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France L'oiseau et l'enfant
Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1977 entry
Country France
Artist(s) Miriam Lopes
As Marie Myriam
Language French
Composer(s) Jean-Paul Cara
Lyricist(s) Joe Gracy
Conductor Raymond Donnez
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 136
Appearance chronology
◄ Un, deux, trois (1976)   
Il y aura toujours des violons (1978) ►

"L'oiseau et l'enfant" ("The Bird and the Child") was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977 performed in French by the Portuguese singer Marie Myriam, who represented France. The song was composed by Jean-Paul Cara and written by Joe Gracy.

The song was the eighteenth and final song performed on the night (following Belgium’s Dream Express with "A Million in One, Two, Three"). At the close of voting, it had received 136 points, coming first in a field of eighteen.

The song's lyrics are based on the extended metaphor that the "bird" of the title is the singer’s lover, while the "child" is the singer herself. The song is noted for its lyrical hooks, in which the last word of each verse would start the next verse. (e.g. "Vois comme le monde, le monde est beau/Beau, le bateau, dansant sur les vagues...") Myriam recorded the song in five languages; French, English (as "The Bird and the Child"), German ("Der Vogel und das Mädchen"), Spanish ("El zagal y el ave azul") and her mother tongue Portuguese ("A ave e a infância").

During Preview Week, Myriam's music video showed her performing the song in an open-air atmosphere, in a section of the Square René Viviani in Paris. This preview video is notable for the prominent presence of the gendarmes having to restrain the crowd, some of whom having climbed the noted "oldest tree in Paris" to catch a glimpse of the singer. On the Contest night, she performed in a floor-length orange gown while her five backup singers were clad in black.

It was succeeded as French representative at the 1978 Contest by Joël Prévost with "Il y aura toujours des violons".

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Preceded by
Save Your Kisses for Me by Brotherhood of Man
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
A-Ba-Ni-Bi by Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta


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