April In Paris

For today’s blog three great songs related to this time of the year: April In Paris, Spring Is Here & It Might As Well Be Spring.

A wonderful live version of April In Paris is from the 1988 French TV-show ‘Le Grand Echiquier’.

Although Shirley was suffering from a cold she sings it beautifully.

Lyrics:

April in Paris
Chestnuts and blossoms
Holiday tables
Under a tree

April in Paris
This is a feeling
No one can ever reprise

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart…

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
And I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart.

To listen to the studio versions

April In Paris (From the 1959 album The Fabulous Shirley Bassey)

Spring Is Here (From the 1962 album Let’s Face The Music)

It Might As Well Be Spring (From the 1962 EP Till and other great songs)

6 thoughts on “April In Paris”

  1. Very true! Love this live version!
    The first time and last time I believe she sang this wonderful song live. Long time ago this song became a kind of jazz classic. It was part of Ella Fitzgerald’s household repertoire.

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  2. Sorry, I seem to prefer her studio recording of the April In Paris song. I think she sounds really lovely and very expressive singing the beautiful It Might as Well Be Spring tune. Thank you!!!

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  3. I love this and it underlines a thought I have had for many years and that is, I think Shirley missed a trick throughout her whole career by NOT doing more songs in this vein and standing against a piano and doing this intimate type of performance. She really pulled this off and in the autumn of her career maybe this is the sort of thing she could do more often – Ella Fitzgerald did!

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