Live For Life

Composer Francis Lai
Lyricist (English) Norman Gimbel
Year Written 1967
About Life for Life
“Live For Life” was written for the 1967 French film, Vivre Pour Vivre, which starred Yves Montand, Annie Giradot and Candice Bergen; the film concerns an ill-fated romantic triangle. The film was directed by Claude Lelouch.


Come with me, my love, and seize this day and live it, live it fully, live it fast
Never thinking once about tomorrow till tomorrow’s been and gone and past
We’ll pour the wine and fill the cup of joy and drink a drink as if it were the last
Live, just live for life

In Paree today and Amsterdam tomorrow, sixty minutes through the skies
Fly with me to see the setting summer sun and stay with me to see it rise
Then say to those who say “to live this way is mad”, then mad we’d rather be than wise
Live, just live for life

If you let me I will lead you
Through the myst’ry and wonder
Of a world you’ve never known before
Share the splendors to be shared
Magic places to explore
There the dangers to be dared
Life is all of this and more
This and more

Yesterday’s a mem’ry gone for good forever while tomorrow is a guess
What is real is what is here and now, the here and now is all that we possess
So take my hand and we will taste the moment if for just the moment’s happiness
Live, just live for life

Live, just live for life
Live, just live for life
Live, just live for life

Session / Album Information


“Live For Life” was recorded on October 7, 1969 and released the following year on the album Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today! It was arranged by Peter Matz.

Live For Life

Listen to Live For Life on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1971.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9980 — Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today
  • 2011: Disc #39 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK38) Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today!

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