Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je t’aime… moi non plus

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je t’aime… moi non plus

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je t’aime… moi non plus

Je t’aime… moi non plus” (French for “I love you… nor do I”) is a French duet written by Serge Gainsbourg. It was written for and sung with Brigitte Bardot in 1967, but that version was not released until 1986. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded a version with his lover, Jane Birkin. It reached number one in the UK, but was banned in several countries due to its sexual content.

The song was a commercial success throughout Europe. By 1986, it had sold four million copies. In the UK, it was released on the Fontana label, but, after reaching number 2, it was withdrawn for sale. Gainsbourg arranged a deal with Major Minor Records and on re-release it reached number one, the first banned number one single in the UK and the first single in a foreign language to top the charts. It stayed on the UK chart for 31 weeks. It reached 69 on the Billboard chart in the US; the New York Times called this a “poetic fluke”, and Gainsbourg’s reaction was “Superbe, superbe”! Mercury Records, the US distributor, faced criticism that the song was “obscene” and there was limited airplay, limiting US sales to around 150,000.

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je t’aime… moi non plus (Video)

 

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je t’aime… moi non plus (Lyrics)

[Jane]
Je t’aime je t’aime, oh oui je t’aime
[Serge]
Moi non plus
[Jane]
Oh mon amour
[Serge]
Comme la vague irrésolue
Je vais, je vais et je viens entre tes reins
Je vais et je viens entre tes reins et je me retiens

[Jane]
Je t’aime je t’aime, oh oui je t’aime
[Serge]
Moi non plus
[Jane]
Oh mon amour, tu es la vague, moi l’île nue
Tu vas, tu vas et tu viens entre mes reins
Tu vas et tu viens entre mes reins et je te rejoins

Je t’aime je t’aime, oh oui je t’aime
[Serge]
Moi non plus
[Jane]
Oh mon amour
[Serge]
Comme la vague irrésolue
Je vais, je vais et je viens entre tes reins
Je vais et je viens entre tes reins et je me retiens

[Jane]
Tu vas, tu vas et tu viens entre mes reins
Tu vas et tu viens entre mes reins et je te rejoins

Je t’aime je t’aime, oh oui je t’aime
[Serge]
Moi non plus
[Jane]
Oh mon amour
[Serge]
L’amour physique est sans issue
Je vais je vais et je viens entre tes reins
Je vais et je viens, je me retiens
[Jane]
Non ! Maintenant viens.

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