Where Are The Flowers

Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand sang this beautiful duet ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ which Paula featured yesterday in her Thursday Inspiration.  This song was written by Neil Diamond, Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman for the ill-fated daily TV sitcom All That Glitters, which consisted of 65 episodes and aired between April 18 and July 15, 1977.  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, adding instrumental sections and an additional verse.  The Bergman’s contributed to the song’s lyrics, which tell the story of two lovers who have drifted apart while they are going through the motions of being in a relationship combining their heartaches in this life that they share together.  Marilyn and Alan received 16 Academy Award nominations, multiple Emmys, Grammys, and three Oscars for ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’, ‘The Way We Were’, and the score for Yentl.

A Louisville, KY program director, Gary Guthrie, spliced two solo tracks together one with Neil Diamond singing this song and the other with Barbara Streisand as a going away present to his wife, whom he had just divorced and this triggered a media buzz worldwide.  Streisand’s album was placed on one turntable and Diamond’s on another, and the recording was mixed live.  They began with Streisand singing and Diamond’s vocal followed.  Streisand and Diamond repeated the same lyrics back and forth to each other, there weren’t any edits and the recording was mixed in one take.  The official version with Streisand and Diamond participating was released after the radio station kept getting calls requesting it.  The song reached number one on the Hot 100 chart for two non-consecutive weeks in December 1978, and the single sold over one million copies, and eventually went Platinum.

You hardly talk to me anymore
When I come through the door
At the end of the day

Well it’s good for you babe
And you’re feeling alright
(…well you just roll over)
(And 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
(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
(So you’d think I could learn)
How to tell you, “Goodbye”
(How to tell you, “Goodbye”)

Well you’d think I could learn
(Well you’d think I could learn)
How to tell you, “Goodbye”
(How to tell you, “Goodbye”)
(You don’t say you need me)
And you don’t sing me love songs
You don’t bring me flowers anymore
(You don’t bring me flowers anymore)

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music Challenge #174 ‘Up Where We Belong’.

7 thoughts on “Where Are The Flowers

  1. I would like to see that show…
    I remember the song. I like Diamond but I never liked Streisand too much but the song does sound good I have to admit.

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