Josephine Baker, "I Have Two Loves"

One of Josephine Baker's most evocative songs was "J'ai deux amours" ["I Have Two Loves"], containing the famous lines:

J'ai deux amours --
Mon pays et Paris

Paris toujours

C'est mon rĂªve joli

I have two loves --

My country and Paris

Paris forever

That's my pretty dream.

The song was originally developed for her role in the show Paris qui remue [Paris Sizzles] in which she played a young native girl from the French empire in love with a dashing young Frenchmen. But audiences assumed that the "my country" was America. Later, Baker changed the line to "My country is Paris."

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