You Must Believe in Spring

Les-Demoiselles-de-Rochefort

PROFILE
Composer Michel Legrand
Lyricist (French) Jacques Demy
Lyricist (English) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
Year Written 1967
About You Must Believe In Spring
This song was written for the 1967 French film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, which starred Catherine Deneuve. “You Must Believe In Spring” has been widely recorded by artists including Sylvia Syms, Barbra Streisand and Bill Evans, in a posthumous release of an album with the same name, featuring sessions with Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund.

Lyrics

When lonely feelings chill
The meadows of your mind
Just think if winter comes
Can spring be far behind?

Beneath the deepest snows
The secret of a rose
Is merely that it knows
You must believe in spring

Just as a tree is sure
Its leaves will reappear
It knows its emptiness
Is just a time of year

The frozen mountains dreams
Of April’s melting streams
How crystal clear it seems
You must believe in spring

You must believe in love
And trust it’s on its way
Just as a sleeping rose
Awaits the kiss of May

So in a world of snow
Of things that come and go
Where what you think you know
You can’t be certain of
You must believe in spring and love

You must believe in love
And trust it’s on its way
Just as a sleeping rose
Awaits the kiss of May

So in a world of snow
Of things that come and go
Where what you think you know
You can’t be certain of
You must believe in spring and love

Session / Album Information

1976-1

“You Must Believe In Spring” was recorded in September, 1976 and was released the following year on Together Again.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv LP 12″: 7117 — Together Again
  • Disky CD: BX 883552 — As Time Goes By
  • 1991: DRG CD: CDMRS901 — Together Again
  • 1996: Victor CD: VICJ-5177 — Together Again
  • 1999: Rhino CD: R2 75837 — Together Again
  • 2000: Horatio Nelson CD: HNRCD9001 — The Essential Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2002: Recall CD: RECA 353 — Have You Met Miss Jones? [UK]
  • 2003: Concord CD: CCD-2198 — Together Again
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #53 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK52) Together Again

1976-2

“You Must Believe In Spring” (alternate, take 4) was recorded in September, 1976 but was not released until the 1999 Rhino release of Together Again.

This recording released on:

  • 1999: Rhino CD: R2 75837 — Together Again
  • 2003: Concord CD: CCD-2198 — Together Again
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #53 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK52) Together Again

1976-3

“You Must Believe In Spring” (alternate, take 1) was recorded in September, 1976 but was not released until the 2003 Concord release of Together Again.

This recording released on:

  • 2003: Concord CD: CCD-2198 — Together Again
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2009: Concord CD: FAN-31281 — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings

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