“La Mer” is a song written by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet (1913 – 2001). Trenet wrote the lyrics of “La Mer” on a train in 1943 while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast, returning from Paris to Narbonne. He supposedly wrote the song in ten minutes, on toilet paper… He was assisted with the tune by Leo Chauliac. It was originally published by Raoul Breton. It was not until 1946 that Trenet recorded the song. When it was released in 1946, it became an unexpected hit, and has remained a chanson classic ever since.” – Wikipedia.