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Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? Peter Sarstedt Acoustic Cover w/ 12-String & Bluesharp

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Published on Jun 3, 2012

(c)1969 Words & Music Peter Sarstedt
Arrangement stagwolf
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You talk like Marlene Dietrich and you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire
And your clothes are all made by Balmain
And there´s diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are.

And you live in a fancy apartement of the Boulevard St. Michel
Where you keep your Rolling Stones records
And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do.

And u go to the Embassy parties where u talk in Russian & Greek
Oh, when the young men who move in your circles
Oh, they hang on every word you speak, oh they do.

But tell me where do u go to my lovely when u´re alone in your bed
Won´t you tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do.

Well, I´ve seen all your qualifications, you got from the Sorbonne
And the painting that you stole from Picasso
Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does.

When you go on that summer vacation, you go to Juan-Les-Pins
With your carefully designed topless swimsuit
You get an even suntan on your back and on your legs.

And when the snow falls u´re found in St Moritz
With the others of the jetset.
When you sip your Napoleon Brandy
And you never get your lips wet, no you don´t.

Tell me where do you go to my lovely when you´re alone in your bed
Oh, won´t you tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do.

You´re in-between twenty and thirty and that´s a very desirable age
All your body´s firm and inviting
But you live on a glittering stage, oh yes, you do.

And your name it is heard in high places, ah u know the Aga Khan
Oh, he sent you a racehorse for Christmas
And you keep it just for fun for a laugh, a-ha-ha-ha.

And they say that when you get married it´ll be to a millionaire
But they don´t realize where you came from
And I wonder if they really care, or give a damn.

But where do you go to my lovely when you´re alone in your bed
Oh, won´t you tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do.

I remember the back streets of Naples & 2 children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly-born tags, so they try.

So look into my face, Marie-Claire and remember just who you are
Oh, when you go and forget me forever
But I know you still bear the scar deep inside.

I know where you go to my lovely when you´re alone in your bed
Yes and I know the thoughts that surround you
Because I can look inside your head.
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This song is about a young girl born in poverty in Naples, Italy, who grows up to become a member of the jet-set. It has been alleged that Peter Sarstedt had in mind movie star Sophia Loren, who was herself brought up in the back streets of Naples.
Among the personalities this song references is Zizi Jeanmarie, who was a French ballerina who in the 1950s was reckoned to be the best dancer of her generation. It also refers to Aga Khan, a wealthy Islamic leader who married the English fashion model Sarah Croker-Poole in 1969. The names of Marlene Dietrich, Picasso, Sachel Distel and The Rolling Stones are also mentioned.
This 5-minute song was not originally intended to be a single. Peter comments in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "I wanted to write a long, extended piece because I was working in Folk clubs and universities, and Al Stewart had something that was half an hour long and Bob Dylan's 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands' took a whole side of an album. 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely' was my first attempt at writing something longer than my normal 3 minutes. It was amazingly easy to write, but I knew what I wanted to say. I wanted to say something about this particular person, although it wasn't about anyone specific."
Initially, his record company were not interested in releasing this as a single: Peter Sarstedt comments in the same publication "They said it has no drums, it is too long and there are only 3 instruments." The label relented and the song topped the UK charts for 6 weeks.

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