Aubrey

Album: Guitar Man (1972)
Charted: 15
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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: 23

  • Me from UsaI don't understand this song. I never knew her? I loved her NAME?
  • David Bauman Md from Little Rock, ArI agree. Beautiful but haunting melody and instrumentation. Who did do the orchestration? My favorite and I like a bunch of David Gates compositions. Wish I could write like that.
  • Lise’ from Henderson, NevadaWe named our daughter Aubrey after this song, in 1988. She had Down’s syndrome and the song felt like it was written for her… she had a severe heart defect (the hearts that didn’t play in tune). I wrote to David Gates when our Aubrey passed, at 6 weeks old. I never heard back but I still get teary when I think of the words. “I would go 1000 times around the world just to find the words that would make her stay”. Thank you David for creating such a beautiful tribute to Aubrey (even if it wasn’t for the same reason) it is so meaningful to so many of us!
  • Sherry from Claremore, Just Outside Tulsa, Oklahoma When I was 36 to 37 I was expecting my 1st child. A girl! Her due date was to be June 16th. (Birth date of my mom's sister. How cool was that?).
    I believe that there is a time and season for all things according to the Bible. Things don't just happen by chance!
    As a child, my favorite cartoon was "Little Audrey". One day, as I arrived home from work, my husband quickly told me, "I know her name." It is to be Audrey. She will be our "LIL" AUDREY. Smart, talented and beautiful. Just like her Mom. How thoughtful and sweet that he was thinking of me! Also, she has a half-sister, Amanda, who made the decision that she and her Dad's lives were not meshing. She thought it would be better not to see her Father in the future. What an
    awful devastation and letdown to us both. She was making the decision at 9 years old. (Now see the song lyrics of AMANDA sung by his favorite group, Boston.)
    So as we patiently awaited Audrey's arrival she had just started kicking then things took an unforeseen turn. She came way to early, on February 2nd of 1996, the day after my favorite uncle's birthday, (Happened to be my Dad's brother, my uncle Smokey. He always wanted a girl, but had 3 boys. I was pretty special to him.) It was a very cold and snowy day that she was born on. Just 23 to 24 weeks.
    Now my birthstone is diamond, hers is Amethyst. (2 very hard stones that are to be used in the new Heaven. Found according to scripture in the book of Revelations). As God has assured us, all things work together for good to those who love the Lord!
    Our Little Audrey, so small, we could hold her tiny body in both hands. She was a doll! Her life on this earth with Mom, Dad and proud Papa was a mere 15 minutes. Then she joined her creator and Lord for eternity. A flower to bloom in the bouquet of the eternal.
    Now, please understand, I was not aware of the plan God had arranged and would come together to help me accept what had transpired. It wasn't his will that she came so early. But my Dad, with the comprehension as a minister, a man who's grandmother passed giving birth to her youngest son, a man whose 2 siblings lives were cut very short, the man God used to bring my existence forth, told my husband to let me wail in my loss and grief.
    Years later I heard a song written and sung by David Gates, a talented man from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I thought I heard him say the name Audrey. I listened very intently at the words he had penned years before as if they were written just for me. Maybe he had suffered the loss of a child they named Aubrey? It sounded so close to Audrey. Every word perfectly fit this precious part of my life as they begin:

    "And Aubrey(Audrey) was her name. A not so very ordinary girl or name. But whose to blame for a love that wouldn't bloom? For the hearts that never played in tune. Like a lovely melody that everyone can sing. Take away the words that rhyme, it doesn't mean a thing.

    And Aubrey(Audrey)was her name we tripped the light and danced together to the moon, but where was June? No, it never came around, if it did it never made a sound.
    Maybe I was absent or was listening too fast. catching all the words, the meaning going past. But God I miss the girl and I'd go a thousand times around the world just to be closer to her than to me.

    And Aubrey (Audrey) was her name I never knew her but I loved her just the same, I loved her name. Wished that I had found the way and the reasons that would make her stay. I have learn to lead a life apart from all the rest. If I can't have the one I want, I'll do without the best.
    And how I miss the girl and I'd go a million times around the world just to say she had been mine for a day!

    God bless David Gates for writing these words that say everything from my heart
    God and he made this girl a very happy mom.
  • Timothy Lavin from Saint Charles, IlMan its all about unrequited love...yeah David wrote this after seeing BAT, but there is so much more....The mention of a love that didn't bloom..."But where was June" (A time flowers (Love) blooms) "No it never came around, if it did it never made a sound" Talks about the seasons (stages) of love...the growth and the dying. "Wish that I had found a way and the reasons that would make her stay".....some of the best stuff ever written, anyone who has lost deeply can relate.
  • Catcher from AmericaThe line about “I never knew her but loved her just the same” makes me think it is about a stillborn girl named Aubrey.
  • Stew from BrisbaneIt’s coincidental that Anne Aubrey was an attractive English actress of the 60’s (google image her). Just saying, the lyric always baffled me why it started with “And”. Songwriters can disguise their true meaning. Just saying…
  • Janis from United StatesI had a stillborn daughter. She was buried and I named her Aubrey. She would be 37 today.
    The Lyrics go so well.
    "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".
  • Aub from PaMy name's Aubrey, and I listened to the song because some of the older people I know told me about it. Honestly, it wasn't really my vibe. Very slow and kind of depressing. It's obviously a heartbreak song. A story about a guy who loved a girl but she didn't love him back.
    Can't relate though, I consider myself to be aromantic/asexual.
    wait...
  • Sandy from PennsylvaniaI think the line about June never came means that love never came full circle. Back in the day, every woman wanted a June wedding, June was when love bloomed and for this man, he never got his "June bride." He loved her yet he really didn't know her, his emotions let him get ahead of himself, hence the following lines, "maybe I was listening too fast." This is truly a song about unrequited love. It really is a beautiful sad love song.
  • 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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