Emerson, Lake & Palmer: C’est La Vie performed in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium on August 26, 1977.
The song, written by Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield, is the second track on side of the double album, Works Volume 1, the band's fifth studio album, which was released on March 17, 1977. The album was recorded at EMI Studios in Paris. This was more than 40 years ago. What remains is the French feel of nostalgie that this song evokes, about wandering, loss, and resignation that many feel after a certain age. Some would assert that this is a betrayal of confidence in the “let’s get ahead club.” This, the abandonment of a bad idea, is not necessarily a worrisome thing, although there are always nagging doubts being whispered in your ear. Yet, such detours are freeing, leading to the loss of the fear of judgment and of failure, an enemy of humanity, yet a constant companion and a tiresome and a heavy burden that over the decades becomes harder to bear. There is something better, something more eternal to gain, in walking a far different path. It’s not a matter in being first but in finishing the race.