famous and she's in the song in spirit. Marie-Claire was meant to be a generic European girl but if she was based on anybody it was my then girlfriend Anita Atke.
I had been introduced by a fellow busker when Anita was studying in Paris in the summer of '66 and it was love at first sight. We married in and divorced in Anita is now a dentist in Copenhagen. Peter Sarstedt spent half-a-century singing about wanting to look inside her head.
He's right, though. Doesn't really matter, not if you're busking in Paris in the summer of ' He worked hard to come up with a similar array of cultural allusions: Instead of Marlene Dietrich, there's Isabella Rossellini. Balmain's out, John Galliano's in. But lightning doesn't strike twice, and what came so effortlessly in seems very labored 30 years later.
There are all kinds of weird cover versions by everyone from Right Said Fred to the Finnish rocker Hector. But I still like Peter Sarstedt's original and I felt a little pang upon hearing of his death at the beginning of the year. To some, the jangle of the pseudo-Continental accordion will always signal the opening of a cheesy novelty number.
For others, it evokes a long lost summer in a long lost France. It's such an unusual point of view for a pop song: the glamorous life viewed by a childhood friend left far behind. The pop culture allusions are deft and glib and hugely enjoyable. It's very artfully artless. And at the end, when the violin creeps under and we're back to the back streets of Naples, Sarstedt is actually pondering a rather profound question: What is the essence of identity, and does it survive?
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The single also peaked at No. The music has been described as "a faux European waltz tune,"  and the arrangement is a very simple one of strummed acoustic guitar and bass guitar , with brief bursts of French -style accordion at the start and the end. The arranger and conductor was Ian Green. The song is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up on the poverty-stricken backstreets of Naples , becomes a member of the jet set , and goes on to live in Paris.
The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. The rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle might not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.
Even though Sarstedt himself was not French, the song benefited from the contemporary awareness in Britain of such French and Belgian singers as Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel Belgium -born of Flemish descent. The version on the album Peter Sarstedt is longer than the radio edit version released as a single, having extra stanzas beginning "You go to the embassy parties.
It is often suspected that the name Marie-Claire is inspired by Marie Claire magazine, a women's fashion weekly that began in in France. One theory says that the song is about the Italian actress Sophia Loren , who was abandoned by her father and had a poverty-stricken life in Naples.
Another theory has the song being inspired by Danish singer and actress Nina van Pallandt. And yes, there's reference to her growing up on the 'back streets of Naples,' so I can see why people may think it was written with Sophia Loren in mind.
But that's just a coincidence. I really wasn't thinking of anyone specific. The song was written in Copenhagen. In Sarstedt spoke to a gossip columnist for the Daily Express.
He admitted he had lied about the song being about a socialite who died in a fire. He said that the song was about his girlfriend at the time, whom he later married and then divorced. According to Mark Steyn, "Anita is now a dentist in Copenhagen. Peter Sarstedt has spent 40 years singing about wanting to look inside her head. The song was a hit far exceeding Sarstedt's other work, although he is not a one-hit wonder.
DJ John Peel repeatedly stated that the song was one of his least favorites. Really have hated it ever since I first heard it. The song was to feature the same waltz feel as the original. But Sarstedt's retirement from the music industry meant that the track was abandoned.
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