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Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Written by Jay LivingstonRay Evans

Album This song officially appears on the Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1970
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Goldmine: Tell us about “Que Sera Sera,” the last single Paul produced for you.

Mary Hopkin: At the time, it was just one of Paul’s fun ideas. It was one sunny afternoon, we were sitting in Paul’s garden, and he said, “Do you like this song?” I said, “Well, I used to sing it when I was three!” And he said, “My dad likes it, let’s go and do it.” And so Ringo came along; it was all done in an afternoon. I was sort of swept along with Paul’s enthusiasm, really.

By the time I was halfway through the backing vocals, I said, “This is awful.” I really thought it was dreadful and I didn’t want it released.

Interview with Mary Hopkin, Goldmine Magazine, 1992

As far as I remember, it’s just Paul and Ringo. I don’t think he added anything else. It was all finished in that one afternoon.

Interview with Mary Hopkin, Goldmine Magazine, 1992

Last updated on October 14, 2019

Lyrics

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Officially appears on


Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

7" Single • Released in 1970

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Producer

Session Recording:
Aug 17, 1969
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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