Puisque tu pars
|"Puisque tu pars"|
|Single by Jean-Jacques Goldman|
|from the album Entre gris clair et gris foncé|
|B-side||"Entre gris clair et gris foncé"|
|Jean-Jacques Goldman singles chronology|
"Puisque tu pars" is a 1987 song recorded by the French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman. It was released in July 1988 as the fourth single from his album Entre gris clair et gris foncé, on which it features as the sixth track in an extended version. The song was a number three hit in France.
Background, lyrics and music
Goldman explained that the song deals with "departure, separation, and everything it implies". He said : "The idea came to me at the end of my concerts, when people sang: 'this is just a goodbye ...' [...] So I thought about writing a song about departure, but to show that departure is not necessarily sad, but there were also positive sides to leaving and separating." 
The song, which shows a "certain maturity" in the writing, has an "emotional expressiveness which depicts the dilemma of a love that doesn't want to be possessive".
The song is included on several of Goldman's albums, such as Traces, Intégrale and Singulier (best of), Du New Morning au Zénith and Un tour ensemble (in live versions). The live performance by Goldman and Les Fous Chantants features on the DVD Solidarités Inondations.
"Puisque tu pars" was covered by Jean-Félix Lalanne in 1990, by Michael Lecler in 1996 (instrumental version), by Les Fous Chantants in 2000 (features on the album 1 000 choristes rendent hommage à Jean-Jacques Goldman, by Le Collège de l'Estérel in 2002, and by Les 500 Choristes in 2006 (for the compilation of the same name, eighth track).
It was covered in English-language by Céline Dion, under the title "Let's Talk About Love," available on the eponymous album in 1998 and in 1999 on one of her live albums, Au coeur du stade. The English lyrics were written by Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy. A demo version of Adams' translation appeared on the CD single "Cloud Number Nine" in 1999.
Tony Carreira made a cover version in the Portuguese language under the title "Já que te vais" although in the beginning before the controversy authorship[clarification needed] of several songs, the song was registered as written by Ricardo Landum and Tony Carreira.
In France, "Puisque tu pars" went straight to number 23 on the chart edition of 16 July 1988 and reached the top ten two weeks later, peaked for three non consecutive weeks at number three, remaining behind the two summer hits "Nuit de folie" and "Un roman d'amitié (Friend You Give Me a Reason)". It totaled 15 weeks in the top ten and 24 weeks in the top 50. It achieved Silver status awarded by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. It was also released in Canada and Japan, but failed to reach the singles chart in these countries. ON the European Hot 100 Singles, it debuted at number 66 on 30 July 1988, reached a peak of number ten twice, in its seventh and tenth weeks, and fell off the chart after 22 weeks of presence. It also charted for four weeks on the European Airplay Top 50 with a peak at number 31 on 10 September 1988.
- CD single
- "Puisque tu pars" — 7:24
- "Entre gris clair et gris foncé"
- "Tout petit monde"
- 7" single
- "Puisque tu pars" — 4:50
- "Entre gris clair et gris foncé" — 3:57
- 12" maxi
- "Puisque tu pars" (extended version) — 7:24
- "Puisque tu pars" (edit) — 4:50
- "Entre gris clair et gris foncé" — 3:57
Charts and certifications
- Interview of JJ Goldman, Europe 2, February 28, 1997
- Interview of JJ Goldman, Radio Maguelonne, April 26, 1998
- Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 136 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
- Les 500 Choristes, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
- Let's Talk About Love, Céline Dion, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
- "Cloud #9", Bryan Adams, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
- "Jean-Jacques Goldman – Puisque tu pars" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
- "InfoDisc : Les Certifications Officielles d'un Artiste (Depuis 1973)". infodisc.fr (in French). Retrieved 10 October 2021.. Select "Jean-Jacques Goldman" from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
- "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 37. 10 September 1988. p. 20-21. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 12 October 2021 – via World Radio History.
- "European Airplay Top 50" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 5 no. 37. 10 September 1987. p. 23. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 10 October 2021 – via World Radio History.
- "1988 Year-End Eurocharts - Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6 no. 52/1. 1 January 1989. p. 30. Retrieved 8 October 2021 – via American Radio History.
- "Puisque tu pars", story, lyrics and anecdotes ("Chansons" => "En un clic" => "Puisque tu pars")