CND Song 11

Roch Voisine - Hélène, 1989 (Edmundston, New Brunswick)

'Seul sur le sable, les yeaux dans l'eau, mon rêve était trop beau...' Oh, Roch! It's the same old story: the star on stage could have any woman in the (very well behaved and seated) audience he wants, but he's singing to only one girl - Helen (or is it Hélène?) the flight attendant who broke his heart flying off to the ends of the earth. And after all that frolicking on the beach! Yet Roch is without bitterness, in fact he smiles, remembering. This one's going out to Jan in Cape Breton, who reminded me of Roch's existence. I'll admit I'd forgotten all about him until very recently, but in the French-speaking world he was huge, and the moment I hit 'play' the song came back to me. A summer of French immersion classes in the town of St-Pascal, QC (population 3,490), green fields, long bus rides, this on the radio. All very wistful and poignant until you get to the English chorus, which I was never mad about. But I'm in the minority - in France 'Hélène' was at number one for nine weeks, and in the Top 40 for the better part of a year. Not bad for an Acadian boy from New Brunswick.  

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