"Michelle" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I love you, I love you, I love you
That's all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that you'll understand

Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I need to, I need to, I need to
I need to make you see
Oh, what you mean to me
Until I do, I'm hoping you will know what I mean
I love you...

I want you, I want you, I want you
I think you know by now
I'll get to you somehow
Until I do, I'm telling you so you'll understand
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
And I will say the only words I know that you'll understand
My Michelle


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"Michelle" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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    General Commentthe song is self-explanatory it's prolly about an English guy who visits Paris and falls in love w/this sweet French girl he meets there but she knows no English and he only knows one phrase in French "Michelle ma belle,
    Sont les Mots qui vont trés bien ensemble
    Trés bien ensemble." so he pleads his love to her through this song...
    berserkeron October 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the person who wrote that the lyric is likely just about an English guy, perhaps Paul himself while touring France, who is infatuated with a lovely French girl. The lyric mostly states very primal emotions about desire because anything more complicated is not possible due to the language barrier. The honesty is in that, despite the language barrier, there is really nothing more that could be said anyway. The cleverness is in using the French language, which not only sounds romantic to the English-speakers, but also uses the language barrier as a metaphor for what cannot be expressed through words about feelings, in any language. Using minor chords where he does also emphasizes the angst about wanting to say more than words allow. It's an amazing song in that, though the lyric is not sad, it produces an ambivalence of emotion, combining joy and melancholy. A rich palette in such a deceptively simple song. Between '66 and '67 Paul was at his peak that few writers can match. In my opinion, Paul wrote the 2nd and 3rd best American songs ever in Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby (the best being Mancini's and Merecer's Moon River).
    rhapsonixon April 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was "sont les MOTS qui vont tres bien ensemble".. as in.. these are the words that go together well... Actually, I'm pretty sure I'm right..
    ArdvarkPlacematon February 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Michelle, my beautiful, we go together very well." == "Michelle, ma belle, sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble" thats the exact translation... I speak french since i'm able to talk. ;) Very nice song. About a guy who prolly fall in love with a frenchie girl.
    user0081on April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, no matter what he says I think what is important is that he can't say what he really wants to: "I love you, I love you, I love you..." And isn't that a feeling we can all relate to. I know there is more then one occation, when all the right words didn't come flowing out.
    mothr_nature's_sonon May 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, I'm French, and I agree with what you said : the french part is the exact translation of the english part!!! No need to translate it in english, then, it is already done...
    Well, this song is very appreciated by French people, of course, it is nice to hear the Beatles singing in our language!
    In addition, his english accent is sooooo cute...
    Actually, when hearing "Michelle, ma belle, sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble, très bien ensemble", it is just what one says to seduce a woman : waw, your name is beautiful, and it goes well with "ma belle"! One could think he just wants make her feel flattered, but he sounds so depressed when singing that, that it is obvious that he is just sad and wants to stay with her, that's all.
    Auroreon December 12, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningWell, none of you even got close. I wonder how long they will allow my response to remain. We will see.

    Michelle Levallier was born April 5 1960 to Monique Levallier, a French make-up artist living in London, and J. Paul McCartney. A young, broke and irresponsible Paul had several illegitimate children for which he did not acknowledge nor take responsibility . When told of the pregnancy, Paul broke off the relationship. Devastated, Monique moved back to Paris and had Michelle. Upon Michele's 5th birthday, Monique sent Paul an extremely adorable photo of his daughter and told him that Michelle wanted to meet her father. Paul was very moved by the image of his daughter. However, in 1965 he was in a serious relationship with Jane Asher and he was in the middle of BeatleMania. Despite his best intentions, he never seemed to find time to go visit his daughter. He must have felt shame for neglecting his responsibilities. At the same time based upon the song lyrics demonstrated his curiosity for the unconditional love that a father has for his daughter, even though they never met. So, this song was written as a letter of introduction to his young, French speaking daughter trying to assure her that although he never met her, that he loves her, that there are valid reasons why he is being a selfish prick and that he will find a way to make time to come see her. I don't believe that ever happened. Michelle eventually switched her surname to McCartney, became a bass musician and still lives in Los Angeles.
    c109425894on March 03, 2016   Link
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    General Commentyeah..that makes more sense.
    weezerific:cutleryon February 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe French chorus means the exact same thing as the English one: Michelle, ma belle (literally, "my beautiful", it's a term of endearnment)/these are words that go together well.
    Crimsonicityon June 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble

    Sont: conjugation of the verb etre(to be)
    Les Mots: The words
    Qui: who, or that
    vont: conjugation of the verb aller(to go)
    Tres: Very
    Bien: good or well
    Ensemble: together.

    Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble means These are words that go together well.

    Je peu parle francais, j'etais dans immersion dans ecole.
    D_rok35on May 03, 2003   Link

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