Aubrey

Album: Guitar Man (1972)
Charted: 15

Songfacts®:

  • David Gates wrote this song after watching the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn. The song itself had nothing to do with the movie, but moodiness of the film had set him up to write it.
  • Gates: "I hardly ever write any 'name' songs, but I loved that name and the way it flowed in that particular melody. That may be the best melody I've ever written." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Nick - Paramus, NJ, for above 2

Comments: 13

  • Joe from MarylandActress Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) was named after this song.
  • Susan from West Seneca, New York When I was 15 I had a baby I had to give up, I named her Melissa, when I heard the song Aubrey, it conveyed my feelings. She was born May 31st and I only had her for one day that song always made me cry. When I grew up an had my kids, they always knew that the song made me teary but didn't know why until they grew up. My oldest daughter actually named her daughter Aubrey , and Melissa and I were reunited when she 29
    Still love the song, but no more tears!
  • Melanie Jones from Indiana I knew a little girl that was named Aubrey because of this song..she was so cute!! Haven’t seen her in years hope she is doing really well.
  • Scott from CaliforniaMy wife and I named our daughter Aubrey, not after this song necessarily, but because we liked it. She is 18 now, and has always enjoyed the uniqueness of her name. I cant listen to this song without getting sad, its like the Aubrey in this song is forever lost, or just out of reach. I couldn't stand the thought of losing my Aubrey.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaKnew an Aubry years ago. Sadly she passed away.
  • Michael from CaliforniaThe version I heard is much different. Aubrey was an infant girl who died at birth. With this in mind, listen to all the lyrics and it all falls into place.
    "But God I miss the girl,
    And I'd go a million times around the world just to say
    She had been mine for a day.
  • Julian from IndonesiaAfter hearing this song, I always want to get home sooner to see my daughter.
  • Mike from Buffalo, NyI remember thinking after I first heard this song (I was 15 at the time), "If I ever have a daughter, this is what I'll name her." 13 years later, my wife tells me she's pregnant, and wants to start thinking about names. I said, "If it's a girl, I'd like you to consider 'Aubrey'". She thought it was a beautiful name, and agreed. She's now 28, and has long enjoyed the uniqueness of her name.
  • Aubrey from United StatesMy name is Aubrey, and I was sure I was the only girl in the whole world named Aubrey, when I was 12 in 1973. That song helped my insecurity soooo much. People still call me Audrey 40 years later, but there are now lots of girls named Aubrey, including two that I delivered myself. Their moms hadn't chosen names, and they liked mine, the nurse. :)
  • Lalisxz from Bulacan, PhilippinesI really like the song, it's kind of a mysterious type :) song for me because this is the song when my crush danced with me in our j.s prom,
    and I hope to know what he really feels for me too. This song is memorable.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 28th 1973, "Aubrey" by Bread entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 18th, 1973 it peaked at #15 (for 2 weeks)and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    The group's "Sweet Surrender" preceded it on the Top 100; and it also peaked at #15, plus it also spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    Both songs were from Bread's fifth studio album 'Guitar Man'...
    One other track from album also made the Top 100, "Guitar Man", it reached #11 and stayed on the chart for 10 weeks...
    Interestingly, the record that preceded "Guitar Man" was "Diary", and like "Sweet Surrender" and "Aubrey" it also peaked at #15 and also spent 11 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Frank from Hasbrouck Heights, NjThat sounds like me. I wish I knew someone like Aubrey when I was a child (Her actual name was Dawn). She would have been like a best friend to me, even if she was 10 years older. If my brother only kept in touch with her after high school. Everytime I hear the song, I get emotional like never before. Similar to my cousin Peggy, who is gone 9 years. Same emotional wreckage. Another best friend and cousin. I did have my buddies, but I would've learned more than I ever have, with these 2 girls in my life in the 70s. I hope I can catch up with lost time (still is time).
  • Torky1 from Dallas, TxI could be wrong, but I heard that an old woman who lived next door to Gates had died and that her family was selling her things in a yard sale. He was speaking with the family about her and was shown a photo of her as a young woman. Upon seeing the photo and learning her name (Aubrey, of course), he felt some regret at never taking the time to get to know his neighbor and wrote the song about her.
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