♫ You Don’t Bring Me Flowers ♫

I was just strolling barefoot through my list of tbp (to be played) songs tonight, and this one struck my fancy, for no particular reason other than that I like it.

The song was written by Neil Diamond with Alan and Marilyn Bergman for the ill-fated daily TV sitcom All That Glitters. The song was intended to be the theme song, but Norman Lear, the show’s creator, changed the concept of the show and the song was no longer appropriate. Diamond then expanded the track from 45 seconds to 3:17, adding instrumental sections and an additional verse. The Bergmans contributed to the song’s lyrics.

In 1977, Diamond released the album I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight, which included the track You Don’t Bring Me Flowers as a solo performance. Early in 1978, Barbra Streisand covered the song on her album Songbird.

These solo recordings were famously spliced together by Gary Guthrie, a producer at the radio station WAKY-AM in Louisville, Kentucky, who did it as a going away present to his wife, whom he had just divorced. Guthrie’s spliced-together duet version first aired on WAKY on May 24, 1978.  It was such a hit, that other stations began doing their own mix of the song.

Guthrie sent CBS his version of the duet on July 27, and by August 3, both Striesand and Diamond had agreed to the release of a duet version. However, rather than issue any of the spliced-together versions, Columbia Records had Streisand and Diamond record a brand-new “official” studio version, which was released on October 17, 1978.

The song reached number one on the Hot 100 chart for two non-consecutive weeks in December 1978, producing the third number-one hit for both singers. The single sold over one million copies, and eventually went Platinum.

In 1979, Guthrie sued CBS for $5 million, claiming that he was improperly compensated for his role in making the song a hit. The suit was unsuccessful, but acknowledgment and gratitude for Guthrie came from CBS with a Gold record plaque, flowers from Diamond and a telegram from Streisand.

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
Neil Diamond/Barbra Streisand

You don’t bring me flowers
You don’t sing me love songs
You hardly talk to me anymore
When I come through the door at the end of the day

I remember when
You couldn’t wait to love me
Used to hate to leave me
Now after lovin’ me late at night

When it’s good for you, babe
And you’re feeling alright

Well, you just roll over
And you turn out the light
And you don’t bring me flowers anymore

It used to be so natural (Used to be)
To talk about forever
But used-to-be’s don’t count anymore
They just lay on the floor ’til we sweep them away

And baby, I remember
All the things you taught me

I learned how to laugh
And I learned how to cry

Well I learned how to love
And I learned how to lie

So you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

Well, you’d think I could learn
How to tell you goodbye

You don’t sing to me

And you don’t sing me love songs

You don’t bring me flowers anymore

Songwriters: Alan Bergman / Marilyn Bergman / Neil Diamond
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group

32 thoughts on “♫ You Don’t Bring Me Flowers ♫

    • Me too! I’m glad you liked it! Are you not writing these days, or am I just not getting the notifications? WordPress is odd like that … sometimes things just don’t show up, but I haven’t see one from your blog for a while.


    • I love it too, and it’s pretty typical, I think, of a lot of marriages at some point. Sometimes people find a way to renew the spark, sometimes not. I’m always amazed when some friend posts on Facebook they are about to celebrate their 50th anniversary. That takes two very patient, flexible people!


  1. I could listen to Ms Streisand all day long. I loved her version of this song and while I can listen to this version let me just say I’m grateful to Neil Diamond for his words and production, after than I don’t need him.

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      • More burned out than sad, I think. That wasn’t meant to be a pun, but my doctor tells me the smoke from the forest fire that is still haunting High Level is ruining summer for everyone. And there is no way to stop it. It doesn’t come everyday, and is unpredictable when it will come, still it is with us three or four days a week. There is no relief.
        Thank you for your kind words.

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          • LuM. The only way to avoid the smoke and flying ash is to go or move away, and we cannot afford that at this moment. This is something I never heard about or realized, listening to all the stories about forest fires or California wildfires over the years. Since it is happening to us, surely it has happened other places. Breathing is difficult, and people don’t go outside unless they have to. This is no way to live…

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            • No, it certainly is no way to live. A few weeks ago, it was reported that the smoke from your fires had even reached as far east as Michigan … I do hope you guys get some substantial rain soon! But, if you get too much, then you’ll likely have flooding! Sigh … all or nothing at all. Is it as hot out there as it is here? 100° this weekend, and it’s been in the mid-to-upper 90s for two weeks now.


              • Our temps are up and down like a yoyo, but when they are up we are often the high spot in the province. We haven’t hit the 90s since May, but Alberta is in a cold spell for this time of year.
                I heard about your heat wave. How high is your humidity? How far are you from a Great Lake? I bet you are sweltering!
                We actually had a five-minute rain storm yesterday where it poured. The ground was so dry it just soaked the water up like a sponge. But the air was clean for awhile. This morning it was smoky again…

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                • The humidity is in the 80% – 90% range, because we periodically get thunderstorms in the afternoon. Not close to the Great Lakes, but almost in spitting distance of the Ohio River … the most polluted river in the nation, adding to the reason for the poor air quality. I’m pretty much house-bound this weekend … I don’t mind being hot, but with my asthma, as soon as I step out the door, I’m reaching for the inhaler.

                  A five-minute storm … you need about 5 days of rain to put the fires completely out! How’s the water table … are you in danger of running out of water?

                  I keep thinking … if it’s this bad this year … what will next year, and the next be like? It can only get worse, I think.


                  • The 5 minute store was an improvement on the 1 minute rains we have been having since mid-June, which was an improvement on the ZERO-minute storms we had before than.
                    The water table, what’s that! Nobody has ever mentioned a water table up here. We live in muskeg country. There is surface water everywhere. But a farmer friend of ours recently dug down about 10 feet, and still never hit water. Mind you, he lives away from the muskeg, so I don’t know how deep he usually goes, but he sounded concerned.
                    According to some “scientist” I read on WP, the changes we are going through are a 150 cycle around ocean temperatures, not man made at all. I wished him all the best in his future.

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                    • Ahhh … I didn’t realize about the surface water. I was chatting with a friend who lives in India and she was telling me that in some areas they are having to truck water in. As for that scientist you mention … yeah, right … I wonder what fossil fuel company is paying him! Sigh. I’ve become a suspicious mind these days.


                    • Actually I think he is retired, but that doesn’t stop him from being paid—off!
                      So far our water supply is okay, but the lake it comes from is the same one being used for much of the water being flown to drop on the fire. It is the only contained water in the area long enough to pick up water from by plane or helicopter. I am glad it replenishes itself quickly, so far.

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                    • It does seem that if it doesn’t rain soon to replenish the lake, eventually it will run dry. I still fail to understand why the fires have not been put out yet if they’ve been dumping water on them from above all this time. Seems like sooner or later, if nothing else, the fires would run out of fuel. Sigh. Hang in, my friend. It has to get better soon, yes?


                    • This is pne huge boreal forest we are talking here. The part that is burned is but a bit of it. I don’t know what the forest or burned parts could be compared to, but I think a number of New England states would disappear into the forest presently under attack.

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                    • Ahhh … I didn’t realize the size of it. I wonder if anything will be left of it once the fires have all burned out? Sigh. So much beauty and wildlife … gone. 😥


                    • Yes. We drove through some of it yesterday, it now has a stark beauty in places. But with the over 30 degree Celsius heat the smoke was thick in a lot of places, and open flames were still visible occasionally. This fire is far from ovèr..

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