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"Joe Le Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis (1987)

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"Joe Le Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis (1987)

  • "Joe Le Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPFeWNy3hlo

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  • Vanessa Paradis in Translation: http://www.vanessaparadis.info/Work/m-3/

    "Joe le Taxi" is a song about a taxi driver (after the songs popularity, cabbies were nicknames "Joes"). It's sort of a strange song for a 13-year-old to sing, even though the lyrics were rewritten to be more appropriate for her age. It's a profile of Joe, who knows where all the little bars are, where all the Algerians hangout. He's got a thing for rum, Latin music, and his sax, and dreams of going to the Amazon. Fun facts: Xavier Cugat is "the most popular Latin-American bandleader of the forties," and Yma Sumac is an oldtime Peruvian folk singer of Inca tunes. The single was released April 27, 1987, with the B-Side "Varvara Pavlovna," and went straight to the top of the international charts, keeping Madonna from the No. 1 spot in France and becoming the second French artist to have a No. 1 in Britain.


"Joe Le Taxi" by Vanessa Paradis (1987)

Joe Le Taxi

Joe le taxi
Y va pas partout
Y marche pas au soda
Son saxo jaune
Connait toutes les rues par coeur
Tous les p'tits 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 ca
Rhum et mambo
Joe - Joe - Joe
Dans sa caisse
La musique a Joe resonne
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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