Published on May 23, 2013
The great French chanteuse Barbara was molested by her father when she was ten. Shortly after , he deserted . Barbara sings of finally being called to see him again where he lay dying, at 25 rue de la Grange-au- Loup, Wolf Barn Street, which did not exist at the time the song was written .Was the wolf her father? Was the barn the hospital where he was kept? It was too late, when she arrived he was already gone. In 1986 a street in Nantes near where her father died was christened for Barbara "Rue de la Grange-au- Loup" " Ciel" is French for both "sky" and "heaven" so we can understand, in this song of mourning, how the "ciel" of Nantes made Barbara's heart grieve. Begun in 1959, Nantes was recorded in 1963. It remains a classic of French chanson not known outside its culture, Thanks to philipchek of Paris and YouTube for his poetry and insights into this song.
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