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Seen in the 'village de caractère' of Exoudun, Deux-Sèvres.

"(The) Green Door" is a 1956 popular song with music by Bob Davie and lyrics by Marvin Moore. The lyrics describe a nondescript establishment with a green door behind which "a happy crowd" play piano, smoke and "laugh a lot", and which the singer won't be let into.

The hit version of the song in the United States was recorded by Jim Lowe, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1956. In the United Kingdom, Lowe's version reached #8 on the charts, but a version by Frankie Vaughan was even more popular, reaching #2. Another UK recording, by Glen Mason, reached #24 on the UK chart. However, the most popular version in the UK was by rock and roll revival act Shakin' Stevens which spent four weeks at number one in July 1981.

"There's an old piano and they play it hot behind the green door

Don't know what they're doing but they laugh a lot behind the green door

Wish they'd let me in so I could find out what's behind the green door."

With thanks to the Wikipedia and the Guardian web sites.

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