Where do u go to my lovely?

Time for a song.

I am in the mood for some oldies. It has been a while since I last heard this song, but I still love it so much. It is is about a girl named Marie-Claire from the “back streets of Naples” who grows up to become a member of the jet set, and lives in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. The rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle may not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.

I love songs with some stories inside. In this one you can see a whole movie of glamour, then trace this life back to its origins and leave it to ur imagination to see how that woman reached this status. very nice.

Here are the lyrics:

You talk like Marlene Dietrich 
And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire 
Your clothes are all made by Balmain 
And there’s diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are

You live in a fancy apartment
Off the Boulevard Saint-Michel
Where you keep your Rolling Stones records
And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do 
 
But where do you go to my lovely 
When you’re alone in your bed
Tell me the thoughts that surround you 
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

I’ve seen all your qualifications
You got from the Sorbonne
And the painting you stole from Picasso
Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does

When you go on your summer vacation
You go to Juan-les-Pins
With your carefully designed topless swimsuit
You get an even suntan on your back and on your legs

And when the snow falls you’re found in Saint Moritz
With the others of the jet-set
And you sip your Napoleon brandy
But you never get your lips wet, no you don’t

But where do you go to my lovely
When you’re alone in your bed
Won’t you tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

Your name, it is heard in high places
You know the Aga Khan
He sent you a racehorse for Christmas
And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, a-ha-ha-ha

They say that when you get married
It’ll be to a millionaire
But they don’t realize where you came from
And I wonder if they really care, or give a damn

Where do you go to my lovely
When you’re alone in your bed
Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do

I remember the back streets of Naples
Two children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly-born tags, so they try

So look into my face Marie-Claire
And remember just who you are
Then go and forget me forever
But I know you still bear the scar, deep inside, yes you do

I know where you go to my lovely
When you’re alone in your bed
I know the thoughts that surround you
‘Cause I can look inside your head

5 responses to “Where do u go to my lovely?

  1. Superb Song still stands up today.My wife recently visited Paris and made a point of seeking out as many of the places mentioned e.g.-Balmain (shop),Boulevard St Michel, Sorbonne etcc.. just to say she’d been there!

  2. I jumped into this page because I wanted also to hear that oldie again. I would like some help in order to find it and buy it from itunes or just downloaded it from emule. no luck so far. Do you know the title ( is it “Where do you do to, my lovely”), or the artist’s name?.
    Thanks for everything and sorry about my english.
    julio

  3. Thanks Julio for dropping by.
    The name of the song is: “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)”, it was composed in 1969 by Peter Sarstedt.

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