Mon Pays et Paris

The Friday before Christmas Eve – woo-hoo!

Just thought I’d share my version of holiday music. I’m no caroler, but this puts me in a certain kind of spirit.

J’ai deux amours: mon pays et Paris, the song says. “I have two loves: my country and Paris.” Ain’t that the truth.

I do sometimes feel stretched across the great Atlantic. Family and friends gathered together back in the States; I miss them from here. But I also feel like I am home. Home in Paris. Why limit love? Love is meant to be big and generous and open-hearted and deep. How great to have two loves.

Mon pays et Paris.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


18 Responses to “Mon Pays et Paris”

  1. 1 lupinssupins December 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Et Joyeux Noel à toi, aussi, Sion! Thanks for that video– Josephine Baker was our home town girl, born in St. Louis… now she has a star on the University City Loop’s St. Louis Walk of Fame, but then she only knew poverty here.
    I thought that was her singing in this youtube video, until the credits said it was Madeleine Peyroux singing Baker’s song.

    Bonne Année!


  2. 3 Lindsey December 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Great video! Happy holidays to you, Sion!


  3. 5 Foreign Tongues and Chocolate Tarts December 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm


    They paid her to sing that!

    Bonnes fêtes!


  4. 7 Amy Thomas (@GodILoveParis) December 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Ahhh… love the sentiment. Especially when sung in that dreamy voice.
    Joyeux Noel, Sion! xo


  5. 9 Kristin Bair O'Keeffe December 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    “‘J’ai deux amours: mon pays et Paris, the song says. “I have two loves: my country and Paris.’ Ain’t that the truth.”

    Love it! Merry Christmas, Sion. Enjoy!


  6. 11 Patrick Ross December 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful. Happy holidays, Sion!


  7. 13 Linda December 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Happy Holidays and the very BEST of New Years!!


  8. 15 Franck December 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    “Joséphine Baker”… sitting where you want in a bus, walking into any restaurant and get served and dating and get married with a white man in 1925… just little things she noticed when she arrived in Cherbourg then Paris.
    And she didn’t get paid to say it.
    And the defenitive version post WWII is “J’ai deux amours, mon pays, C’EST Paris”. A bon entendeur… salut !


  9. 17 Paris Karin (an alien parisienne) December 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    What a great song — I love the idea expressed.

    Merry Christmas to you, Sion!


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Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on – no exaggerating – a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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