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Subject: Where do you go to my lovely?

Written By: WindOfChange on 01/30/05 at 3:06 am

Sorry if i posted this in the wrong board, but i dont know exactly when this song came out.
I was wondering, is this based on a true story?

Where Do You Go To My Lovely by Peter Sarstedt
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 of St. Michel
Where you keep your Rolling Stones records
And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you 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.

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-Pines
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.

But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
would you Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do.

You're in between 20 and 30
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 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 realize where you came from
And I wonder if they really care, or give a damn

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 remember the back streets of Naples
Two children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly brown tags, 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.



Subject: Re: Where do you go to my lovely?

Written By: Paul on 01/30/05 at 5:22 pm

As far as I'm aware WOC, it's not based on any event in Peter's life - it's a very continental-sounding song, but up until that point, Peter had never travelled much beyond UK shores (however, he was born in India...)

Very interesting that you've posted the lyrics to the full-length LP version, which had to be edited a bit for radio purposes (and even then, it was approaching four minutes)...it's rarely heard these days...

Subject: Re: Where do you go to my lovely?

Written By: WindOfChange on 02/01/05 at 8:03 am

Yes, i heard for the first time a couple of years ago. I didnt know that there was a shorter version
Thanks for the info!

Subject: Re: Where do you go to my lovely?

Written By: karen on 02/01/05 at 8:55 am

If I recall correctly these verses aren't in the version I know (which is probably the radio version Paul mentions)




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.


You're in between 20 and 30
A very desirable age
Your body is firm and inviting
But you live on a glittering stage, yes you do, yes you do.



Subject: Re: Where do you go to my lovely?

Written By: Paul on 02/01/05 at 9:59 am

Yes, they're the ones that were chopped, karen...

It still catches me out when this version is played (on the rare occasions), but the shorter version is the one that is normally heard on radio, on compilations, etc...

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