Requiem Pour Un Fou

Johnny Hallyday

About Requiem Pour Un Fou

"Requiem pour un fou" (French pronunciation: ​[ʁekɥijɛm puʁ ɛ̃ fu]) is a song by French singer Johnny Hallyday. It was released in 1976.


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Je vous préviens, n'approchez pas
Que vous soyez flic ou badaud
Je tue celui qui fait un pas
Je ne ferai pas de cadeau
Éteignez tous vos projecteurs
Et baissez ces fusils braqués
Non, je ne vais pas m'envoler sans elle

Dites au curé, dites au pasteur
Qu'ailleurs ils aillent se faire pendre
Le diable est passé de bonne heure
Et mon âme n'est plus à vendre
Si vous me laissez cette nuit
À l'aube je vous donnerai ma vie
À quoi me servirait ma vie sans elle?

Je n'étais qu'un fou mais par amour
Elle a fait de moi
Un fou, un fou d'amour
Mon ciel, c'était ses yeux, sa bouche
Ma vie, c'était son corps, son corps
Je l'aimais tant
Que pour la garder, je l'ai tuée
Pour qu'un grand amour vive toujours
Il faut qu'il meurt
Qu'il meurt d'amour

Le jour se lève, la nuit pâlit
Les chasseurs et les chiens ont faim
C'est l'heure de sonner l'hallali
La bête doit mourir ce matin
Je vais ouvrir grand les volets
Crevez-moi le cœur, je suis prêt
Je veux m'endormir pour toujours près d'elle

Je n'étais qu'un fou mais par amour
Elle a fait de moi
Un fou, un fou d'amour
Mon ciel, c'était ses yeux, sa bouche
Ma vie, c'était son corps, son corps
Je l'aimais tant
Que pour la garder, je l'ai tuée
Je ne suis qu'un fou, qu'un fou, un fou d'amour
Un pauvre fou qui meurt
Qui meurt d'amour

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Johnny Hallyday

Jean-Philippe Smet, known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday, French pronunciation: ​[dʒɔ.niɛ] (born 15 June 1943, Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France) is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he was considered by some to have been the French Elvis Presley. He was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a "golden couple" for 20 years. Hallyday has completed 100 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and has sold more than 110 million records. He announced his retirement from performing on 3 December 2007, saying that he would retire in 2009, after a farewell tour. However, Hallyday announced in March 2012 that he would perform in Los Angeles on 24 … more »

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Written by: Gilles Thibaut, Gerard Gilbert Layani

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13 facts about this song

Song Tag
"Requiem Pour un Fou" is a classic song by pop-rock legend Johnny Hallyday, who is also known as the "French Elvis."
Artist Background
Johnny Hallyday, born in Paris in 1943, ushered French cherishing World Music and made Rock and Roll a household genre in France.
Release Detail
The song "Requiem Pour un Fou" was released in 1976 as part of the album "Derriere L'amour."
Cultural Impact
It remains one of the most popular songs by Johnny Hallyday, cherished not just in France but also worldwide, contributing to French and global pop culture.
Language Factor
"Requiem Pour un Fou" translates to "Requiem for a Madman" in English.
Song Theme
This powerful ballad is a melancholic narrative about love, death, and madness – typical themes in Hallyday's darker works.
Live Performances
"Requiem Pour un Fou" has been performed in many of Hallyday's concerts, highlighting his unique vocal range and emotional intensity.
Chart Performance
Despite its somber theme, "Requiem Pour un Fou" was a major commercial success securing top chart positions in France.
Cover Versions
There have been several cover versions by other artists over the years, paying tribute to Johnny's legacy.
Posthumous Popularity
Following Hallyday's death in 2017, the song’s poignant lyrics took on a new depth, reinforcing its status as a pop-rock classic.
Unique Style
The song is a great representation of Hallyday's unique blend of rock and roll and chanson française (French song tradition).
Digital Streaming
As of the digital age, "Requiem Pour un Fou" continues to be streamed on various platforms, indicating its timeless appeal.
Impact on Artist’s Career
This song is amongst the classics that stamped Johnny Hallyday’s position as a French music icon.

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