By Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
An Academy Award-winner from the closing years of classic pop era, it was written for and introduced by the lovely Doris Day in her starring role in Calamity Jane. Ms. Day also recorded a commercial version of the song the year after the movie came out. It remains one of the most beautiful tunes to ever snare an Oscar, from an age when winning the award for a song actually meant something.
Once I had a secret love
That lived within the heart of me.
All too soon my secret love
Became impatient to be free.
So I told a friendly star
The way that dreamers often do.
Just how wonderful you are
And why I'm so in love with you.
Now I shout it from the highest hills.
Even told the golden daffodils.
At last my heart's an open door,
And my secret love's no secret anymore.
Visceral Visionaries: The Cloisters, Vol. 2
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