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Che sera sera!

Most of us must have heard the English song by the title CHE SERA SERA, sung and popularized by Doris Day in the Hollywood flick by name THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, by Alfred Hitchcock and made in 1956. But most of us know very little about the origin of the title or its original meaning- as it appeared in the text.

In English it could be averred authentically that it was in the play DR.FAUSTUS (putative authorship ascribed to Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare) that the very same letters were used. For the benefit of those who want to know the context, i’ve excerpted the part wherein it appears below:-

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and there
is no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and so
consequently die:
Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera,
What will be, shall be? Divinity, adieu!

Che sera, sera is an unhappy phrase as there is a mix up of Latin and Spanish, but the spelling has stuck to the context of the Hollywood song by that Title. Dr. Faustus utters the lines excerpted above, when he debunks DIVINITY as a subject.

The Hollywood song goes WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE GIRL.… It is shown as a song sung by the young mother while playing to party gathering and montaged with she dressing up her boy. The song is REALISTIC and goes on to show how one can’t be certain about the future and the anxieties about looking good, earning well, being happy are all beyond man’s ken and it should not be preponed but snuffed out with the thought WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE! For readers who are eager to know the lyrics, i’ve reproduced the same here:

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.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che 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.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che 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.

Che Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Che Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

The movie (The Man Who Knew Too Much) was made in 1956, there appears to have been an earlier version to the movie in the 1930’s, but the Doris Day song Che sera, sera appeared in the ’56 movie. The interesting thing is that a TAMIL movie by name AARAVALLI was made in 1957 and there is song sung by Jikki and A.M.Rajah which goes by the name CHINNA PENNANA PODHILE, which adopts the tune of the Doris Day, Che sera, sera and an interesting translation of the song except for the fatalistic statement WHAT WILL BE, SHALL BE!

I had the opportunity of listening to that song in Tamil once, but before i could replay the song, the mechanism of asking for my credit card and consequently the collection, popped up and, as I do not subscribe to downloading songs from internet, i abandoned the idea. I shall be much obliged if anyone could tell me where this CD wud be available, so that i could buy a copy.

One can hear the song in the following link-

One can compare the Tamil copy with the original English song from the various links available on internet.

Che sera, sera!

Comments on: "Che sera sera!" (2)

  1. Vikrant said:

    Sir, do you remember, we used to sing this song on our way to law school and back…I love this song primarily for two reasons, viz., it helped me develop a liking for “firangi” song (that’s what i called all english songs as i struggled to understand them during the period when you struggled to teach me the language..), and the fact that this was the only song we sang like a rock band!!..almost everyday


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