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Dieu que la vie est cruelle
Au musicien des ruelles
Son copain, son compagnon
C'est l'accordéon
--L'Accordéon, written by Serge Gainsbourg

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The accordion is a portable box-shaped musical instrument of the hand-held bellows-driven free-reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox.

A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist.

It is played by compressing or expanding its bellows, while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves called pallets to open which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel called reeds that vibrate to produce sound inside the body.

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