The song was first recorded by Charles Trenet in 1942. It was used extensively in the François Truffaut film Stolen Kisses (1968), its French title, Baisers volés, having been taken from the song's lyrics. The song was also used in the films "Iris" (2001), "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) and "Ces amours-là" (2010).
The song is best known to English-speaking audiences as "I Wish You Love", with new lyrics by Albert A. Beach: introduced in 1957 by Keely Smith as the title cut of her solo debut album, "I Wish You Love" would become one of Smith's signature songs. Smith's debut album otherwise consisted of standards: she would recall: "[when] we sat down to select the songs [record producer] Voyle Gilmore...played a bunch of standards [then] said: 'I want to play you a really pretty French song...it won't mean nothing and you won't do it in the album but I just thought I'd play it for you' and he played 'I Wish You Love'. So, at the end of him playing all these songs...I said: 'Babe, I'll sing any 11 songs y'all want me to but I want to sing 'I Wish You Love'."
Goodbye, No use leading with our chins, This is where our story ends, Never lovers ever friends. Goodbye, Let our hearts call it a day, But before you walk away, I sincerely want to say.
I wish you bluebirds in the spring, To give your heart a song to sing, And then a kiss, but more than this, I wish you love.
And then July, lemonade To cool you in some leafy glade, I wish you health, and more than wealth, I wish you love.
My breaking heart and I agree That you and I could never be, So with my best, my very best, I set you free.
I wish you shelter from the storm, A cozy fire to keep you warm, Most of all, when snowflakes fall, I wish you love.