L'oiseau et l'enfant

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France "L'oiseau et l'enfant"
Marie Myriam - L'oiseau et l'enfant.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 1977 entry
Miriam Lopes
Marie Myriam
Jean-Paul Cara
Joe Gracy
Raymond Donnez
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry 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 Marie Myriam, who represented France. The song was composed by Jean Paul Cara and written by Joe Gracy. This is currently the last song to win for France.

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. 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".


In 2016, the UNICEF project Kids United covered the song in their second album Tout le bonheur du monde. The song also appeared on SNEP singles charts in August 2016.[1]

Charts performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 2
West Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 19



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