"Joe Le Taxi" as written by Etienne Roda-gil, Franck Langolff, Etienne Roda-gil and Franck Langolff....
Joe le taxi
Y va pas partout
Y marche pas au soda
Son saxo jaune
Connaît toutes les rues par cœur
Tous les petits bars
Tous les coins noirs
Et la Seine
Et ses ponts qui brillent
Dans sa caisse
La musique a Joe
C'est la rumba
Le vieux rock au mambo

Joe le taxi
C'est sa vie
Le rhum au mambo
Embouteillage
Il est comme ça
Rhum et mambo
Joe, Joe, Joe

Dans sa caisse
La musique a Joe résonne
C'est la rumba
Le vieux rock au mambo bidon
Vas-y Joe
Vas-y Joe
Vas-y fonce
Dans la nuit vers l'amazone

Joe le taxi
Et Xavier Cugat
Joe le taxi
Et Yma Sumac
Joe, Joe, Joe

Joe le taxi
C'est sa vie
Le rhum au mambo
Embouteillage
Joe le taxi
Et les Mariachis
Joe le taxi
Et le cha-cha-chi
Joe le taxi
Et le cha-cha-chi
Vas-y Joe
Vas-y fonce
Dans la nuit vers l'amazone


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"Joe le Taxi" as written by Franck Langolff Etienne Roda-gil

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    General Commenta song about a guy named jo who drives a taxi ..hehe... go jo !you can do it ...and she's describing paris with the scene " the river ".. jo's a saxophone player too and he dance and likes rum hehe
    lilika190989on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyep, that's basically it! here's a translation - its such a cute song!

    Joe the taxi (cab driver)
    He doesn't go everywhere
    He doesn't work on soda
    His yellow sax (saxophone is a metaphor for his yellow cab)
    Knows all of the streets by heart
    All of the little bars
    All of the dark corners
    And the Seine
    And its bridges that shine
    In his car
    Joe's music
    It's the "rumba"
    From old "rock" to "mambo"
    Joe the taxi
    It's his life
    The rum with "mambo"
    Traffic jam
    He's like that
    Joe - Joe - Joe
    In his car
    Joe's music resonates
    It's the "rumba"
    From old "rock" to phony "mambo"
    Go Joe
    Go Joe
    Speed along
    In the night towards the Amazon
    Joe the taxi
    And Xavier Cugat (famous musician apparently?)
    Joe the taxi
    And Yma Sumac (musician again?)
    Joe - Joe - Joe
    Joe the taxi
    It's his life
    The rum with "mambo"
    Traffic jam
    Joe the taxi
    And the Mariachis
    Joe the Taxi
    And the "cha-cha-chi"
    Go Joe
    Speed along
    In the night towards the Amazon
    freedomon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYma Sumac is a singer. I think Stereo Total did a cover of this song. Damn those cute french girls and their cute french songs.
    Gonzo Soulon April 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow old was Vanessa when she sang this song? =)
    Ashley456on August 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery young. Anyway, I hate her for being Johnny Depp's girlfriend!! ;p
    Auroreon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAshley - she was 14
    gsleithon December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnothing
    isacon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentXavier Cugat was a Spanish musician who became quite famous in the '40s playing Cuban music, especially rumbas.

    Yma Sumac was an American novelty singer from the '60s, I think, who pretended to be from the jungle and sang very strange songs.
    erscott13on January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy English teacher brought this song up one day, played the original Vanessa Paradis version and IDM (intelligent dance music) artist Hanayo's amazing dance version music video. He prefaced the song by saying that it was about a pimp, this taxi driver. I don't really see evidence for this, but I'm reluctant to throw his opinion out, since he is fluent in French and believe lived in France and super-Saharan Africa for some time. Has anyone else heard that this song is about a pimp?
    zacbraon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentZacbra - This song is not about a pimp. Anyway, l'amazone is a call-girl, a kind of prostitute
    SergueiSuon September 07, 2007   Link

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