April in Paris
Dinah Shore Lyrics


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April in Paris
Chestnuts in blossoms
Holiday tables
Under the trees
April in Paris
This is a feeling
No one can ever
Reprieve

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never new my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

'Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart...

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never new my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

'Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to




What have you done to
My... hear-eart...

Overall Meaning

Dinah Shore's song April in Paris was written by Vernon Duke and E. Y. Harburg for the 1932 Broadway musical, Walk a Little Faster. The song talks about the beauty and romantic allure of Paris in the springtime. It opens with the line "April in Paris," which is a phrase that has gone on to become synonymous with the city of Paris and its springtime weather. The song speaks of blossoming chestnut trees and tables set under the trees, providing a visual image of a romantic picnic in the city.


The lyrics of the song convey a sense of enchantment and wonderment that the character in the musical experiences for the first time. The singer had never known the charm of spring and had never felt her heart sing or craved a warm embrace until she visited Paris in April. The final stanza of the song laments the effect that the charms of Paris in springtime have had on her heart, wondering whom she can run to and what has been done to her heart.


In summary, the song speaks of the magical and romantic quality of Paris in the springtime that leaves an indelible impression on those who visit the city during the season. It showcases the power of Paris to enchant and leave visitors feeling renewed and in awe of its beauty.


Line by Line Meaning

April in Paris
The beauty of Paris during springtime


Chestnuts in blossoms
The sight of chestnut trees in bloom


Holiday tables
People enjoying meals together outside


Under the trees
The shade of the trees providing a cool spot to relax


This is a feeling
The emotions that are evoked by the sights and sounds of Paris in the spring


No one can ever
The feeling is unique and cannot be replicated elsewhere


Reprieve
Relief from everyday concerns and troubles


I never knew the charm of spring
Before experiencing Paris in the spring, the singer did not appreciate the beauty of the season


Never met it face to face
The singer had not personally experienced the joys of spring


I never new my heart could sing
The singer had not felt such joy and happiness before


Never missed a warm embrace
The singer had not been lacking in love or companionship


'Til April in Paris
The singer's first experience of true springtime beauty was in Paris


Whom can I run to
The singer is overcome with emotion and does not know who to turn to for comfort or support


What have you done to
The singer's heart has been touched and transformed by the experience


My heart...
The singer's emotions are too overwhelming to express fully




Lyrics © MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, Universal Music Publishing Group, Tratore, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: E. Y. Harburg, Vernon Duke

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