Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Album: Que Sera, Sera (1956)
Charted: 1 2
  • When I was just a little girl
    I asked my mother, what will I be
    Will I be pretty
    Will I be rich
    Here's what she said to me

    Que será, será
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future's not ours to see
    Que será, será
    What will be, will be

    When I grew up and fell in love
    I asked my sweetheart, what lies ahead
    Will we have rainbows
    Day after day
    Here's what my sweetheart said

    Que será, será
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future's not ours to see
    Que será, será
    What will be, will be

    Now I have children of my own
    They ask their mother, what will I be
    Will I be handsome
    Will I be rich
    I tell them tenderly

    Que será, será
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future's not ours to see
    Que será, será
    What will be, will be
    Que será, será Writer/s: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Wixen Music Publishing, JAY LIVINGSTON MUSIC, INC.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Jay Jay from Carina BrisbaneThat was so magnificent to hear such a bfull voice. Thank you.
  • Jose Joaquim Rodrigues from Brasil, Uberlandia ,minas Gerais.Forever Doris Days' fan, I was wondering the reason of the word Que será in this song, because it is also this way in portuguese, what was well explained in this article. Thank you.
  • Matt from Erie, PaBarry forgot to mention that Doris Day is also mentioned--along with many others!--in the 1974 record, "Life Is a Rock," by Reunion. Right before Jack the Ripper...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyDoris Day, born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, passed away at the age of 97 on May 13th, 2019 in Carmel Valley, California...
    She had five #1 records; "Sentimental Journey", with Les Brown, {for 9 weeks in 1945}, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time", with Les Brown, {for 7 weeks in 1945}, "Love Somebody", with Buddy Clark, {for 5 weeks in 1948}, "A Guy Is A Guy" {for 1 week in 1952}, and "Secret Love" {for 4 weeks in 1954}...
    And just missed having three more #1 records when her "It's Magic" {1948}, "Again" {1949}, and "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"* {1956} all peaked at position #2...
    Ms. Day was referred to in two #1 records on Billboard's Top 100 chart, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham! {1984} and "We Didn't Start The Fire " by Billy Joel {1989}...
    And her name was also mentioned in four uncharted records, "La De Da" by Ringo Starr {1999}, 'Dig It" by the Beatles {1970}, "Dirty Epic" by Underworld {1994}, and "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" from the musical 'Grease' {1978}...
    May she R.I.P.
    * "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} in August of 1956, and for the three weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those 3 weeks was "My Prayer" by the Platters...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the first week it was at #2, it was tied at that position with "Allegheny Moon" by Patti Page..
  • Adrian Chan from MalaysiaShe (Doris) indeed owe her longevity to this song. Leave the future alone, after all we do not know what will happen next...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 1st 1956, Doris Day signed a five-year one million dollar recording contract with Columbia Records...
    And six days later on June 7th, 1956 "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart at position #78*; ten weeks later on August 9th, 1956 it would peak at #2* {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 27 weeks, for fifteen of those weeks it was on the Top 10...
    Ms. Day, born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, celebrated her 93rd birthday two months ago on April 3rd {2015}...
    * According to Billboard the week it entered the Top 100 at #78 it was actually tied with Gale Storm's covered version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and for the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "My Prayer" by the Platters.
  • Gary from Tucson, AzShe also sang a bit of this song with Arthur Godrey in "The Glass Bottom Boat."
  • Dean from Hoover, AlOne of my favorite songs!
  • Robert from Maple, On@ Cyberpope, what you stated about the movie motto is correct, however the true Italian translation for : whatever will be, will be is Che sara, sara
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyDoris Day had a big hit in 1953 with "Secret Love"; it also won an Academy Award for Best Song!!!
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaLivingston and Evans can be seen performing at a party(at the piano) in the movie "Sunset Blvd"(1950)Paramount.
    They even get billing with the other actors on the Main Title!
  • Cloud from Taipei, Taiwanwhen i was teenage i have been listened it

    it's full lyrical i think i never forget it
    after many years
    I became to adult and went through much change in life I reminded og the song
    what will be

    sometime my daughters asked me
    What will I be
    oh my dear baby
    yes The future's not ours to see
    what will be
    you just remember you are my daughters

  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaFunny; the original, Italian, title lyric meant "What an evening!"; in Spanish it doesn't all translate. . .

    Nice song, though & you understand the story (mom telling child not to sweat the future; just let watever happens, happen)
  • Manda from Oc, CaSo, tell me why iTunes has a 'clean' and 'explicit' version of this song?
  • Chris from Ozona, United StatesI heard an 80 year old man playing this the other day on a broken down piano in a thrift shop. I think it was the most beautiful music I have heard in a long while. A hauntingly beautiful c-major waltz! I also snagged an amazing album by Doris Day called "Day by Day" on an earlier visit.
  • Ethan from HelsinkiThis song was also played by Pink Martini, whose version was in an episode of Dead Like Me.
  • Hannah from Madison, WiI don't think the ending of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" is idiotic at all. I think it is touching and an ingenious plot element. Just because you can't direct a film like Mr. Hitchcock doesn't mean you should criticize him. Go back to the hole in Virginia that you crawled out of.
  • Robert from Nyc, NyThis song was written by Bernard Herrmann who scored the movie. Ray and Jay did the lyrics. I know Benny Herrmann was my uncle.
  • James from Brisbane, AustraliaLong before Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, in 1588 Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) in his play 'Doctor Faustus' wrote "Che sera, sera, What will be, shall be". Perhaps Messrs Evans and Livingston just happened to be thumbing through the old English classics and thought this was the cue for a song.
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaSung in the Simpson's episode when a comet threatens to destroy Springfield.
  • Dennis from Chicagoland Burrows, IlThis song's in the "Heathers" at the beginning, with the croquet!
  • Kevin from Cincinnati, OhSly and the Family Stone did a copy of this song on an album called Fresh in the 70s.I like Sly but the cover of this song i don't care for.
  • Wes from Springfield, VaThe end of the Hitchcock movie is pretty idiotic, wherein Doris bellows this tune at the top of her lungs to alert her son of her presence.
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