Henri Gougaud is the songwriter of this song and has written those words about it: “I remember exactly how I had written ‘Paris ma rose’ because it was with particular circumstances; I had written it in two hours, very quickly, a Sunday afternoon. Then, one day, I found a collection of poems entitled ‘Paris ma rose’ written by the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, in a bookshop in rue Saint-Séverin. It struck me, so I bought it straight away. Of course, his poems have nothing to do with my song but the title. That’s how I discovered this author whose works I have read after that. Then I dedicated a song to him. All of this is a strange coincidence, isn’t it?” This song was set to music by José Cana, performed by Serge Reggiani and harmonized by Jean Golgevit. Jean Golgevit is a choirmaster, trainer, and arranger of numerous songs.
(Translated from French)