Gary Moore with Phil Lynott - 'Parisienne Walkways' (Live)
"Parisienne Walkways" is a song by guitarist Gary Moore that reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1979. The song is featured on Moore's album Back on the Streets and features a vocal from Thin Lizzy frontman, Phil Lynott, who co-wrote the song with Moore. Lynott also played bass guitar on the track, alongside Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey, thus reuniting the short-lived 1974 Thin Lizzy line-up which had recorded "Still in Love with You" and the single "Little Darling". The melody of "Parisienne Walkways" is based on the jazz standard "Blue Bossa" by Kenny Dorham. It became Gary Moore's signature song.
According to Richard Buskin, the opening line, "I remember Paris in '49,” was an amendment of the line as it appeared in the original sheet music — "I remember Paris in the fall tonight” — and refers to Phil's missing father, Cecil Paris and his birth-year, 1949. A lament for the father he never had, dressed up in romantic nostalgia.
I remember Paris in '49
The champs Elyses
Saint Michel and old Beaujolais wine
And I recall
That you were mine
In those Parisienne days
Looking back at the photographs
Those summer days
Spent outside corner cafes
Oh I could write you paragraphs
About my own Parisienne days
Songwriters: Gary Moore / Phil Lynott