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"N'avoue jamais" (French pronunciation: [navu ʒamɛ]; "Never admit") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1965, performed in French by Guy Mardel. Mardel also wrote the lyrics and the melody was composed by Françoise Dorin.
|Eurovision Song Contest 1965 entry|
|◄ "Le chant de Mallory" (1964)|
|"Chez nous" (1966) ►|
The song was performed eleventh on the night under the baton of Franck Pourcel. The performance followed Sweden's Ingvar Wixell with "Absent Friend" and preceded Portugal's Simone de Oliveira with "Sol de inverno". At the close of voting, it had received 22 points, placing 3rd in a field of 18.
The song is sung as words of advice to young men, with Mardel counselling them never to admit their feelings to their lovers. He contends that "you have to sow doubt to reap love" – in other words, the lovers will receive favours in order to earn their love if they don't give it openly. Mardel also recorded the song in Spanish and Italian, as "Jamás, jamás" and "Non dire mai" respectively.
- Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1965
- Detailed info & lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "N'avoue jamais".