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Subject: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Ricci on 08/03/04 at 11:35 am

Both my partner and myself desire to know who the lyrics are about in Peter Starstedt's hit "Where do you go to my lovely" Many people say Sophia Loren or Brigette Bardot but we are unconvinced. Who was Marie-Claire in the lyrics? Email me ASAP if you are sure you have the answer or ANY idea at all. We would love to discuss more on the knowledge of this.
Many Thanks

Richard and Theresa

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: sCat on 10/03/04 at 9:15 am


Both my partner and myself desire to know who the lyrics are about in Peter Starstedt's hit "Where do you go to my lovely" Many people say Sophia Loren or Brigette Bardot but we are unconvinced. Who was Marie-Claire in the lyrics? Email me ASAP if you are sure you have the answer or ANY idea at all. We would love to discuss more on the knowledge of this.
Many Thanks

Richard and Theresa



hey Richard and Theresa
I do not think an autor would just mention Marie-Claire as MarieClaire herself in a poem or song.But Marie-Claire is the name of the most-known french glamour and mode magazine... and they always had just one girl's pic on the front title. So whether it refers to some special person,  I think (not sure sure) it might have been BB, but on the other side, she was not that glamour girl... so he might refer to all these kinda girls together... and Sophia Loren as well...
I hope this can clear a bit or make look back the old magazines :)
sCat

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Howard on 10/03/04 at 9:21 am

Lyrics for No Mercy - Where Do You Go


Where do you go, my lovely
Where do you go
I wanna know, my lovely, I wanna know

Where do you go, oh oh eh oh
I wanna know, oh oh eh oh
Where do you go, oh oh eh oh...
I wanna know

You leave without a word, no message, no number
And now my head is pounding like rolling thunder
You left me with a heartache deep inside
Girl you should see me cry all night, and I wonder

Everybody says, what a shame, what is wrong
They don't like the game we play
Heard you're hanging round every night until dawn
I'm waiting for you night and day


You gotta break the silence, don't keep me waiting
Just like a river flowing to the sea
You're running back to me
Come hear what I'm saying

Where do you go, My Lovely
I wanna know

Where do you go, oh oh oh...
Where do you go, oh oh oh...
I wanna know
Where do you, where do you go?...

Save me...

Come back and dry the tears, I cried for you baby
You've gotta stop this heartache deep inside
You've gotta help me make it through the night safely
Come back and save me




Is this what you are referring to?^ ???


Howard

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: BrianMannixGirl on 10/03/04 at 11:31 pm

Dif song Howard


Where Do You Go To, My Lovely? - Peter Starstedt

You talk like Marlene Deitrich,
And you dance like Zi Zi Jean Maire.
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,
On 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.

You go to the embassy parties
Where you talk in Russian and Greek
And the young men who move in your circles
They hang on every word you speak (yes they 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 St. 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.

Chorus

You're in between twenty and thiry
A very desirable age.
Your body is firm and inviting
But you live on a glittering stage (yes you do, yes you 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, ha ha ha.

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

Chorus

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, they tried.

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 scars, 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.


I have heard a lot of stories has to who its meant to be about - never really sure tho.  I find it very similar to Charlenes "Ive been to paradise but Ive never been to me".  The women in both songs have certanly "been around" and led the high life but are never quite satisfied with life as a whole.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: danootaandme on 10/04/04 at 6:27 am

If you read Lorens bio it sounds like her. Found this.  It has her under  Working Class
Encyclopedia-biography

www.embassy.org.nz/index.htm

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Ricci on 11/18/04 at 8:40 am

Thanks everyonel. Yeah! it is about Sophia Loren 'coz we watched her film a few weeks ago and her Dad's surname was Clare and her mother called her Marie.
Richard and Theresa

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Robert Heller on 09/14/05 at 11:08 am


Both my partner and myself desire to know who the lyrics are about in Peter Starstedt's hit "Where do you go to my lovely" Many people say Sophia Loren or Brigette Bardot but we are unconvinced. Who was Marie-Claire in the lyrics? Email me ASAP if you are sure you have the answer or ANY idea at all. We would love to discuss more on the knowledge of this.
Many Thanks

Richard and Theresa


If you go to http://www.petersarstedt.com/ you could send him an email and ask.  Or you could simply read the 'Who's Who' PDF document which has this quote:

Naples - she (Marie-Claire) comes form the back-streets
and makes it to the top
(-/-/66) ‘Where do you go to my lovely’

So I would suggest it sounds like 'Marie-Claire' actually refers to Naples.

Dunno, I did not ask  ;)rah

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Nostalgic Nelis on 04/08/07 at 9:29 am

FOr sure its about sophia lauren. Not only do her parents have the names marie claire, she was brought up in a suburb of napels.
the message is just about remember where you come from. U might be rich and famous but u will always bear the scars from youth. Last 2 parts of the song say it all basically.

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, they tried.

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 scars, deep inside, yes you do.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Nostalgic on 04/15/07 at 4:26 am

You'd think Peter Sarstedt would have told everyone what the song was about by now. I guess he wants to keep it a mystery.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Trimac20 on 04/16/07 at 6:59 am


You'd think Peter Sarstedt would have told everyone what the song was about by now. I guess he wants to keep it a mystery.


Maybe it was already so obvious he didn't have to tell anybody.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Ploppity on 04/17/08 at 1:28 am

Marie Clare the magazine?  ;D  Everything about this song is fluff until you get to the last verse.  Up until that time all Starstedt does is playfully establish how well he knows this girl.  but then he calls her out BY NAME, and if it is about Sofia Loren, then this dorky, VanDyke-d folk singer calls out one of the most glamorous women in the world BY NAME, points out where she came from, how shallow she is, tells her that he owns her, and slaps her in the face with the gauntlet he just threw down.  Wow!  This song makes "You're so Vain" look like a petty afterthought.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: cooper street relic on 04/17/08 at 11:37 pm


Marie Clare the magazine?  ;D  Everything about this song is fluff until you get to the last verse.  Up until that time all Starstedt does is playfully establish how well he knows this girl.  but then he calls her out BY NAME, and if it is about Sofia Loren, then this dorky, VanDyke-d folk singer calls out one of the most glamorous women in the world BY NAME, points out where she came from, how shallow she is, tells her that he owns her, and slaps her in the face with the gauntlet he just threw down.  Wow!  This song makes "You're so Vain" look like a petty afterthought.



I'm with you on this one.  Just another lonely heartbreak song i guess!

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Shacks Train on 05/20/08 at 1:46 am

Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely
http://www.zshare.net/audio/12108652ec40382d/
I don't think a finger is pointed at one individule in particular just about how high class she is now but "Refuses" to acknowlege where her roots were!
A Referance to anyone famous is just by individule design!


Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/24/09 at 8:25 am


Dif song Howard


Where Do You Go To, My Lovely? - Peter Starstedt

You talk like Marlene Deitrich,
And you dance like Zi Zi Jean Maire.
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,
On 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.

You go to the embassy parties
Where you talk in Russian and Greek
And the young men who move in your circles
They hang on every word you speak (yes they 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 St. 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.

Chorus

You're in between twenty and thiry
A very desirable age.
Your body is firm and inviting
But you live on a glittering stage (yes you do, yes you 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, ha ha ha.

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

Chorus

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, they tried.

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 scars, 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.


I have heard a lot of stories has to who its meant to be about - never really sure tho.  I find it very similar to Charlenes "Ive been to paradise but Ive never been to me".  The women in both songs have certanly "been around" and led the high life but are never quite satisfied with life as a whole.

This is the longer version than what released as a single.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: loki 13 on 07/24/09 at 6:01 pm

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9607

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/25/09 at 1:44 am


http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=9607
Many thanks for I had this website on Favorites on the computer that crashed and I could not remember the name of it.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: ALEESA on 09/23/09 at 7:49 am

HI ALL

PETER WROTE THE SONG ABOUT AN OLD GIRLFRIEND OF HIS THAT HE WAS DUE TO MARRY AND ACTUALLY DIED WHEN HER APPARTMENT CAUGHT FIRE. SHE DIED IN THE FIRE, VERY SAD STORY BUT BEAUTIFUL SONG, MY DADS A JOURNO AND ASKED HIM ONCE IN AN INTERVIEW, BUT I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE.

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Annette on 07/23/12 at 2:03 pm



hey Richard and Theresa
I do not think an autor would just mention Marie-Claire as MarieClaire herself in a poem or song.But Marie-Claire is the name of the most-known french glamour and mode magazine... and they always had just one girl's pic on the front title. So whether it refers to some special person,  I think (not sure sure) it might have been BB, but on the other side, she was not that glamour girl... so he might refer to all these kinda girls together... and Sophia Loren as well...
I hope this can clear a bit or make look back the old magazines :)
sCat

Subject: Re: Meaning behind Where do you go to my lovely (1969)

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/26/12 at 2:16 pm



... and the reply is?

We may never know now.

It is a friction Marie-Claire who has grown up on the back streets of Naples.

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