En Passant Goldman Explication Essay

En passant is a 1997 album recorded by the Frenchsinger-songwriterJean-Jacques Goldman. The CD was produced between April and August 1997 in collaboration with Erick Benzi at the Kevin Mobile, Mega and Gimmick studios,[2] and was released on the Columbia/Sony BMG record label on 26 August 1997.

Album information[edit]

The CD utilises the HDCD format, which improves the quality of the audio (compared to regular CDs) when played back in a suitable player. The album is intimate and contains acoustic and blues melodies. It mainly deals with death ("On ira", "En passant") and love ("Sache que je", "Quand tu danses", "Les Murailles").

The album went straight to number one on the SNEP albums chart in France and remained for 82 weeks in the top 200. In Belgium (Wallonia), it also debuted at number one and totaled 65 weeks on the chart. It was only ranked for ten weeks in Switzerland, but earned a Platinum disc. It was less successful in Belgium (Flanders) where it stayed for six weeks on the charts (top 50).

The album provided three singles, but only the first one was a hit : "Sache que je" reached #19 in France and #18 in Belgium (Wallonia), while the other two singles ("Quand tu danses" and "Bonne idée") failed to enter the top 50 (#66 and #68 in France).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, composed and performed by Goldman.

  1. "Sache que je" — 5:25
  2. "Bonne idée" — 3:27
  3. "Tout était dit" — 4:18
  4. "Quand tu danses" — 4:25
  5. "Le coureur" — 4:14
  6. "Juste quelques hommes" — 4:44
  7. "Nos mains" — 3:18
  8. "Natacha" — 3:01
  9. "Les murailles" — 2:28
  10. "On ira" — 4:25
  11. "En passant" — 7:18


  • Jean-Jacques Goldman – guitar, vocals
  • Erick Benzi – engineer
  • Claude Gassian – photography
  • Alexis Grosbois – coordination

Release history[edit]

1997MercuryBelgium, France, SwitzerlandCD4887912
1998Sony International488791

Certifications and sales[edit]

CountryCertificationDateSales certifiedPhysical sales


Chart (1997/98)Peak
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[6]38
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[6]1
French SNEP Albums Chart[6]1
Swiss Albums Chart[6]10
End of year chart (1997)Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[7]5
French Albums Chart[8]2
End of year chart (1998)Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[9]26
French Albums Chart[10]25


  1. ^Allmusic review
  2. ^Source: En passant album notes
  3. ^"1998 certifications in France". Disqueenfrance. Archived from the original on December 12, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  4. ^"Chart run and sale of French albums in France". Fan of Music. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  5. ^"1997 Swiss certifications". Swisscharts. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ abcd"En passant, in various albums charts". Lescharts. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  7. ^"1997 Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart". Ultratop. Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  8. ^"1997 French Albums Chart". Disqueenfrance. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  9. ^"1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart". Ultratop. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  10. ^"1998 French Albums Chart". Disqueenfrance. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 

"Puisque tu pars" is a 1987 song recorded by the French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman. It was released in July 1988 as the fourth single from his album Entre gris clair et gris foncé, on which it features as the sixth track in an extended version. The song was a number three hit in France.

Background, lyrics and music[edit]

Goldman explained that the song deals with "departure, separation, and everything it implies". He said : "The idea came to me at the end of my concerts, when people sang: 'this is just a goodbye ...' [...] So I thought about writing a song about departure, but to show that departure is not necessarily sad, but there were also positive sides to leaving and separating."[1][2]

The song, which shows a "certain maturity" in the writing, has an "emotional expressiveness which depicts the dilemma of a love that doesn't want to be possessive".[3]

The song is included on several of Goldman's albums, such as Traces, Intégrale and Singulier (best of), Du New Morning au Zénith and Un tour ensemble (in live versions). The live performance by Goldman and Les Fous Chantants features on the DVD Solidarités Inondations.

Cover versions[edit]

"Puisque tu pars" was covered by Jean-Félix Lalanne in 1990, by Michael Lecler in 1996 (instrumental version), by Les Fous Chantants in 2000 (features on the album 1 000 choristes rendent hommage à Jean-Jacques Goldman, by Le Collège de l'Estérel in 2002, and by Les 500 Choristes in 2006 (for the compilation of the same name, eighth track).[4]

The song was also covered in Mandarin Chinese or Putonghua by Tracy Huang in 1991 under the title "讓愛自由".

It was covered in English-language by Céline Dion, under the title "Let's Talk About Love," available on the album of the same name[5] in 1998 and in 1999 on one of her live albums, Au coeur du stade. It was translated by Bryan Adams and Eliot Kennedy. A demo version of Adams' translation appeared on the CD single "Cloud Number Nine" in 1999.[6]

Tony Carreira made a cover version in Portuguese-language under the title "Já que te vais" although in the beginning before the controversy authorship of several songs, the song was registered as written by Ricardo Landum and Tony Carreira.

Chart performances[edit]

The single ranked in France for 24 weeks on the official chart established by the SNEP. It went straight to number 23 on 16 July 1988 and reached the top ten two weeks later. It climbed quickly but remained behind the two summer hits "Nuit de folie" and "Un Roman d'amitié (Friend You Give Me a Reason)", peaking for three non consecutive weeks at number three. It totaled 15 weeks in the top ten, then dropped rather quickly.[7] It achieved Silver status.[8]

According to Infodisc website, 562,000 copies of the single were sold, making the hit the 446th best-selling single of all time in France.[9]

The song was also released in Canada and Japan, but failed to reach the singles chart in these countries.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Puisque tu pars" — 7:24
  2. "Entre gris clair et gris foncé"
  3. "Tout petit monde"
7" single
  1. "Puisque tu pars" — 4:50
  2. "Entre gris clair et gris foncé" — 3:57
12" maxi
  1. "Puisque tu pars" (extended version) — 7:24
  2. "Puisque tu pars" (edit) — 4:50
  3. "Entre gris clair et gris foncé" — 3:57

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (1988)[7]Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart3
CountryCertificationDateSales certified


  1. ^Interview of JJ Goldman, Europe 2, February 28, 1997
  2. ^Interview of JJ Goldman, Radio Maguelonne, April 26, 1998
  3. ^Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 136 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  4. ^Les 500 Choristes, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
  5. ^Let's Talk About Love, Céline Dion, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
  6. ^"Cloud #9", Bryan Adams, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 9, 2008)
  7. ^ ab"Puisque tu pars", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 8, 2008)
  8. ^ abFrench certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved May 8, 2008)
  9. ^Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved May 9, 2008)

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