New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Click the blue-colored lyrics to read explanations.
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

You talk like Marlene Dietrich
And you dance like Zizi Jeanmaire
Your clothes are all made by Balmain
And there�s diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are.

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

You go to the embassy parties
Where you talk in Russian and Greek
And the young men who move in your circles
They hang on every word you speak, yes they do.

But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes i do.

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

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

And when the snow falls you're found in St. Moritz
With the others of the jet-set
And you sip your Napoleon Brandy
But you never get your lips wet, no you don't.

But where do you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
would you Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes I do.

You're in between 20 and 30
A very desirable age
Your body is firm and inviting
But you live on a glittering stage, yes you do, yes you do.

Your name 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 ha-ha-ha

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
Tell me the thoughts that surround you
I want to look inside your head, yes i do.

I remember the back streets of Naples
Two children begging in rags
Both touched with a burning ambition
To shake off their lowly-borne tags, they try

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

I know where you go to my lovely
When you're alone in your bed
I know the thoughts that surround you
`Cause I can look inside your head.

Lyrics taken from

Correct | Due to the difficulties with automatic merging of existing explanations and users' corrections we've disabled this function for a while. If you've found any mistake, use "Report" form. Sorry for the inconvience. Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:

songmeaningsPost my meaning

  • r
    roshanaroseMar 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    I met a man in 1969. He was an Air Force Officer. We continued our love affair for forty years. He is married and so was I. I was a motel receptionist when I met him in 1969 and this was regarded as "our song". By 2010 I had A Bachelor's Degree and a Diploma of Teaching in Greek. I went on to do a Master's degree in Greek, although I have no Greek background. Although I had had no contact with him for ten years, just a week ago I sensed there was something wrong with my lover. I called him and he told me that he was waiting for the results of a test for cancer of the prostate. I had not spoken to him for ten years. Work that one out. We talked for 2 and a half hours, and not for the first time I felt that no time had passed since our first meeting in 1969. The song is still "our song" but he 'phoned me on the day he received his results and he is dying. I love him so much. How was I to know in 1969 that I would learn Greek? It was by no means deliberate. Marie Claire had somehow fulfilled that prophecy. My last words to him a week ago were "go and forget me forever, but know that I still bear the scars, deep inside". "Go in Peace, my love".
  • m
    MeanMaryJeanJun 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    My friend, who was a DJ named Big John Little, used to play this song every night when the station signed off. That was back in the very early 70's.

    He played it for his first wife, whom he met when she owned nothing, but the clothes on her back. They got married and then she decided she was too good for him.

    That pretty much sums up this song.

    Marie Claire is the toast of Europe, but he wants to remind her where she came from.

    What became of Big John Little, I don't know, but I wanted to share this story with you.
  • s
    Shamol BiswasMar 6, 2013 at 4:39 am
    But where do you go to my lovely.
    When you're alone in your bed.
    would you Tell me the thoughts that surround you.
    I want to look inside your head, yes I do.
  • U
    UnregisteredMar 6, 2012 at 3:00 am
    This is a song about a girl that he grew up with and loves. She has since become successful and is living a fast paced but empty life. She knows lots of people, but no one really knows her except him, her childhood sweet heart, and the taker of her virginity.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 26, 2012 at 5:58 am
    An old friend singing to his love, marie-claire, who he grew up with along the street of naples. Then she was picked up by someone rich, and turned into the pinacle of high society. It leaves to question whether she is a high class prostitute or a beautiful actress.

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    Min 50 words
    Not bad



    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.