Thursday Inspiration — Whatever Will Be Will Be

I was honored when I read Jim Adam’s Thursday Inspiration prompt today to find that he gave me a shoutout for one of my favorite expressions, “Whatever floats your boat.”

The idea for Jim’s prompt is for us to respond by using the prompt word “whatever,” by going with the above picture, by leveraging the song “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” by using with another song by Cher, or by anything else that we think fits.

I decided to go with the word “whatever,” to use the above picture, and to leverage a song that predates Cher by at least a decade and that I recall from the first Alfred Hitchcock film I remember seeing, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” starring Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart. And I’m specifically focusing on the song that Doris Day sang in the movie, “Que Sera, Sera,” which translates to “whatever will be, will be.”

The song written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans that was first published in 1955 and was introduced in Hitchcock’s 1956 thriller. It won the 1956 Best Song Oscar under the alternate title “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).”. The song reached number two on the US pop charts and number one in the UK. The most recognized refrain in the song goes…

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

Here’s the scene from the movie where Doris Day sings the song. Enjoy.

14 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration — Whatever Will Be Will Be

  1. newepicauthor January 6, 2022 / 4:17 pm

    Nice choice Fandango and this song really floated my boat, whatever that means.

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  2. Marleen January 6, 2022 / 4:40 pm

    I suppose the movie will be worth seeing. Why would somone say whatever will be will be in the environment of a thriller?

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong January 6, 2022 / 4:42 pm

    The origins of this saying are sufficiently obscure that no one really knows. It seems to have “popped up” in music about 20 years ago, but may have been around before then, depending on which set of comments you read. What’s rare about this is that no two “official” sources agree on where it came from.

    Somewhere, once upon a time, someone said it and it has been floating around ever since.

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    • Marleen January 6, 2022 / 4:46 pm

      My dad sang it to me, once. I don’t know if he saw the movie or not.

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    • Fandango January 6, 2022 / 10:59 pm

      Well, it is what it is! 😉


  4. leigha66 January 6, 2022 / 5:46 pm

    I have heard the song before but I guess I never knew it was from a Hitchcock thriller. Well I have learned something new today.

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    • Fandango January 6, 2022 / 11:08 pm

      I’m happy to have been the vehicle for your newly gained knowledge.

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  5. Carol anne January 6, 2022 / 6:15 pm

    brings back happy memories of my mom singing this song to me!

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