I’ve been having a very French week on Spotify and these are the three playlists I have on rotation (there’s occasionally some overlap, like Carla Bruni’s “Quelqu’un m’a dit”, because of course). MessyNessyChic’s “Don’t Be a Tourist in Paris” soundtrack definitely got me into this latest fixation…Also I am so obsessed with Joe Dassin’s “Et si tu n’existais pas”…
I can’t remember when exactly I heard “Autumn Leaves” for the first time, but there’s a good chance it was in an assembly during middle school. I think our student jazz band performed it, and then I bugged my jazz band friend about what the song was, eager to hear it over and over again after that. The song, all about loss and longing, transpiring parallel to the natural, inevitable progression of the seasons…makes feeling wistful feel so damn good.
So I return to it every fall. Only this time—for the sake of this blog—I discover that it was actually originally a French song! (Pardon my cultural ignorance…) The French version, titled “Les feuilles Mortes” (literally “dead leaves”) gives me all the same wonderful chills. Sadly, I can’t seem to find any covers in Chinese or Korean, but I did find it in Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.
Here now, a few lovely renditions, in English and French.
>> Lyrics (EN/FR)