Milord

Album: The Very Best of Edith Piaf (1959)
  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • Pronounced "me-lor", along with "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" this is arguably Édith Piaf most recognizable song, and like "Non," was also recorded by her in English, after a fashion.

    Released in 1959, it has lyrics by Georges Moustaki and music in 2/4 time by regular Piaf collaborator Marguerite Monnot. Known alternatively as "Ombre De La Rue" - literally "shadow on the street" - this is a song that harks back to Piaf's own youth as it is addressed by a young woman, very likely a prostitute, to an English gentleman.

    Although Piaf never sold her body, she did have the misfortune of growing up in a brothel.

    A massive hit including in Germany, it was recorded several times in English, by Cher, among others, and in both Italian and Swedish. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Strange MagneticsSong Writing

How Bing Crosby, Les Paul, a US Army Signal Corps Officer, and the Nazis helped shape rock and Roll.

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top ProverbSong Writing

How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.

Barry Dean ("Pontoon," "Diamond Rings And Old Barstools")Songwriter Interviews

A top country songwriter, Barry talks about writing hits for Little Big Town, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.