N’importe quoi [No Matter What], lyrics and music by Peter Forêt
recorded at studioNINE

Here’s one to add to the long list of English songs with French titles [like “Michelle”, “My Cherie Amour”, etc.]. N’importe quoi [No Matter What] is lyrically autobiographical [and quite vague, you’ll have to use your imagination] and, musically, a mix of funk and Latin jazz. Featuring great improvised solos from René Lavoie [flute] and Peter Beaudoin [drums].  The background vocals at the coda sound like something off of Steely Dan’s “Aja” album.

A Whiter Shade of Pale could be heard from the street
And called her like the siren’s song
An odyssey began as we tenderly held hands
And we’d never let go

One moment can change a life forever
One moment can fill an empty heart

I will always adore you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi
And I’ll always be there for you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi

We came to the shelter and I paused at the door
Thinking I could never see this through
When I tried to put him down he wrapped his hand around my finger
And he would not let go

One moment can change a life forever
One moment can fill an empty heart

I will always love you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi
And I’m so proud of you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi

I  panic sometimes thinkin’ ‘bout the future
Worryin’ ‘bout this world we live in
But it’s joy I find when I turn my mind
To the blessings I’ve been given

One moment can change a life forever
One moment can fill an empty heart

I will always love you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi
And I’m so proud of you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi
I will always adore you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi
And I’ll always be there for you
N’importe quoi n’importe quoi

Peter Forêt-guitar, lead vocal, songwriter/arranger
Dave Poulin-background vocals, producer/engineer
Sherri Harding-background vocals
Dave Arthur-background vocals
Peter Beaudoin-drums
Mark Ferguson-keys, trombone
René Lavoie-flute
Mike Tremblay-tenor saxophone
Tom McMahon-bass
René Fortier-congas

cover art by Lucie Lavallée