This song about a couple in a drifting relationship was written by Marilyn and Alan Bergman ("The Windmills Of Your Mind
Marilyn Bergman told the story of this song at the ASCAP Extended Songwriters' Workshop: "Neil Diamond - this sounds like a real Hollywood story, but it's the truth - was at a dinner party with Norman Lear, the television producer, and he asked if Norman had any great television series coming up, because he'd like to write the theme song. And Norman said, "Yes, I've got a show that we're getting ready to do a pilot on called All That Glitters
, and I don't have main title for it. Neil offered to write it, and Norman asked that he write it with us. So we wrote this 45-second (because that's all the time we had for a theme) song called 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers.' The show was about the reversal of roles; a woman-dominated society was the premise of the show. Now, between the time that the song was written and the pilot was filmed, the premise of the show changed, and the song didn't fit anymore. So we scrapped it, and about six or eight months later we ran into Neil, and he said that he was doing the song on the road and that everybody liked it. We said, 'What song? It's 45 seconds long!' He said, 'Well, I do a little instrumental part, then I come back,' and we decided to finish the song, and he recorded it.
Alan Bergman added: "He was getting divorced, and he made it as a present for his wife. The station started getting calls asking where they could get the record, and of course there was no record, but Neil and Barbra went in and recorded it. Anyway, the show died a very quick death, and perhaps the song would have gone with it if it had been used."