Once in a Garden

Composer Manuel de Sica
Lyricist Gene Lees
Year Written 1970
About Once in a Garden
“Once in a Garden” was written for the 1970 film In The Garden of the Finzi-Contini, directed by Vittorio de Sica. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Where is the path
That leads back to the past
Back to the garden
Lost in the mist
Where we first kissed
As apple blossoms fell
Like silent snow
To settle on your hair
Sometimes I walk that lonely country lane
By statues wet with rain
And search for it in vain
And yet I always know
As the years come and go
Once in a garden
Summer was new
And I was there with you

Session / Album Information


“Once in a Garden” was recorded on September 15, 1972 and released in 1973 on the album “Listen Easy.” It was arranged by Don Costa.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: V6 5094 — Listen Easy
  • 1973: Philips LP 12″: 6308 157 — Listen Easy [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #46 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK45) Listen Easy

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