TABLEAU DE PARIS A CINQ HEURES DU MATIN

Latest update on 22/05/2014

Artist: Renée Jean
Author: Marc-Antoine Desaugiers
Year: 1930s

Live au Lapin Agile, Montmartre's oldest café cabaret. Written in 1802 to the tune of the 18th century contradance La Rosière. Dutronc's cover is a totally different song, apart from the subject ant the last line: "Tout Paris s'éveille, allons nous coucher".

Covers:

1960:

Marc Et André [on Pacific; were specialized in traditional French repertoire like Frère Jacques, J'ai du bon tabac, Dans les prisons de Nantes, Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman and such]

1968:

Jacques Dutronc [more than just a few lyrical similarities in Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille; lyricists Jacques Lanzmann and Anne Segalen were indeed inspired by some of Desangiers' toponymes (La Vilette), while his "épiciers, fruitières, écaillères et ramoneurs" made room for more up-to-date night people as "travestis, stripteaseuses, ouvriers déprimés et banlieusards"; flute: Roger Bourdin; released in May while Paris' streets were on fire, day and night]

2004:

An Pierlé [idem]

2008:

Rob De Nijs [as Parijs Ontwaakt]

Marc-Antoine Desaugiers was a royalist who fled to America during the French Revolution. Once back in Paris he became one of the first stars in vaudeville. None of his songs outlived him.

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