Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Doris Day

About Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" is a song written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans that was first published in 1956. Doris Day introduced it in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), singing it as a cue to their onscreen kidnapped son. The four verses of the song progress through the life of the narrator—from childhood, through young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood—and each asks "What will I be?" or "What lies ahead?" The chorus repeats the answer: "What will be, will be. " Day's recording of the song for Columbia Records made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart. It came to be known as Day's signature song. The song in The Man Who Knew Too Much received the 1956 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was the third Oscar in this category for Livingston and Evans, who previously won in 1948 and 1950. In 2004 it finished at number 48 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. 


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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 será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
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 será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
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 será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be
Que será, será

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Doris Day

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, April 3, 1922) is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist, who began her career as a big band singer in 1939, but only began to be noticed after her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey", in 1945. After leaving the Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967, and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century. In 1948, after being persuaded by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and her agent at the time, Al Levy, she auditioned for Michael Curtiz, which led to her being cast in the femal… more »

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Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

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10 facts about this song

Release Details
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" was released by American singer and actress Doris Day in 1956. It was introduced in Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much".
Inspiration
The song has a Spanish title, which translates to "What will be, will be", although neither the lyrics nor the song's authors Jay Livingston and Ray Evans are of Hispanic origin.
Chart Performance
"Que Sera, Sera" was a big hit for Doris Day, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956. It was also a number one hit in the UK’s pop chart.
Critical Recognition
The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1956. It beat competition from the likes of Frank Sinatra’s "I’ve Got You Under My Skin" and Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender".
Song's Influence
The song has been covered by many artists, including Sly & the Family Stone, Mary Hopkin, and Natalie Cole. It’s also been used in countless TV shows and movies.
Significant Legacy
"Que Sera, Sera" became one of Doris Day’s signature songs, and she performed it on her TV show "The Doris Day Show" from 1968 to 1973.
Unusual Aspect
Despite the song's immense popularity, Doris Day originally did not want to record "Que Sera, Sera" as she thought it was a "kiddie song". However, she changed her mind upon hearing the final arrangement.
Cultural Impact
The phrase "Que Sera, Sera" has entered the English language as a common saying, meaning the future can't be predicted and what will be, will be.
Connection to Football
The song "Que Sera, Sera" has been adopted by various football fans and has become something of a football anthem, particularly in the UK where fans sing it on their way to Wembley for the FA Cup Final. A version of the song was even recorded by the squad of the English football team for the 1982 World Cup.
Song's Usage
"Que Sera, Sera" was used as the theme song for "The Doris Day Show", but it has also been used in many other movies apart from "The Man Who Knew Too Much". The song was used in films like "Please Don't Eat the Daisies", "The Glass Bottom Boat", and "With Six You Get Eggroll".

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