Johnny Hallyday

About Marie

"Marie" is a 2002 song recorded by French singer Johnny Hallyday. It was the first single from his album À la vie, à la mort !, and was released in October 2002. Written and produced by Gérald De Palmas, it achieved a huge success in France, topping the singles chart and thus becoming Hallyday's second number-one hit on the modern French SNEP Singles Chart since its establishment in 1984. The song was performed during Hallyday's 2003 and 2006 tours and was included on his albums Stars France 2003 and Flashback Tour - Palais des Sports 2006. In France, the single went straight to #2 on 26 October 2002, being blocked for three weeks at this place by Las Ketchup's hit "Aserejé (The Ketchup Song)". It managed to top the chart for three weeks, alterning with Las Ketchup, and totaled 14 weeks in the top ten, 21 weeks in the top 50, and 28 weeks in the top 100. Certified Diamond disc by the SNEP, "Marie" became the ninth best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 729,000 units sold. 


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Oh, Marie, si tu savais
Tout le mal que l'on me fait
Oh, Marie, si je pouvais
Dans tes bras nus me reposer
Évanouie, mon innocence
Tu étais pour moi ma dernière chance
Peu à peu, tu disparais
Malgré mes efforts désespérés

Et rien ne sera jamais plus pareil
J'ai vu plus d'horreurs que de merveilles
Les hommes sont devenus fous à lier
Je donnerais tout pour oublier
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, Marie, si tu savais
Tout le mal que l'on me fait
Oh, Marie, si je pouvais
Dans tes bras nus me reposer
Et je cours toute la journée
Sans savoir où je vais
Dans le bruit, dans la fumée
Je vois des ombres s'entretuer

Demain ce sera le grand jour
Il faudra faire preuve de bravoure
Monter au front en première ligne
Oh, Marie, je t'en prie, fais-moi un signe
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Allongé dans l'herbe, je m'éveille
J'ai vu la mort dans son plus simple appareil
Elle m'a promis des vacances
La mort m'a promis sa dernière danse

Oh, Marie, si tu savais
Tout le mal que l'on m'a fait
Oh, Marie, j'attendrais
Qu'au ciel tu viennes me retrouver
Oh, Marie, j'attendrais
Qu'au ciel tu viennes me retrouver

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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: Gerald De Palmas


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11 facts about this song

Song Background
"Marie" is a song by French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday. It was released in 2002 as part of his album "A la vie, à la mort !", which means 'To life, to death!'
Song's Popularity
The song gained immense popularity and reached number one in the French Singles Chart. It stayed there for a total of seven weeks and became a significant hit in Hallyday's music career.
Album Success
The album "A la vie, à la mort !", where "Marie" is featured, is one of Johnny Hallyday's most successful ones. It sold over a million copies in France.
Song Meaning
The song talks about a man's desperate plea to his beloved woman, Marie, who has left him. He implores her to return and declares his persistent love despite her absence.
Unique Aspect
The music video for "Marie" features Johnny Hallyday wandering around a desolate landscape, conveying the loneliness and desolation the man feels after Marie's departure.
International Success
Despite being primarily popular in French-speaking countries, the song also gained some success internationally.
The Lyricist
The song was written by famous French lyricist Lionel Florence, who has also written for other renowned French artists like Céline Dion and Pascal Obispo.
Music Genre
"Marie" can be classified as a pop rock song, demonstrating Hallyday's versatility as an artist.
Song's Legacy
The song "Marie" is seen as one of Johnny Hallyday's signature songs and is highly recognizable in French music.
Posthumous Recognition
Following Hallyday's death in 2017, there was a resurgence in popularity of his discography, including the song "Marie", reaffirming its status in French pop culture.
Johnny Hallyday's Status
Known as the "French Elvis", Johnny Hallyday was one of France's biggest stars for more than half a century, and "Marie" is considered one of his many classics.

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