A Time For Love

Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricist Paul Francis Webster
Year Written 1966
About A Time For Love
“A Time For Love” was written for the 1966 movie An American Dream. The song has proven to be a jazz standard and has had many fine recordings, including those by Shirley Horn, Bill Evans, Bill Watrous and Stan Getz.


A time for summer skies
For hummingbirds and butterflies
For tender words that harmonize with love

A time for climbing hills
For leaning out of windowsills
Admiring daffodils above admiring the daffodils above

A time for holding hands together
A time for rainbow colored weather
A time of make believe that we’ve been dreaming of

As time goes drifting by
The willow bends and so do I
But all my friends whatever skies above
I’ve known a time for spring
A time for fall
But best of all
A time for love

Session / Album Information


“A Time For Love” was recorded on June 11, 1966 and released that year on the album A Time For Love.

This recording released on:

  • 1966: Columbia 45: 4-43768
  • 1966: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 62800 — A Time For Love [UK]
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2560 — A Time For Love
  • 1966: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9360 — A Time For Love
  • 1969: CBS LP 12″: 63612 — Greatest Hits, Volume II (UK)
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9814 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits, Vol. IV
  • 1972: CBS LP 12″: CBS 68200 — All-Time Greatest Hits [UK]
  • 1972: Columbia LP 12″: KG 31494 — All-Time Greatest Hits
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5243 — A Time For Love [Japan]
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1997:  Columbia CD: CK 65316 — All-Time Greatest Hits   (
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87233 2 — The Movie Song Album
  • 2011: Disc #33 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK32) A Time For Love

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