DÉSOBÉISSANCE


Collage curtesy of MYNA MORAMENTO RAFI

Désobéissance is a song from Mylène Farmer’s eleventh studio album, Désobéissance (2018). It is the third single from it.

“I like to disobey everything in the end. I like disobedience. I like being out of the frame …” (Mylène Farmer – RTL – 03/10/2018 )



Filming the clip

Album  Désobéissance debuted at number one in France, selling 90,379 copies (84,142 in physical sales, 4,144 in downloads and 2,092 in streaming). It became the album with the third-largest opening sales week of 2018.

It was certified as platinum in France in eight days after its debut. On 14 December 2018,  Désobéissance was certified 2× Platinum and has sold 213,000 copies in France. 

Nicely done, dear Mylene, once again! 30 years after the Ainsi soit je…(which by the way was sold 1,800,000 worldwide)

Cole Porter “Let’s misbehave”

Off the bet, it links in my mind to another controversial figure of its time with the strong tights to Paris Cole Porter and his “Let’s misbehave” (which by some freak chance happened to be released 90 years earlier). Those coincidences make my heart beat faster every time!

I think I have been disobeying, basically, for a long time. Avoid all dictates. I get bored, I get bored easily. I also miss myself, in all humility. But it’s true that the uniformity of people bothers me tremendously, and that I need to shout my difference ” (Mylène Farmer – RFM – 10/02/2018 )

Curiously, the music was written by the young musician and composer, Léon Deutschmann who at the time studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris (CRR). Being close to Lisa Gautier, Mylène’s niece, he had a chance to show her his work. Its not at all done by Laurent Boutonnat as some insinuated being probably blown away by the familiarity of the cords and overall melody.

“He (Léon Deutschmann) has a classical training. I think he is going back to university. He plays the trombone very very well, and we met, he had some compositions, and I admit that I fell in love with his melodies, and he is a very nice boy, moreover …” (Mylène Farmer – RTL – 03/10/2018)

I suppose Auntie Mylene approved Lisa’s choice! So sweet…

More about Lisa Gautier here

“Disobedience is a song that for me had to make people dance, which could be even more dynamic and powerful. I can clearly see the Mico C version enlivening the dance floors and moving the crowds, and the Swindlers version, being listened to in lounge mode, a glass of Champagne in hand by a beach. What I can tell your readers is that they will rediscover Mylène’s voice on this track in a different way. The fans will tell us what they think! ” (Mico C – garcon-magazine.com – May 03, 2019)

The song is for sure very well suitable for any dance/club remixes. It nails it as far as the production and the target audience. Another great piece! What can I say? She is just that good!

She doesn’t only sound so familiar melodically, but also pulls us closer with her signature lyrics and themes featuring the Freedom and liberation, darkness represented by whores,detentions, hells that burn lips, the dead, but I seized the marvelous). I am in! I am happy to see and re-experience it all as a long yearn for this déjà vu. I embrace the feeling like an old beloved friend.

Bruno Aveillan has already directed for Mylène in 2008 the music videos Degeneration and Si j’avais au moins… which fit into the short film The Farmer Project .
He is also the director of the music video Stolen Car, the duet with Sting in 2015 which remains Mylène’s most viewed music video on YouTube.

The shooting took place during the night of October 11 to 12, 2018 in a horticultural farm located in Noisy Le Roi in the Yvelines in France. The greenhouses that served as a studio were used for several years for the wintering of roses.

Désobéissance is the fourth extract from the album Désobéissance benefiting from a clip after Rolling Stone, N’oublie pas (with LP) and Sentimentale .
All these clips are present on the reissue of the album released on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Overall, the visual effects and the song go well together. It reminds me of Rolling Stone (which I covered a bit earlier as my preferences lie a bit stronger with it)

What I do like however is the strong linkage to her portrait of the album cover done by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The portraits are just mind blowing gorgeous. They have it all: reminiscence of the Libertine with the army like outfit, her androgynous pose makes me ache from delight, the classic settings full of symbolism as well as heavy influenced by the classic portraits of the 18s century). It is a perfection as we know it. She reminds us quite baldly once again that she is still that Mylene we remember and love for decades. She is there with her gorgeous mix of feminine and masculine energies and she is willing to defeat the grip of time (represented by the golden scull) by stepping on it with her powerful boot and displaying her ready to be used sword. I won’t mess with you, my dearest!😊

I can stare at this portrait for hours, totally mesmerized. 


LÉON DEUTSCHMANN publishes from 2017 on the Internet with his compositions under the nickname “Christmas” (Léon backwards …) some of which are produced by Lisa (Mylene’s niece).


Jean-Baptiste Mondino (born Aubervilliers, France on July 21, 1949) is a French fashion photographer and music video director. He has directed music videos for Madonna, David Bowie, Sting, Björk, Don Henley, Neneh Cherry, Axel Bauer and Les Rita Mitsouko.

Mondino has also photographed the covers and album packaging for the Marianne Faithfull albums Before The Poison (2005) and Easy Come, Easy Go (2008), Shakespear’s Sister’s Hormonally Yours (1992), Alain Bashung’s Osez Joséphine (1991), Chatterton (1994),

Mylène Farmer’s Désobéissance (2018) and Prince’s Lovesexy (1988).

Photos of location scouting for the clip shared by director Bruno Aveillan on February 6, 2019 on instagram.



The way Désobéissance is spelled with a few letters upside down, it shapes into the word “ASS”. Isn’t it a cheeky hint to the “Histoire de fesses” featuring on the Album?


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MY POETRY INSPIRED BY THE SONG

(Originally in English)


Open up your starry doors
Into the Sacred Darkness of Yours
Your Devine Femininity is crying
For a nurturing from up above …

Undrape your bleeding bandages
I’ll wrap around your broken branches
Protecting the Light of
Your Sacred Darkness
As You are a Whole now

Liberate your Rebellious Spirit
with the Power of a gentle Renewal.
Your Tinted Divinity misses
The Light. 
The Dawn is approaching
Can you feel it?


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lyrics with translation


J’ai connu des putains, de ténèbres
Et des retenues, des enfers qui brûlent lèvres
Et j’ai vu des lumières des cierges et des mirages
Mais j’ai voulu celle que je suis un brin sauvage

Désobéissance
À l’audace je fais le serment
Des mots d’amour
Plus le temps d’être à contre-jour

Désobéissance
Être soi marcher dans le vent
Si le cœur lourd
Détaché, vent de liberté

J’ai connu des, des vrais champs de blés
J’ai fermé les yeux et la fièvre est tombée
J’ai vu des morts, mais j’ai saisi le merveilleux
Et j’ai voulu celle que je suis un nom de Dieu

Désobéissance
À l’audace je fais le serment
Des mots d’amour
Plus le temps d’être à contre-jour

Désobéissance
Être soi marcher dans le vent
Si le cœur lourd
Détaché, vent de liberté

Désobéissance
À l’audace je fais le serment
Des mots d’amour
Plus le temps d’être à contre-jour

Désobéissance
Être soi marcher dans le vent
Si le cœur lourd
Détaché, vent de liberté

Désobéissance
Être soi marcher dans le vent
Si le cœur lourd
Détaché, vent de liberté

I have known whores, darkness
And restraints, hells that burn lips
And I have seen lights, candles and mirages
But I wanted the one that I am a bit wild
Disobedience
To audacity I make the oath
Words of love
No more time to be against the light
Disobedience
To be oneself walking in the wind
If the heart is heavy
Detached, wind of freedom
I have known real fields of wheat
I closed my eyes and the fever fell
I saw the dead, but I grasped the wonderful
And I wanted the one that I am a name of God
Disobedience
To the audacity I make the oath
Words of love
No more time to be against the light
Disobedience
To be oneself walking in the wind
If the heart is heavy
Detached, wind of freedom
Disobedience
To boldness I make the oath
Words of love
No more time to be against the light
Disobedience
To be oneself walking in the wind
If the heart is heavy
Detached, wind of freedom
Disobedience
To be oneself walking in the wind
If the heart is heavy
Unleashed, wind of freedom


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