Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Album: The Very Best of Edith Piaf (1960)

Songfacts®:

  • Edith Piaf decided to retire in 1960. A few months later, she was persuaded to make a comeback by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire, two young French songwriters, who had written the song "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." At first she refused to see them or take their song seriously. Dumont recalls in The Daily Express, June 30, 2007, "When I started playing the piano, Piaf's attitude changed immediately. She made me play it over and over again, maybe 5 or 6 times. She said that it was magnificent, wonderful. That it was made for her."
  • The title is French for "No, I Regret Nothing."
  • The character Edith Bunker, the mother on the TV series All in the Family, was named after her Piaf.
  • This was featured in the 2010 movie Inception as the song the team of dream warriors would use as a signal to get out of the dream. Marion Cotillard, who played Mal in the film, won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Piaf in the 2007 film La Vie en Rose. The music cue they use for the "kick" in the film is a slowed-down version of this song.

Comments: 2

  • Charles from Bronxville, NyOn his album "Blue Moves" Elton John wrote a song about Edith Piaf entitled "Cage the Songbird." Graham Nash and David Crosby sing backing harmonies. It's an undiscovered jewel.
  • Charles from Glenside, PaLOL - Edith Bunker was named after the Little Sparrow? I'll remember that every time I hear her screaching voice at beginning of 'All in the Family'.
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