The Days of Wine and Roses

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composition date
1963
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Johnny Mercer
Henry Mancini

Followed where the melody went

Johnny Mercer: "I completed it in nine minutes. I had it all in my mind and couldn’t get the words down fast enough. Gene Lees did an article about me in a magazine. He noticed that that song was written with only two sentences. Well, that’s true. But I didn’t do it on purpose. I mean, it wasn’t like a crossword puzzle or anything. I just followed where the melody went. As a matter of fact, I don’t feel too responsible about this song, although it’s one of my very favorites. Because Ernest Dowson wrote, 'They are not long, the days of wine and roses.' And that’s where the picture title comes from, and the television show, so I don’t take too much credit for that."

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