Meaning of “Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”by Doris Day
Here is a song that blew up well over half a century ago! But even before that, dating back to the 16th century, we have record of the timeless wisdom this track is based on – “que será, será” (what will be, will be) – being utilized in a number of languages.
In this classic song, American actress and singer Doris Day, plays the role of a woman who is recollecting on the doubts and uncertainties present during different stages of her life. Indeed this track was originally featured in a 1956 film “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, with Doris Day acting as one of the main characters in the movie.
This song goes through three stages. The first stage sees Doris as a young girl questioning her mother pertaining to what her future would be like. In the second stage, she is now an adult, and she faces her honeybun with the same types of inquiries. Finally, in the third stage, it is now rather her own children asking her how fortunate they would be in life. And all three of these settings end in the same way, with the answerer replying “que será, será – what will be, will be”.
Facts about “Que Será, Será”
- “Que Será, Será” was written by American songwriters Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. Livingston composed the music whereas Evans wrote the song’s lyrics.
- The song, which was released as a single, originally came out in 1956.
- The label responsible for the production and release of “Que Será, Será” was Columbia Records.
- This song was written at the request of Alfred Hitchcock, the man behind the film it was featured in, since he felt that Doris Day, being a singer, indeed needed a song to sing in the movie.
- Even though this proved to be her biggest hit, Doris Day was initially reluctant to add her vocals to this song due to deeming it too childlike. Interestingly enough, this classic went on to become the most successful work of her entire career. Day even went on to use the song as the theme song of her sitcom (The Doris Day Show).
- “Que Será, Será” won the 1956 Oscar for Best Song.