"L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "
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The line is from the Habanera from Carmen by Georges Bizet (1838-1875).

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The verse in English is:

Love is a rebellious bird
that nobody can tame,
and you can call him though it's in vain,
if it suits him not to come.


The habanera, also called the Cuban contradanza, is a rhythmic 19th century dance with sung lyrics.


A very unusual rendition, involving some clever technical wizardry, is this "duet" between Maria Callas and Angela Gheorghiu: