Song 58: Damita Jo – If You Go Away [originally: Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas]

The song Ne me quitte pas, or If You Go Away, was originally written in 1959 by Jacques Brel, a Belgian song writer who “composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following, initially in Belgium and France, later throughout the world“. The song had adaptions in many languages from Greek to Arabic. Notable artists have performed the song such as Nina Simone, Allison Moyet, Sting, Barbara Streisand and Shirley Bassey to name the most important.

The English adaptation was first made by Rod McKuen. Damita Jo released the English version in 1966 in an album with the same name. Listened to Ne me quitte pas in many versions, never though from Jo. It is worth a try. The result is impressive. Enjoy.