Where Do You Start

Alan and Marilyn Bergman

Composer Johnny Mandel
Lyricists Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
Year Written 1987
About Where Do You Start
“Where Do You Start” is one the great songs from the Bergmans with a beautiful melody by Johnny Mandel. This song has had many beautiful recordings: Nancy Lamott, Shirley Horn, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Annie Ross and Tony Bennett.


Where do you start?
How do you separate the present from the past?
How do you deal with all the things you thought
Would last that didn’t last?

With bits of memories scattered here and there
I look around and don’t know where to start

Which books are yours?
Which tapes and dreams belong to you and which are mine?

Our lives are tangled like the branches
Of a vine that intertwine

So many habits that we’ll have to break
And yesterdays we’ll have to take apart

One day there’ll be a song or something in the air again
To catch me by surprise and you’ll be there again
A moment in what might have been

Where do you start?
Do you allow yourself a little time to cry?
Or do you close your eyes and kiss it all goodbye?
I guess you try

And though I don’t know where
And don’t know when
I’ll find myself in love again

I promise there will always be
A little place no on will see
A tiny part within my heart
That stays in love with you

Session / Album Information


“Where Do You Start” was recorded in 2004 and released that same year on The Art of Romance. This song was arranged by Johnny Mandel.

Where Do You Start

Listen to Where Do You Start on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2004.

This recording released on:

  • 2004: RPM/Columbia CD: CK 92820 — The Art of Romance
  • 2004: Sony Music CD 5187092000 — The Art of Romance (import)
  • 2011: Disc #69 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK67) The Art of Romance
  • 2013: Columbia/Legacy – Sixty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett

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