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Dee Shipman  Dee Shipman  Dee Shipman

"Every song I have translated is well translated, the one who works on the very difficult songs with me is Dee Shipman. I know her telephone number by heart, and her fax. It goes back and forth - 'No! I don't like this word!' And she comes back and says 'Because you don't understand English!' So I have to convince her and she has to convince me, and the rapport is fantastic." 

- Charles Aznavour

"It was October 31st, and Charles's nephew, Patrick Shart, who was running his music publishing company, Chappell-Aznavour, came to see me at Blakes Hotel in London, where we were staying that week, and said

"Would you like to do some lyrics for Aznavour?" 

Wow! Like I was going to say no! He gave me a cassette with two songs in French, and the literal translations. I told him I'd do them when I got home to Sussex at the weekend.

Anyway, what with being taken to hospital with Peritonitis, and feeling pretty shitty for a while afterwards (but that's another song!!),I got the first of the two lyrics, Children Of Dreams, written by December 31st.

So in January, I looked at 'Par Gourmandise', the second of the two.........I knew that because of the shape, ,A,A,A,, and the fact that the title was the first line of each verse, the important thing was to get that first line, then the rest would follow. 

But oh, the potential traps that were waiting for me to fall into.......! The title translated as "With Greediness", and literally, each first line was

"I also love you with greediness......" So what could I do with that? "I love you so muchI could eat you!"? No, far too many other connotations..! 
And anyway, it not only had to capture the same meaning as the original, it also had to fall exactly on the right notes in the right places!

I just couldn't get it......... and January moved on, and turned to February............ and Patrick Shart would keep calling me with such comforting lines as

"It's okay darling... we know it's very difficult - five other lyricists have tried it and Charles didn't like any of their attempts" And that was supposed to make me feel BETTER?

Then the strangest thing happened..........

I was asleep one night, dreaming,and suddenly the 'picture' went dark. And then in the darkness I could see a distant figure in a spotlight; and I 'zoomed in', as you can in dreams - and I realised it was Aznavour on stage,singing. He was wearing black trousers, a black polo neck sweater (remember, at this time I had never met him, or seen him in concert)......... and as I watched and listened, I started to wake up.

Still in a half sleep trance, I lay there thinking,
"That melody was very familiar........... oh my God, it was 'Par Gourmandise'! But he wasn't singing in WHAT WAS HE SINGING?"

Somehow I was able to go back into the dream........ and as I 'zoomed in' again, I heard him singing

"You ,make me hungry for your loving............"

I woke myself up,crept out of bed, into the next room where the piano was, and scribbled the line on the notepad. And went back to bed.

The next morning I was scared to look at the pad; usually, when you scribble something in the night,in the morning all you've got is scribble! But, no, there it was........
"You make me hungry for your loving...."

I walked round the room, singing it, trying it out.. it fitted the notes, the downbeats, exactly! And the meaning was exactly what I'd been searching for.!

I sat down to write......and just over two hours later, it was finished!

Which was just as well - because the next day Patrick called me and asked if I could be at the Westbury Hotel at 4pm the next afternoon... Charles was in town, and wanted to meet me, and see the lyric!

And the rest, as they say (who ARE they??) is history..............! "




You Make Me Hungry For Your Loving
(Dee Shipman / Charles Aznavour)

You make me hungry for your loving
To taste your smile upon my tongue
You’re like the cherry cake and candy
I used to steal when I was young
The sweet objective of desire
Forbidden fruit that must be mine
I want to know you with my kisses
And drink your lips like summer wine

You make me hungry for your loving
And I devour you with my eyes
Your body talks to me of pleasure
The food that love alone supplies
Arousing appetites within me
That I have never known before
And in my greediness I take you
And come again, and ask for more

You make me hungry for your loving
To savour every part of you
You fill my senses so completely
In all you say and all you do
If you will satisfy my hunger
There’s so much love that I can show
Now we’re alone, you must come closer.........
The taste of loving you 
Is all I need to know.......



  • ESQUIRE - Charles Aznavour (1978 - MAM)

ESQUIRE - Charles Aznavour (1978 - MAM)


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