La vie des hommes by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)


This song was released in 1986 as part of an album celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of TPOK Jazz. The album was labeled 30 Ans du success and had two other songs: Ida and Celio. Franco is the lead singer / narrator while the backup vocals are provided by Madilu System.

In past years, Franco was known for composing songs that were largely critical of women. In the mid 1980s however he changed tact and sung songs from the perspective of women. La Vie des Hommes was one the second major composition of this genre.


La vie des hommes (The lives of men: Luambo-Makiadi) is a song in which Franco describes the life of a woman whose husband completely neglects his first wife and children to benefit a second wife. He refuses to eat food prepared by the first wife for fear of being poisoned. He deserts his home and no longer gives the household money to the first wife. Throughout the song, the first wife, known as Marie Louise, laments and asks God why such a fate has befallen her.

Song video

Lyrics and Translation

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5 Responses to La vie des hommes by Franco (Lyrics and Translation)

  1. Ray says:

    a memorable song by the grand maestro

  2. Vwesson Omar says:

    Life’s amazing. This extra ordinary work and true story of what women went through the so called wealth marriage!

  3. clifford moogi says:

    great music this piece will live as long as marriage and love lives

  4. Great song I have loved since January 1987 when I first heard it. To me this is Franco’s greatest work.

  5. Jack Chishala says:

    No wonder he was called Grand Master!!! A wonderful masterpiece!! Forever my favourite

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