Here’s Charles Trenet singing “La Mer,” a song which I’ve long enjoyed. Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” is based upon it, but “La Mer” is far superior.

See below for the translated lyrics. I thought it was a love song, but it’s an ode to nature’s beauty:

The sea
Which we see dancing along the clear gulfs
has silver sparkles.

The sea
has changing sparkles
Under the rain.

The sea
To the summer sky’s confuses her white sheep
With angels so pure.

The sea
Shepherdess of infinite sky.

See
Next to the ponds
Those tall wet reeds.

See
Those white birds
And those rusty houses.

The sea
Has rocked them like a baby
Along the clear gulfs
And with a love song.

The sea
Has rocked my heart for life.

Here’s the wikipedia entry on Trenet, who died in 2001. An interesting fellow.