Eurovision Fest

Michèle Arnaud – Ne crois pas


In 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest marked its inaugural edition, aiming to foster unity through music in Europe, which was still recovering from the ravages of World War II. Among the pioneering artists, who took part in this historic event, was Luxembourg and its representative Michèle Arnaud (née – Michèle Caré) her poignant song “Ne crois pa” (“Don’t Believe”).

“Ne crois pa” is a poignant chanson that explores themes of heartbreak and betrayal. The title translates to “Don’t Believe”, and the song’s lyrics depict a narrative of love lost and the pain of deceit. Michèle Arnaud’s performance was characterized by its emotive delivery and dramatic interpretation, capturing the audience’s attention with its raw emotion and lyrical depth.

The orchestration of “Ne crois pa” was minimalist yet effective, allowing artist’s powerful vocals to take centre stage. The song’s haunting melody and melancholic lyrics combined to create a stirring and memorable performance that resonated deeply with listeners.


Release date Genre Length Language Country
24 May 1956 Chanson Réaliste 01:56 French Luxembourg
French English
Si on te dit que tu plais aux belles
Y a pas de quoi t’en vanter
Et au lieu de te moquer d’elles
Tu f’rais mieux d’en profiter
If they told you that you have a good look
There is nothing to boast about
And instead of playing the good look
You should take advantage of it
Ne crois pas que tout’ ta vie
On t’aimera pour tes beaux yeux
Car si tous leur fait envie
C’est qu’t’es jeune et rien de mieux
Don’t believe that all your life
You will be loved for your nice eyes
Because if your face makes other envious
It’s because you’re young and nothing better
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que tu s’ras toujours beau gosse
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que ta jeunesse durera
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That you will be always a handsome boy
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That your youth will last
Tu seras comme tout le monde
Avec le teint décati
Le bidon en mappemonde
Et tout’s les dents desserties
You will be like everybody
With faded colour
The belly as a globe
And all your teeth unset
Quand t’auras le crâne bien lisse
Le geste mal assuré
Et le regard en coulisse
T’iras de faire réparer
When you will have your skull quite smooth
Clumsy gesture
And sidelong glance
You’ll go to be repaired
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que tu s’ras toujours beau gosse
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que ta jeunesse durera
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That you will always be a handsome boy
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That your youth will last
Tu t’crois malin
À vouloir jouer les insondables
Les intouchables
Du début jusqu’à la Saint Glin-Glin
You think you’re clever
To play the unfathomable
The untouchable
From the start until never in a month of Sundays
C’est pas sérieux
Les Hermès, Adonis, les Hercules
Qui déambulent
Sans songer qu’un jour ils seront vieux
It’s not serious
Hermes, Adonis, Hercules
Who stroll
Without thinking that one day they will get old
Si on te dit qu’t’a une belle gueule
Y a pas de quoi t’en vanter
Et au lieu d’faire le bégueule
Tu f’rais mieux d’en profiter
If they told you that you have a good look
There is nothing to boast about
And instead of playing the good look
You should take advantage of it
Ne crois pas que tout’ ta vie
On t’aimera pour tes beaux yeux
Car si ta gueule fait envie
C’est qu’t’es jeune et rien de mieux
Don’t believe that all your life
You will be loved for your nice eyes
Because if your face makes other envious
It’s because you’re young and nothing better
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que tu s’ras toujours beau gosse
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Que ta jeunesse durera
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That you will always be a handsome boy
Don’t believe, don’t believe
That your youth will last
Ne crois pas, ne crois pas
Ne crois pas que ta jeunesѕe durerа
Don’t believe, don’t believe
Don’t believe that your youth will lаѕt

While the scoring system of the first Eurovision Song Contest remains shrouded in mystery, with a detailed record not publicly disclosed, it was well-known that Switzerland won with Lys Assia’s song “Refrain” back then.

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