Experiencing homesickness as an expat? Whether you chose to live in another country for personal reasons or career opportunities, it’s not uncommon to feel a strong longing for your birthplace, despite your love for your adopted home.
Many expats can relate to this intense feeling from time to time. One such example is the renowned French singer, Michel Polnareff. During his exile in the United States in 1977, he composed « Lettre à France » (Letter to France), a song that beautifully expressed his deep nostalgia for his homeland.
In « Lettre à France, » Polnareff personified France, as if reminiscing about a past romantic relationship. The song resonated with many expats who could relate to the complex mix of emotions associated with missing their home country.
Lettre à la France
(Translation into English)
Letter to France
I live in a music boxElectric and fantastic I live in chimeric The difference It’s this silence sometimes deep inside me
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