Piaf: No, I Regret Nothing

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“For me, singing is a way of escaping. It’s another world. I’m no longer on earth.”
—Edith Piaf

Piaf

Edith Piaf (December 19, 1915 – October 10, 1963) is considered by many to be France’s greatest popular singer. She used her heartbreaking voice to sing ballads which communicated the many personal tragedies and difficult childhood memories from her life.

Her most famous songs include La Vie en Rose (1946), Milord (1959), and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (1960).

Edith Piaf developed severe rheumatoid arthritis in her early 30’s. Her physical deformities were often visible as she hobbled across the stage or as she moved her hands while she sang.

Piaf’s lifelong struggle with rheumatoid arthritis is starkly portrayed in the movie La Vie en Rose. This movie is a biographical sketch of the famous singer’s life from childhood up until her death. (Actress Marion Cotillard, who played the adult Piaf, won the Best Actress Oscar Award for this movie.)

One of Piaf’s final greatest hits, sung for the first time just a few years before her death, was ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ – or ‘No, I Regret Nothing’. I have included a video of this song below, along with its lyrics translated into English.

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Neither the good that’s been done to me,
Nor the bad;
It’s all the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
It’s been payed for,
swept (away),
Forgotten.
I don’t care about the past!

With my memories
I have lit the fire!
My disappointments, my pleasures,
I no longer need them.
Swept away are the loves
with their trembling,
swept away forever!
I start again at zero.

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Neither the good that’s been done to me,
Nor the bad;
It’s all the same to me!

No, nothing at all,
No, I don’t regret anything!
Because my life,
because my joy,
today
begins with you!