::Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)


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"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)",<ref name="FrontCover"/> first published in 1956, is a popular song written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team.<ref name="Roberts 2006 135">{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref> The song was introduced in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956),<ref name="Leigh 2001">{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref> starring Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.<ref name="Roberts 2006 135"/> It was also featured in the films Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Heathers, The Glass Bottom Boat, and Mary & Max.

Day's recording of the song for Columbia Records (catalog number 40704) made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100<ref>{{#invoke:Footnotes | harvard_core }}</ref> and number one in the UK Singles Chart.<ref name="Roberts 2006 135"/> From 1968 to 1973, it was the theme song for the situation comedy The Doris Day Show, becoming her signature song. The three verses of the song progress through the life of the narrator—from childhood, through young adulthood and falling in love, to parenthood—and each asks "What will I be?" or "What lies ahead?" The chorus repeats the answer: "What will be, will be." It reached the Billboard magazine charts in July 1956. The song received the 1956 Academy Award for Best Original Song with the alternative title "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)".<ref name="Leigh 2001"/> It was the third Oscar in this category for Livingston and Evans, who previously won in 1948 and 1950.<ref name="Roberts 2006 135"/> In 2004 it finished at #48 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

The title sequence of the Hitchcock film gives the song title as Whatever Will Be. It was a #1 hit in Australia for pop singer Normie Rowe in September 1965.

The song is sometimes confused with the song "Che sarà",<ref>For example at <>, <>, <>, <>, and <>.</ref> released by José Feliciano, first in Italian in 1971, then in Spanish as Qué Será, but the two songs have nothing in common except the similarity of their titles and the general theme of concern about the future. ("Che sarà" was written by two Italians, Jimmy Fontana (born Enrico Sbriccoli) and Franco Migliacci.)

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) sections
Intro   Language in title and lyrics    Other uses of the song and phrase    Normie Rowe    Other versions    References    External links   

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