This is an early performance of Brel's best known song , from the year it was written. Known as "If You Go Away" the actual lyrics Brel wrote are literally translated here. Performed in English by Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra and many others
Though often cited as the most beautiful love song in the French language, Brel tells us it's not a love song at all, rather a portrait of a man who degrades himself and loses his dignity for
a woman who doesn't love him.
The eerie electronic instrument is Les Ondes Martinot, Martinot Waves, a theremin with a keyboard sometimes used in French classical music.