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Song Information
Music: Jacques Datin
Lyrics: Maurice Vidalin
Conductor: Jean Roderes
Eurovision Song Contest 1962
Position: 3rd
Points: 11pts
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Petit bonhomme, au bout de ton enfance
Petit bonhomme, il faudra se quitter
Tu partiras comme on part en vacances
Sur les chemins de la liberté

Petit bonhomme, ainsi la vie nous mène
Et les enfants s’échappent des parents
J’ai eu la joie, bientôt j’aurai la peine
Et je te comprendrai, je t’aime et j’attends

Je t’écoute dormir et tes rêves d’enfant
Me font des souvenirs pour quand tu seras grand
Plus grand que moi, demain déjà

Petit bonhomme, il faut que je te dise
Petit bonhomme, et tu n’y croiras pas
Mais quelquefois j’ai fait d’autres valises
Vite défaites à cause de toi

Petit bonhomme, au jour du grand passage
Je serai seul et tu ne viendras pas
Mais je dirai: “Mon fils est en voyage”
“Il est allé beaucoup plus loin, beaucoup plus loin que moi”

Translation
Little boy, at the end of your childhood
Little boy, you’ll have to quit
You’ll leave like someone goes on holiday
On the paths of liberty

Little boy, that’s how life leads us
And the children escape from their parents
I had joy, soon I will have pain
And I’ll understand you, I love you and I wait for you

I hear you sleeping and your childhood dreams
Are memories for me for when you’ll be grown-up
Bigger than me, tomorrow already

Little boy, I hqve to tell you
Little boy, and you won’t believe it
But sometimes I packed my suitcases
And quickly unpacked them because of you

Little boy, at the day of the great path
I will be alone and you won’t come
But I’ll say: “My son is on a journey”
“He went a lot further, a lot further than me”

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