Originally recorded by Ferland in Paris in 1969, Un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin went unnoticed by the public following its release, although Renée Claude included it in all her stage concerts for many years.
For Ferland, as with many songwriters, writing about one’s emotions is sometimes easier than confronting them. The song originally described the end of a love affair and a desire to leave a relationship. Six years later and in a new political and social context, Ginette Reno’s interpretation brought new meaning to Ferland’s lyrics, adding a dimension of courage and intensity to the piece.
According to producer Guy Latraverse, “We changed the music industry that night because the public made a connection between the songwriter (Ferland) and the world of pop music (Reno). This link produced a unified profession instead of two separate worlds like before.”
Un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin became a SOCAN Classic in 2003, joining the select club of French Canadian songs having achieved 25,000 radio spins.