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.
Dusty Springfield's version of the song from her album Dusty in Memphis is also 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).
"The Windmills of Your Mind" has also been recorded by All Angels, Tina Arena, Lill-Babs (as "Vinden I Min Själ" Swedish), Pedro Biker (da), John Davidson, Neil Diamond, Val Doonican, Esthero, Connie Evingson, Jose Feliciano, Earl Grant, Terry Hall, Kiri Te Kanawa, The Anita Kerr Singers, Michel Legrand, Barbara Lewis, Gloria Loring, Arthur Lyman, Sally Ann Marsh, Maureen McGovern, Meck, Farhad Mehrad, Eva Mendes, Alison Moyet, Elaine Paige, Parenthetical Girls, Dianne Reeves, Rita Reys, Jimmie Rodgers, the Sandpipers, Sharleen Spiteri, Barbra Streisand, Swing Out Sister, Take 6, Grady Tate, Billy Paul, Vanilla Fudge, Vassilikos, Helena Vondráčková, and Edward Woodward. Helena Vondráčková has also recorded a Czech language rendering of the song entitled "Můžeš Zůstat, Můžeš Jít".
A French language rendering: Les Moulins de mon cœur'' (lyrics by Eddy Marnay), has been recorded by Frida Boccara, Grégory Lemarchal, Natalie Dessay, Didier Barbelivien, Amaury Vassili, Dany Brillant, Claude François, Noëlle Cordier, Michel Legrand, Caterina Valente, Jessye Norman and Julia Migenes.
"The Windmills of Your Mind" has also been recorded in Germany by Udo Lindenberg "Unterm Säufermond"
It was performed on the first episode of the second season of The Muppet Show, produced May 23–25, 1977.