Que Sera, Sera♪

While it is not a hymn, it was the only one I was familiar with that begins with Q!

Joining

Alphabe-Thursday, letter Q

According to http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4667

This song won the 1956 Oscar for Best Song. In addition, Doris Day’s character sang it to herself in a scene from the 1960 film Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and the song later became the theme song for her sitcom The Doris Day Show, which ran from 1968-73. (thanks, Jerro – New Alexandria, PA)

This was written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, who wrote many songs for movies when they were under contract with Paramount Pictures. Doris Day sang it in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 remake of his 1934 film The Man Who Knew Too Much. In the film, she was putting her young son to bed. Livingston told Paul Zollo in 1987: “We got a call from Alfred Hitchcock. And he told us that he had Doris Day in his picture, whom he didn’t want. But MCA, the agency, was so powerful that they said if he wanted Jimmy Stewart he would also have to take Doris Day and Livingston and Evans. It was the only time an agent got us a job that I can remember. Hitchcock said that since Doris Day was a singer, they needed a song for her. He said, ‘I can tell you what it should be about. She sings it to a boy. It should have a foreign title because Jimmy Stewart is a roving ambassador and he goes all over the world.” (this appears in Zollo’s book Songwriters On Songwriting)

 

The phrase “Que Sera, Sera” came from a movie called The Barefoot Contessa, where the character Rossano Brazzi’s family motto was “Che Sera, Sera.” The motto in the film was Italian, but Evans and Livingston switched the “Che” to “Que” because more people spoke Spanish in the US.

 

This became Doris Day’s biggest hit and her signature song, but she didn’t want to record it because she thought of it as a children’s song. Livingston explained in Zollo’s interview: “She didn’t want to record it but the studio pressured her. She did it in one take and said, ‘That’s the last you’re going to hear of this song.'”
Que Sera, Sera
When I was just a little girl,
I asked my mother, “What will I be?
Will I be pretty?
Will I be rich?”
Here’s what she said to me:

 

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”

When I was just a child in school,
I asked my teacher, “What will I try?
Should I paint pictures”
Should I sing songs?”
This was her wise reply:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”

When I grew up and fell in love.
I asked my sweetheart, “What lies ahead?
Will we have rainbows
Day after day?”
Here’s what my sweetheart said:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.”

Now I have Children of my own.
They ask their mother, “What will I be?”
Will I be handsome?
Will I be rich?”
I tell them tenderly:

“Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be;
The future’s not ours to see.
Que sera, sera,
What will be, will be.
Que Sera, Sera!”

5 Responses

  1. Loved reading the history of that song. Love the song! Could hear it in my mind as I read the lines!

  2. I loved that song — when I was a kid and it was popular, I thought the song was saying my name — Sarah! Que Sarah Sarah!! I sang it so much, I still remember all the words now! Glad you posted it — brought back some fond memories.

  3. I was just watching something on PBS and they had that song on. I had never know the full song, just the chorus. Interesting film history! {:-D

  4. I remember that song so well and now you’ve got me humming it.

  5. I love this song. What an interesting history. I’m so glad they pressured her into recording it.

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