Quelqu'un M'a Dit (2003)
With the help of
Louis Bertignac, friend and former member of the group Téléphone, Carla Bruni
wrote and composed all twelve songs in “Quelqu’un m’a dit”, which came out in
m'a dit - When a treasured relationship is breaking up, one clings for a time to vague hopes that are as valid as rumours.
2 Raphael - Carla Bruni tells of her passionate love for Raphael,
the philosophy professor and media personality, with whom she formed a
relationship in 2001.
3 Tout le monde - The crass
indifference of those who are happy to let even the most cherished memories
4 La Noyee - This is a cover
version of a song by the famous French singer and poet Serge Gainsbourg.
His influence creates a darker and more pessimistic picture of the human
5 Le Toi du Moi - One can imagine that this is a traditional game that lovers might
play, in which they are trying to prove how they perfectly complement
6 Le ciel dans une chambre - Carla Bruni sings of the magical transformation of her bedroom when she
is in the arms of her lover.
7 J'En Connais – She reflects defiantly on all the many men in her life
8 Le plus beau du quartier - A satirical portrait of a paragon
of fashion, whose bisexuality permitted him a universal pasture for his
9 Chanson triste - A short song at the end of a
love that failed but does not deserve to be forgotten.
10 L'Excessive - Carla Bruni introduces her song by saying "Cest une chanson de
quelqu'un qui aime beaucoup les exces. Mmmmm Mmmmm!"
11 L'Amour - Carla Bruni and her musical collaborator, Louis Bertignac, present a
song in the style of American Blues.
12 La dernière minute - Carla hopes that at the
end of her tumultuous, chaotic life, she will be allowed one brief moment to
pay her last respects to it all it has meant to her - just one
No Promises (2007)
It was not until
January 2007 that Carla Bruni’s second album, entitled “No Promises” finally
came out. Once more accompanied by Louis Bertignac, Carla chose to set to music
texts from British and American poets of the 19th and 20th centuries, including
Yeats, Auden, Emily Dickinson and many others. She moved away from the style
that made her first album such a success, by singing in English.
"Those dancing days are gone" -W. B.
"Before the World Was Made" -W. B.
"Lady weeping at the crossroads" -W. H.
"I felt my
life with both my hands"- Emily
"Promises like piecrust" -Christina Rossetti
"Autumn" - Walter de
"If you were coming in the fall" - Emily
"I went to Heaven" - Emily
"Afternoon" - Poem by Dorothy
Parker - looking forward uncertainly to old age
"Ballade at Thirty-Five"
"At last the secret is out" - W. H.
Comme si de rien
decided to combine her position as France's First Lady with her ongoing singing
career, she released her third album on 11 July 2008. The title: "Comme si de rien
n'était" was that of a photographic
work by her brother, Virginio Bruni Tedeschi, who had died in 2006. The release
of "Comme si de rien n'était", a year after her husband had been
elected President in May 2007, caused great excitement in the international
media and journalists and commentators were unable to decide whether to discuss
the album from the point of view of music or of politics.
"Ma Jeunesse” - As her youth is coming to an end, Carla
Bruni looks back on the mixed up, tumultuous years and her main thought is
regret at the time she has wasted as this period has sped by
"La Possibilité d'une Île”
- This is an adaptation of a poem by Michel Houellebecq
which she finds as romantic, and as
beautiful as verses of Baudelaire.
"L'Amoureuse “ - The
exhilaration of the intoxicating, sensuous enhancements that the world
assumes when a woman falls in love.
4) "Tu es ma came
“ - Carla Bruni is saying that her love for her boyfriend exhilarates her as if she had taken a drug.
Marin” - These are words of farewell to Carla’s elder brother, Virginio
Tedescki, who died in 2006, at the age of 46. He had been a fanatic for solo
"Ta tienne “ - She who has had so many lovers offers herself now to belong to just one
In each cryptic line Carla gives suggestions of things she has done, her
enjoyments and her trials, her ecstasies and disappointments, loving and
fighting, behaving sweetly and not so sweetly
Belong to Me" - The famous American ballad of the 1950s
Not yet translated
9) Le temps perdu - Carla Bruni is proposing to
some lucky man that he should take a break from all the useful things he is
doing and waste some time having a cuddle with her.
"Je suis une enfant» - In a sweet, simple song, she
tells how a loving childhood creates a shell in which each individual child
can survive regardless of age.
"Déranger Les Pierres”
Bruni tells us that she based this song on the music, which Julien Clerc gave
her. She finds that it makes a very big difference.
– The necessity to live narrowly in the present moment
Grand Amour Est Mort” -
After all their wild romance, one
day her lover came and told it was not working for him and their great
love was over.-
2013: "Little French Songs"
early as 2010, there had been rumours that Bruni was preparing a fourth album
and this appeared in April 2013 …… "Little French Songs
"J'arrive à toi "
After her marriage to Sarkozy she wrote this personal song of love coming
back into her life and of all the many things that were wrong before.
" Mon Raymond "
Carla Bruni provides us with an insightful and
novel character sketch of her husband and reveals her deep admiration
for him. “Raymond” stands for “Nicholas”!
For some moments, alone each night, she speaks aloud to someone or
something beyond herself, in the vastness of infinity. From this she is
able to gain real consolation and hope.
"Pas Une Dame"
She says why she does not see herself as a lady (and her evidence has
already been voiced in other songs). She is still the unruly, unfeminine
child she once was.
This song is Carla’s own Italian version of “Douce France”, one of the
most famous songs of Charles Trenet. (1913 – 2001).
"Chez Keith et Anita"
This song expresses nostalgia for the 1970's. Looking at photos of
the period, Carla imagines herself present in the company of the Rolling
Stones, when they were recording the album, "Exile on main
street", in the South of France.
Carla talks with total frankness about the painful
loss of a close personal friend - François Baudot (1950- 2010). In tribute to
him, she produces this sad and melodious song.
"La Valse Posthume"
Carla Bruni puts words to the beautiful music of Chopin’s Valse
Posthume”. The three time of the waltz becomes symbolic of the three stages of
"La Blonde Exquise"
In her struggle to give up
smoking, the thoughts of her favourite cigarette (with tabac blond) persist in harassing
Carla Bruni’s lament about the progressive erosion of our personal
freedoms in the modern mass society and her desperate hope that personal
liberty can yet survive.
"Little French Song "
In this nice simple song , mainly in English, Carla enjoys herself
rhyming English words and French.
"Lune - Carla spends
her nocturnal moments of lone reflection under a full moon.
"Le Pingouin" The
identity of the person satirised in this song is not revealed, but as soon as
the song appeared the majority of the media was convinced that her words were directed
against the man who had replaced her husband, Nicholas Sarkozy, as
President of France, François Hollande.
OTHER SONGS OF CARLA BRUNI
Nobody knows you when you're
down and out. (Traditional American Blues)
And I love her. (Beatles song) -Carla in
duet with Harry Connick Jnr.)
little things and Ces petits riens
Absolute Beginners (David
You Feel My Love
(Song by Bob Dylan)
Fernande (Song by Georges Brassens)- Although advised against this
song, previously banned on French radio, Carla performs Brassens’ study of the inconsistent
sexual consolations available to men when they are in situations deprived of
ABOUT CARLA AND HER SONGS
compiling some biographical notes on the following link:- Biographical detail to serve as background information.
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