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Misirlou
(French Lyrics)

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the French version of the Greek song "Misirlou", which is often spelled "Miserlou". This French version was sung by Dario Moreno.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

Music: Nicholas (Nikos) Roubanis

The lyricist for one of the French versions, though I'm not sure which one, was Louis Hennevé, and this version was released in 1953.

Dario Moreno was the stage name of David Arugete, and was born in 1921 to a Jewish family in Izmir, Turkey. He built his musical career in France during the 1950's and 1960's. He would have been only 6 years old when Tetos Demetriades released the original Greek recording of Misirlou in 1927. He died in 1968 at the young age of 47.

Dario Moreno

 

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Sung by Dario Moreno (the Paris Music Hall version)

 

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Lyrics

 

Version on Paris Music Hall

This version of the lyrics appeared on Dario Moreno's albums titled Paris Music Hall, I Love Paris Volume 2, Dario Moreno Gold (1958), and Brigitte Bardot. Parts of these lyrics resemble the English lyrics created in 1941 by Bob Russell, Fred Wise and Milton Leeds.

French Lyrics

English Translation

L'ombre peu à peu s'étend sur le sable, Bit by bit shadows extend over the sand
Et les caravanes prient à genoux. and the caravans drop to their knees to pray
Une première étoile au ciel insondable, The first star appears in the endless sky
Evoque en moi soudain ton amour si doux. Suddenly evoking in me your sweet love
   

Chorus

Chorus

Ah, Misirlou! Ah, Egyptian girl!
Reine des reines, maîtresse de mon cœur, Queen of queens, mistress of my heart,
C'est toi que j'aime, c'est toi mon seul bonheur. It's you that I love, you're my sole happiness.
Ah, Misirlou! Ah, Egyptian girl!
   

Verse

Verse

Le désert s'endore sous la lune calme, The desert has fallen under the calm moon,
La piste d'argent conduit au bonheur. The silver trail leads to happiness.
Bientôt apparaitront les altières palmes, Soon, the proud palm trees will appear
Où vont faire leur nid nos deux tendres cœurs. Where our two tender hearts will snuggle.
   

Chorus

Chorus

Ah, Misirlou! Ah, Egyptian girl!
Reine des reines, maîtresse de mon cœur, Queen of queens, mistress of my heart,
C'est toi que j'aime, c'est toi mon seul bonheur. It's you that I love, you're my sole happiness.
Ah, Misirlou! Ah, Egyptian girl!

 

Version on Best of Gold Dario Moreno

This version of the lyrics appeared on Dario Moreno's album titled Best of Gold. They match fairly closely to the original Greek version as sung by Tetos Demetriades.

Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

French Lyrics

English Translation

Misirlou, ton doux regard
Egyptian girl, your sweet gaze
A allumé une flamme dans mon cœur,
Lights a flame in my heart
akh yakhabibi, akh ya leleli, akh,
oh my love (1), oh leleli (2)
Tes lèvres de miel, oime! Your lips of honey, oh my! (3)
   
Ah! Misirlou, beauté magique et enchanteresse Ah! Egyptian girl, magical beauty and enchantress
Je deviens fou, je ne peux plus souffrir
I'm becoming crazy, I can't suffer any more
Ah! Je vais te voler à l'Arabie
Ah! I'm going to steal you from within Arabia.
   
Ma Misirlou aux yeux noirs
My Egyptian girl with the black eyes
Un seul de tes baisés allume une flamme en moi Just one of your kisses lights a fire in me
akh yakhabibi, un petit baisé
de tes lèvres douces, oime!
Ah, my love, one little kiss from your lips, oh my!
   
Ah! Misirlou, beauté magique et enchanteresse Ah! Egyptian girl, magical beauty and enchantress
Je deviens fou, je ne peux plus souffrir
I'm becoming crazy, I can't suffer any more
Ah! Je vais te voler à l'Arabie Ah! I'm going to steal you from within Arabia.
  1. "Ya habibi" is an Arabic expression for "oh my love" or “oh my darling”
  2. In Arabic, "leleli" is derived from the word "leil" for "night", but Arabic-speaking singers often improvise using the syllables "leleli" in the same way an English-language song might use nonsense syllables such as "tra la la".
  3. "Oime" is an ancient Greek word of expression, similar to "Oh my!

 

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