a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs

Lyrics: Neil Hannon (tr: Bertrand Burgalat)

Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy & Valérie Lemercier


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).



It’s a French version of ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’. Bertrand Burgalat who produced and translated this version, was at the time sharing his life with French humorist Valérie Lemercier for whom he also produced an album. Then, ‘Comme Beaucoup De Messieurs’ was used to promote both her album and Casanova, but it doesn’t appear on either.

There are two versions, the only difference between them being the “plus maintenant”, which doesn’t sound the same. It is unsure why the alternate version (only on a promo CD) does exist.

Alfie is a film featuring Michael Caine, to which ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’ is a reference.

A video was directed by Peter Scammell. It features Neil and Valérie in from of the river Thames, and uses some of the footages of the ‘Becoming More Like Alfie’ video.