The Paul McCartney Project

Prince En Avignon

Album This song officially appears on the Post Card Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1969
Timeline This song has been recorded in 1968
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From the liner notes of the 2010 reissue of Postcard:

Also of note is ‘Prince En Avignon’, a mournful chanson about a would-be monarch without a castle, by Jean-Michel Rivat, who wrote for French singers such as Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc.

Last updated on November 2, 2019

Lyrics

Il était un prince en Avignon
Sans royaume, sans château, ni donjon
Là-bas tout au fond de la province
Il était un prince

Et l'enfant que j'étais
Cueillait pour lui bien des roses
En ce temps le bonheur était peu de choses

Il était un prince en Avignon
Sans royaume, sans château, ni donjon
Mais ces mots nous chantaient les campagnes
Des grands rois d'Espagne

Quand le soir descendait
On devenait spectateurs
Et la ville avec lui n'était plus qu'un coeur

Il nous emportait dans son empire
Nous attendrissait avec un sourire
Combien je l'aimais, combien je rêvais
Et puis vers ma ville je m'en retournais

Il était un prince en Avignon
Sans royaume, sans château ni donjon
Là-bas tout au fond de la province
Il était un prince
Un prince

Officially appears on


Post Card

Official album • Released in 1969

3:20 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer
Ken Scott:
Engineering, Mixing
Mary Hopkin:
Vocals

Session Recording:
Mid-November 1968 to mid-January 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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