Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) (4:39)

Cover of The Best Of Peter Sarstedt

From The Best Of Peter Sarstedt and 57 other releases

Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” is a 1969 song by Peter Sarstedt. It was a #1 hit in the UK charts for six weeks in 1969 and was awarded the 1969 Ivor Novello Award, together with David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. In the United States, the record only reached #61 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles and #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 that May.

The song is about a fictional girl named Marie-Claire who grows up to become a member of the Jet Set, and lives in Paris. The lyrics describe her from the perspective of a childhood friend; it is left unclear whether they have remained close. The rhetorical question of the title suggests that her glamorous lifestyle may not have brought Marie-Claire happiness or contentment.

Sarstedt himself was not French, but the song may have benefited from the contemporary awareness in Britain of such singers as Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel.

The lyrics contain a large number of contemporary and other references:

* Marlene Dietrich: husky-voiced German actress and singer
* Zizi Jeanmaire: French ballerina
* Balmain: French designer of elegant fashions
* Boulevard Saint-Michel: street in the Latin Quarter famous for bookshops
* Rolling Stones: popular English rock and roll band
* Sacha Distel: French crooner
* Sorbonne: University of Paris
* Picasso: Spanish pioneer of modern art
* Juan-les-Pins: fashionable beach resort on the French Riviera
* Saint Moritz: fashionable ski resort in the Swiss Alps
* Napoleon brandy: especially fine aged brandy
* Aga Khan: World-travelling Islamic leader and racehorse owner


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  • SzohrAction

    Pity such a sexist comment instead of saying something decent.

    12 Apr 4:12am Reply
  • bicknor

    ' your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does'................. until, of course, the lady passes the 50 mark, and shows the inevitable signs of physical decay shown by all that reach that age.

    28 Mar 4:52pm Reply
  • josnap1

    I have been captivated by this amazing song since I first heard it on its release. It is the inspiration for my novel "Tramps Like Us" where I have built my own interpretation of the story - I have told a story about rekindled friendship. It is available on Amazon Kindle Store at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SPIZVS0. If you do read it, I would be interested in your thoughts.

    16 Mar 12:13am Reply
  • Sadra_A

    The loveliness of this song goes on and on, yes it does...

    30 Jan 9:24am Reply
  • FoolmeThrice


    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Heinrich48

    wenn ihr sie sehen sollte grüßt sie von mir

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • Heinrich48

    man ist das lange her werde immer noch traurig kann nicht vergessen war eine geile zeit, ja sie war schön,sie hatte viele ich ging an ihrer seite alle schauten ihr nach oh,war ich stolz meine Brust war geschwollen ihr po und die brüste wackelten so sehr viel zu viel hin und her sie hat mich bald verlassen es gab so,so viele ich sagte nur tschüss

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • hein-duck-dich

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    It's hard to find an original talent

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    Your name, it is heard in high places.

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Thank you Kate for that beautiful song.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cousinbull

    Natalie Portman

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Who_Scared_You


    13 May 2013 Reply
  • KommisarK

    Then go and forget me forever

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bicknor

    PS is now 70............ wonder if he still thinks about his lovely, and her qualifications?

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • bicknor

    Excellent. Pity so many 'parrot' previous shouts instead of saying something original. C'est la vie, just further proof of much modern feeble mindedness.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • x__NaThY__x

    Amazing. I'm addicted. Hotel Chevalier introduced me to this song [4]

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bicknor

    Hey, let's all go to Juan les Pins, in the warmth and the sun, and drink Napolean brandy..................

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • de-funes

    summer 2011

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sumons90

    Your name, it is heard in high places You know the Aga Khan He sent you a racehorse for Christmas And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh a-ha-ha-ha

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
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