Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Voulez Vous

Now here's a simple French expression that's become a part of popular culture thanks to several songs that have made use of the it.  Strictly translated, the phrase "voulez vous" means "would you like to..."  That could mean lots of things, but thanks to LaBelle, it's come to be a smaller part of a longer expression, "voulez vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)," or "would you like to sleep with me tonight."  Hmmm????  Check out the funky, fun, Lady Marmalade:


Of course, this song is etched in music history, especially with the cover version from the 2001 film, Moulin Rouge, and the catch phrase has been used in other pop culture projects, including the animated television series South Park, the films Rush Hour 3 and Better Off Dead, and in countless other songs.  

The shorter version of the phrase can be found in two other very popular songs, one a pop gem from Swedish fab foursome ABBA and the other a French chill song that you might have heard in a commercial or two.  Anyway, it's a cool sounding phrase, and that's probably why it's been so popular.  Now voulez vous lire mon blog?  Check out ABBA:

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