Annie Philippe: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 27, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

533) Annie Philippe — “Qu’il Le Dise” (“Till He Tells Me”)

This ’65 B-side is another yé-yé delight from Annie (see #206, 328), with a cool promo video of her frolicking on the ski slopes.

Elephantsoundz says:

Annie Philippe recorded a bunch of really groovy tunes in the sixties, combining angelical French Yeye with American Girl Group and British Sixties garage sounds. From Phil Spector arrangements with a cute-girl style delivery to French pop ballad orchestration with fuzzy guitars, including handclaps. [Annie Philippe] became a DJ, aged 17, at the Twenty One Club, located at the Rue Balzac near the Champs Élysées, and it was here where she met Paul Mariat. Mariat had already worked with Charles Aznavour and would later enjoy huge success with L’Amour Est Blue, launching the career of the Greek-German Vicky Leandros. After auditioning for Mariat . . . he got Annie her first recording contract . . . and she released her first EP in 1964 . . . including . . . . Unfortunately, she failed to make any impact initially. . . . Annie was getting noticed by the time of her 1965 third EP . . . . The follow up EP [included] her biggest hit Ticket De Quai, a sweet ballad which charted in March 1966.

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“Tout le monde pense qu’il m’aime 
Et que c’est le secret de son cœur 
Je ne vois pas où est le problème 
Je ne vois pas ce qui peut lui faire peur 

Mais ce n’est pas à moi de faire le premier pas 
Et s’il est vraiment amoureux de moi 
Qu’il le dise et je lui tendrai les bras (bis) 

Tout le monde croit que pour moi c’est un jeu 
Je me moque bien de son amour 
Pourtant c’est de sa faute s’il est malheureux 
Tout pourrait changer en un seul jour 

Mais ce n’est pas à moi de faire le premier pas
Et s’il est vraiment amoureux de moi

Qu’il le dise et je lui tendrai les bras (bis) 

Tout le monde ignore que je l’aime aussi 
Depuis le jour où je l’ai rencontré 
Avec lui je suis prête à partager ma vie 
S’il se décide enfin à m’en parler 

Mais ce n’est pas à moi de faire le premier pas 
Et s’il est vraiment amoureux de moi 
Qu’il le dise et je lui tendrai les bras (bis) 

Qu’il le dise et je lui tendrai les bras”

Here is an approximate English version (courtesy of Google Translate):

"Everybody thinks he loves me and it's the secret of her heart.
I do not see where the problem is.  I don't see what can scare him.
But it's not for me to take the first step. .And if he's really in love with me, let him say it and I'll hold out my arms to him (twice).
Everyone thinks that for me it's a game.  I don't care about his love.
Yet it's his fault if he's unhappy.  Everything could change in a day.
But it's not for me to take the first step.  And if he's really in love with me, let him say it and I'll hold out my arms to him (twice).
Everyone ignores that I love him too.  Since the day I met him.
With him I am ready to share my life.  If he finally decides to tell me about it.  But it's not for me to take the first step.
And if he's really in love with me, let him say it and I'll hold out my arms to him (twice).  Let him say it and I'll hold out my arms to him."

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