This song is actually a compilation of two songs, The Way We Were, originally sung by Barbra Streisand, and Try To Remember, originally sung by just about everybody, including Gladys Knight. This is a redux, last played here a couple of years ago, but it is a beautiful piece of music and well worth hearing again. Besides which, last time I played it, I gave you no accompanying trivia, for it was one of those nights when I was too exhausted to do anything more than post the song & lyrics. I shall try to do better tonight!
This song was penned by the Texan writing team of Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones) and Harvey Schmidt for the 1960 musical comedy The Fantasticks, where it was originally sung by Jerry Orbach. The show was an off-Broadway production with a minuscule cast. It ran for 42 years, clocking up 17,162 performances, and became the world’s longest-running musical.
The only time Try to Remember reached the US Top 40 was in 1975 when Gladys Knight and The Pips recorded a medley of this song and Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were. It also peaked at #4 in the UK.
Okay, so I didn’t give you much trivia, but that was all I could find! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the music …
The Way We Were – Try To Remember
Memories light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories of the way we were
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we?
Memories may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter we will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were
The way we were
Songwriters: Alan Bergman / Marilyn Bergman / Marvin Hamlisch
The Way We Were – Try To Remember lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC