You Only Live Twice

Nancy Sinatra

About You Only Live Twice

"You Only Live Twice", performed by Nancy Sinatra, is the theme song to the 1967 James Bond film of the same name. The music was by veteran Bond film composer John Barry, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. The song is widely recognized for its striking opening bars, featuring a simple 2-bar theme in the high octaves of the violins and lush harmonies from French horns. It is considered by some to be among the best James Bond theme songs, and has become one of Nancy Sinatra's best known hits. Shortly after Barry's production, Sinatra's producer Lee Hazlewood released a more guitar-based single version. The song has been extensively covered by artists, from Coldplay to Soft Cell, Björk and Little Anthony & The Imperials to Shirley Bassey. Robbie Williams notably re-recorded the opening bars of the song for his hit "Millennium". 


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You Only Live Twice or so it seems, 
One life for yourself and one for your dreams. 
You drift through the years and life seems tame, 
Till one dream appears and love is its name. 

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on, 
Don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone. 

This dream is for you, so pay the price. 
Make one dream come true, you only live twice. 

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on, 
Don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone. 

(from James Bond 007 - You Only Live Twice, 1967)

This dream is for you, so pay the price. 
Make one dream come true, you only live twice.

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sandra Sinatra (born June 8, 1940) is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra, and remains best known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". more »

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Written by: John Barry, Leslie Bricusse

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6 facts about this song

About the Song by Coldplay
1. The song "You Only Live Twice" by Coldplay is an instrumental cover of the original song featured in the James Bond movie of the same title. The band often performs it during concerts as an intro to its hit "Yellow".
About the Song by James Bond
2. The James Bond movie, "You Only Live Twice", features the original song. The title song became iconic, with distinctive, haunting orchestration.
About John Barry
3. John Barry composed the music for "You Only Live Twice" and many other James Bond movies. He is well-known for his contributions to the genre, and his work remains iconic in the series. 4. The "You Only Live Twice" soundtrack became one of Barry's most memorable scores with its romantic, eastern-flavored melody capturing the exotic settings of the movie.
About the Song by Nancy Sinatra
5. Nancy Sinatra sang the title song for "You Only Live Twice". It was the fifth in the James Bond series of films, and Sinatra was the first non-British artist to sing a Bond theme. 6. Sinatra's version of "You Only Live Twice" reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.
About the Song by Soft Cell
7. Soft Cell, an English synth-pop duo, covered "You Only Live Twice" in 1982. Their version is a synth-driven rendition of the song and is included in their album "Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing". 8. Soft Cell's cover of "You Only Live Twice" has a darker and more melancholic tone than the original, showcasing the band's distinctive new wave style.
In Summary
9. "You Only Live Twice" is a song originally composed by John Barry and performed by Nancy Sinatra for the 1967 James Bond film of the same name. The song has since been covered by a range of artists, including Coldplay and Soft Cell, each bringing their unique style to this classic track.

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