♫ The Way We Were/Try To Remember ♫

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
Gladys Knight

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?
Could 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

20 thoughts on “♫ The Way We Were/Try To Remember ♫

  1. Pingback: ♫ The Way We Were/Try To Remember ♫ | Filosofa’s Word | Ramblings of an Occupy Liberal

  2. Jill, Jerry Orbach’s history continues to surprise me. When he revealed he could sing in the “Beauty and the Beast” it was interesting. But, now I learn his singing career goes much further back. This Gladys Knight medley is excellent. Keith

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    • Now you’ve educated me, for I don’t think I ever knew that Orbach sang in “Beauty and the Beast”! We learn from each other and that is half the fun of doing these music posts!

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      • Jill, I was surprised. I think he played the singing candlestick in the cartoon version of the late 1980s. I remember him and Angela Lansbury doing a live performance sans costumes at the Oscars that year. Lansbury had Broadway talent as well. Keith

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  3. An excellent choice, except that “our” good old days were not so good at all, and while times are worse today, we have to work harder to make life even livable for everyone, not just the privileged few.

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