CND Song 22 Mitsou

Mitsou - Bye-bye, Mon Cowboy, 1988 (Montreal, Quebec)

'Bye-bye, mon cowboy! Bye-bye, mon rodeo...' Mitsou's been called 'Canada's answer to Madonna' - not that she was a pop cultural giant whose songs and image dominated the media and airwaves for a decade - I think it's because she was blonde, wore a black bra, and had a few dance hits. I never had much love for Mitsou back in the day, being a very earnest young feminist who disapproved of sexy-girl bimbo singers, but now I'm looking at this with a certain indulgence. Mitsou was born in 1970, which means she was barely eighteen when 'Cowboy' was released, the same age I was while watching the video on Muchmusic, and later seeing my friends attempting to sing along in dance clubs with random phrases from French class. ('Oh, là, là, là, quel temps fait-il?') Looking at this now, I just see a cute young girl showing off, poised to become the next big thing. Did she get there? Not quite, which makes that sassy confidence all the more endearing.

Want to sing along with Mitsou? Click 'read more' for full lyrics and translation, brought to you by my hardworking colleauge Leigha Worth.

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