"Autumn Leaves" as written by Joseph Kosma, Jacques Andre Marie Prevert and Johnny Mercer....
The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall


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"Autumn Leaves" as written by Francesco Magnelli Giorgio Canali

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    General CommentIt's Autumn, a whole continent away from him. The days grow long and my whole being aches. The simplicity of the song says so much. Beautiful but painful memories...
    kindofblueon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is about a death of someone loved, or perhaps a lost love. its one of the simplest songs, just guitar and vocal but it hits you hard. sends me sobbing as soon as "But I miss you most of all" kicks in. brilliant.
    xUnbreakablexon April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts about an amzing summer, a summer two lovers shared but never thought they would. And how the other has selfishly left them. It's mourning for the times they shared, but knowing they will never come back. Its moving on, but one thing can bring so many memories. Like the leaves that seem to fall so soon each year.
    Izeon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think of my first love who i met in the fall, my favorite season. Everytime fall comes i miss him more and will always remind me of being in love.
    melonade13on October 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationBrings a tear everytime I hear it. One of the best interpretations around. It is Eva singing to Eva.
    LYNNA9on November 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFor me, it tells of loss through death and the pain it brings with every autumn anniversary, the painful memories,dying leaves and the onset of winter all portraying someone in deep grief..
    maou1on July 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentEva blows away the competition on this one. Starts on a subtle note, but after the break and the da capo she delivers the final two lines with an incredible energy without ever breaking into a "soul diva coloration mode" that is simply stunning.

    The last word breaks like a leaf in autumn from the branch of a tree.
    AndySimonon September 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI like the use of seasons as a metaphor representing the relationship between the protagonist and mystery person. The couple experienced a hot and passionate summer ("sunburned hands") and inevitably autumn comes around, extinguishing the longing this couple mustve felt for each other. As she looks out her window the "red and gold leaves", colors evoking feelings of passion?, are in transit to their death. The protagnist glimpses their last futile but graceful fluttering in the air before they land to the ground. Winter will come to cover these and other memories and will symbolize the end of the relationship.

    I like the the focus on the leaves. Falling autumn leaves are wispy and ephemeral. They drift by her window. I like to imagine this song being about a memory of a person that had a profound effect on the protagonists life; the protagonist has gone on with her life but will always hold a place for that person in her heart and this is just one such inistance in time which gives her pause, where she becomes aware of this longing.

    I dont see this as being at all lugubrious but a realization at the ephemerality of changing people and changing times.
    Richie808on June 27, 2017   Link

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