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Song Lyric Sunday – The Way We Were

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt is Lights, Camera, Music. Yes, we are looking for memorable movie music scores. This was easier than I thought. An old favorite movie and song of mine is “The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand. The movie featured her and Robert Redford and is definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

The Song

This was the title track to the movie of the same name, which starred Streisand and Robert Redford. The song is about a couple who fall deeply in love despite being complete opposites. They are looking back on fond memories of their time together.

Alan Bergman and his wife Marilyn wrote the lyrics to this song, and Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music. The Bergmans also wrote lyrics for “The Windmills Of Your Mind” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”

Streisand recorded this song on September 12, 1973 with Marty Paich doing the arrangements. The song was released as a single later in the month, and the movie came out on October 19, 1973. The film was very successful and helped popularize the song, which entered the Top 40 on December 22, 1973 and became Streisand’s first #1 hit on Groundhog Day, 1974. The next week it was bumped from the top spot by “Love’s Theme” by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, but reclaimed #1 a week later and stayed there until “Seasons In The Sun” bumped it on March 2. A total of three weeks at #1, but also the beginning of a chart hiatus for Streisand, who wasn’t seen again on the Top 40 until 1976, when “Evergreen” from A Star Is Born entered. This one also spent three weeks at #1.

This song is famous for its opening line, “Memories, light the corners of my mind,” which sets the nostalgic tone for the song and makes it perfect for the movie. Early demos of the song reveal that the first word was written as “Daydreams,” and Streisand came up with the idea to change it to “Memories,” although needing it shortened to two syllables to fit the music, it becomes “Mem’ries.”

In January 1974, a soundtrack album to the film came out featuring this song as the first track and instrumental scores from the film written by Marvin Hamlisch. Around the same time, Streisand also released an album called The Way We Were featuring the song, and was sued by the movie’s producer for using the same title. Streisand’s album was re-issued as “Barbra Streisand Featuring ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘All In Love Is Fair.'” Despite the awkward title, Streisand’s album went to #1 and eventually sold over 2 million copies, far outselling the soundtrack. The film, single, and Streisand’s album all went to #1.

“The Way We Were” won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1974 and the Grammy for Song Of The Year in 1975.

The Song

Mem'ries light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored mem'ries of the way we were

Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me, would we, could we

Mem'ries may be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember 
We simply choose to forget

So it's the laughter we will remember
Whenever we remember the way we were

The way we were

Writer/s: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Tratore
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Song Lyric Sunday – Windmills of Your Mind

Song Lyric Sunday prompts for this week are Circle, Polygon, Square and Triangle. The first song that popped into my mind was Windmills of Your Mind by Noel Harrison. I have included his video lower down on this post. I chose not to feature it as his words were so rushed. The lyrics of this song are so beautiful and should be savored so I went with Sting’s version from the 1999 remake of the movie, The Thomas Crown Affair, featuring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. It is much slower and dreamier. I hope you enjoy it.


The song was first featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair. Director Norman Jewison wanted a song that sounded like The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever” for a scene where McQueen’s character is flying a glider. The song provided a contrast to the visual: McQueen appeared firmly in control, but the music made viewers feel the trepidation going through his mind.

Songwriters Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman wrote this. It took them a while to come up with the title, which they chose because they thought it was interesting.

This won the 1969 Oscar for Best Song From A Film.
Harrison was the son of the British actor Rex Harrison. He is best known in the US for co-starring with Stefanie Powers in the popular ’60s TV spy series The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

Dusty Springfield recorded a popular version of this song on her 1969 album Dusty In Memphis. >>

Marilyn Bergman recalled to the ASCAP Extended Songwriters’ Workshop how this song came about: “That was an assignment, for a picture called The Thomas Crown Affair. It was a picture about a very wealthy playboy who has been everywhere and done everything, and for a thrill, plans a very complicated bank heist. There was a scene in which he is flying a glider for pleasure while he’s planning the bank heist, and the director shot six- or seven-minutes of him circling in the glider — which is a dream for a songwriter: no dialogue, no sound effects, just a little shoosh of wind. Norman Jewison, the director, wanted a song that exposed no character, that didn’t tell any plot – he just wanted the restlessness and uneasiness of the character underlined. Michel wrote six or seven full melodies, and when we work with him, we write to his melodies, because even though he expresses himself perfectly in English, his French accent is such that things can come out sounding a little like calypso songs! He played us these wonderful melodies, and we agreed to sleep on it. The next morning all three of us had independently chosen this oddball melody, almost baroque in feel. It was the opposite of what we had thought we would have chosen the night before.”
Alan Bergman added: “I think we chose it because it’s kind of a ribbon, a circular melody that reflected the flight of a glider very well.”

Noel Harrison once said of this song: “It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. I went to the studio one afternoon, sang it and pretty much forgot about it. I didn’t realize until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel Legrand and the Bergmans had written. It turned out to be my most notable piece of work.”

In the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, this song appears twice: first by Chico O’Farrill and His Orchestra, then by Sting over the closing credits.

Harrison had trouble with the lyric, “Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own, down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone.” Marilyn Bergman recalled: “In Britain, they don’t say ‘shone’ in the past tense. They say ‘shon,’ rhyming with ‘upon.’ The sun ‘shon’ yesterday. He started to sing the song and he sang ‘tunnel of its own… where the sun has never shon.’ We said ‘No, it’s shone.’ And he said ‘No, it’s our language!’ And we said, ‘Yes, but it’s our song.’ So reluctantly, he sang ‘shone’ and our rhyme was intact.”


Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain, or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!

Like a tunnel that you follow to a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving in a half forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping past the minutes of its face
And the world is like an apple whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind!

Keys that jingle in your pocket, words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that you said?
Lovers walking along a shore and leave their footprints in the sand
Is the sound of distant drumming just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway and the fragment of a song
Half remembered names and faces, but to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over you were suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning to the color of her hair!
Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind, like the circles that you find 
In the windmills of your mind!

Written by Michel Legrand and Marilyn and Alan Bergman

Courtesy of Songfacts

Song Lyric Sunday – Sweet Home Alabama

Oh I love today’s prompt from Jim Adams at Song Lyric Sunday! We have been asked to choose a song featured prominently in a movie. I came up with a long list of possibilities but settled on a somewhat controversial song, Sweet Home Alabama, by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.

It reached number 8 on the US chart in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.  The song was written in reply to “Southern Man” and “Alabama” by Neil Young; Young is name-checked in the song’s lyrics. You can read more about the song, its origins, and its sometimes misconstrued meaning here on Wikipedia

The movie was a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patric Dempsey and Candice Bergen. I must have watched it half a dozen times and never seem to get tired of it! If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the trailer on YouTube. It did not allow me to share it here.

Have a great Sunday!

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd

Turn it up
Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss 'ole' 'bamy once again
And I think it's a sin, yes
Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard old Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around anyhow
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you
In Birmingham they love the Gov'nor, boo hoo ooo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you, here I come Alabama
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how bout you?
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you’’
Sweet home Alabama, oh sweet home
Where the skies are so blue and the Governor's true
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I'm coming home to you, yeah yeh
Source: LyricFind
Edward C. King / Gary Robert Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant
Sweet Home Alabama lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,
Universal Music Publishing Group



Early morning light
Streaks through the curtain
Another day dawning
That’s all that is certain

Sarah lies in her bed
Remembering what occurred
The events of the previous night
Have left her somewhat disturbed

“What happened?” she thought
Everything was going so great
Andrew was delightful
Considering it was a blind date

They had gone to a restaurant
For an early dinner and talk
Then a movie to follow
And a stroll on the boardwalk

Andrew had become romantic
And leaned in to kiss
She reciprocated the action
It was a moment of bliss

It lasted just a moment
And then he doubled over in pain
What was the problem?
She could not ascertain

After some endless moments
Sarah realized what was amiss
He’d eaten the lamb curry
It wasn’t the kiss

The hospital emergency room
Was where they eventually parted
They likely wouldn’t meet again
Dating is not for the faint hearted

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

In response to Bjorn’s challenge at D’Verse Poets Writing Narrative Poetry

Photo by Nathan Walker on Unsplash

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