Learn French with music: Elle me dit - Mika

French with music_Je ne regrette rien Ed

If you are wondering who sang Non, je ne regrette rien, then obviously you are looking for Edith Piaf, this famous French singer who has marked the entire world with her voice.

The song " Je ne regrette rien" has been written by Charles Dumont and sang for the first time by Edith Piaf in October 1960. This was her last successful song as she died 3 years later in 1963.

Due to the success of this legendary song, a lot of well-renowned singers like Johnny Halliday, Tina Arena, Patricia Kaas, made other versions of it.

Edith Piaf inspired the French army and "Non, je ne regrette rien" became the hymn of the French Foreign Legion as they totally agreed with the message her song was conveying. They didn't regret anything about the battles of the war.

This is one of my favorite classic songs. It is romantic,  nice to listen to, and conveys a positive message. It is about starting over a new relationship, with a bunch of positivity and without any regret.

 

Below, you will find the video,  lyrics in French with their English translation as well as an exercise for practising your vocabulary.

French Lyrics of  the song "Elle me dit" with their English translation

Poum, poum, poum, poum

Poum, poum, poum, poum

Hey!

Elle me dit

Écris une chanson contente

Pas une chanson déprimante

Une chanson que tout le monde aime

Elle me dit

Tu deviendras milliardaire

T'auras de quoi être fier

Ne finis pas comme ton père

Elle me dit

Ne t'enfermes pas dans ta chambre

Vas-y, secoue-toi et danse

Dis-moi c'est quoi ton problème

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal
Tout ça m'est bien égal
Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
C'est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé

Translation

No, absolutely nothing

No, I don't regret anything

Neither the good things that have been done to me

Nor the bad,

It's all the same to me

No, absolutely nothing

No, I don't regret anything

It is paid off, wiped away, forgotten

I don't care about the past

Avec mes souvenirs
J'ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n'ai plus besoin d'eux
Balayé les amours
Avec leurs trémolos
Balayé pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Translation

With my memories

I lighted up the fire

My sorrows, my pleasures

I don't need them anymore

Swept away the lovers

With  their tumultuousness

Swept away forever

I am starting over

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu'on m'a fait
Ni le mal
Tout ça m'est bien égal
Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie
Car mes joies
Aujourd'hui
Ça commence avec toi

Translation

No, absolutely nothing

Neither the good things that have been done to me

Nor the bad,

It's all the same to me

No, absolutely nothing

No, I don't regret anything

Because my life,

Because my joys

Today,

They start with you

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Practise your vocabulary with this quiz

Here is the quiz to test your vocabulary. After taking it, you should be able to know all the common expressions of the song Je ne regrette rien.