Sentimental Journey

Composers Les Brown, Ben Homer
Lyricist Bud Green
Year Written 1944
About Sentimental Journey
“Sentimental Journey” was a hit record for Les Brown and His Band of Renown; it featured Doris Day as vocalist and this song was her first #1 hit song. The song was popular in the US as soldiers returned home at the end of World War II. The song is a well-known standard and has been recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and The Ames Brothers.


Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories

I got my bag, I got my reservation
Spent each dime I could afford
Like a child in wild anticipation
I long to hear that: “All aboard!”

Seven, that’s the time we leave – at seven
I’ll be waiting up for heaven
Counting every mile of railroad track – that moves me back

I never thought my heart could be so yearney
Why did I decide to roam
Gotta take a sentimental journey
Sentimental journey home

Session / Album Information


“Sentimental Journey” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Doris Day, who first recorded the song . It was arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli.

Sentimental Journey

Listen to Sentimental Journey on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1995.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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