The Windmills of Your Mind
"The Windmills of Your Mind" is a song with music by French composer Michel Legrand and English lyrics written by Americans Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. The French lyrics, under the title "Les moulins de mon cœur", were written by Eddy Marnay. The song (with the English lyrics) was used as the theme for the 1968 film, The Thomas Crown Affair. The opening two melodic sentences were borrowed from Mozart's second movement from his Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364.
In the original 1968 film, the song was performed by Noel Harrison who took the song to #8 in the UK Singles Chart. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1968. A version by Sting was used in the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair.
The song has been covered by some orchestras and a large number of singers, in English and in other languages. Dusty Springfield's version of the song from her album Dusty in Memphis is well known; this version reached #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in 1969. This recording also appeared on the soundtrack to Breakfast on Pluto (2006). Petula Clark's recording of the song is heard in the movie Killing Them Softly.
"The Windmills of Your Mind" has been recorded in German by Udo Lindenberg on his 1997 album Belcanto as "Unterm Säufermond", and in Dutch by Herman van Veen as "Cirkels" on his album "Alles" in 1971.
Instrumental versions of "The Windmills of Your Mind" were recorded by Henry Mancini and James Last. An arrangement for 16 Harps was recorded under the direction of Geoffrey Simon for a CD entitled "The London Harp Sound."