When October Goes Lyrics - Barry Manilow

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And when October goes
The snow begins to fly
Above the smokey roofs
I watch the planes go by
The children running home
Beneath a twilight sky
Oh, for the fun of them
When I was one of them

And when October goes
The same old dream appears
And you are in my arms
To share the happy years
I turn my head away
To hide the helpless tears
Oh how I hate to see October go

And when October goes
The same old dream appears
And you are in my arms
To share the happy years
I turn my head away
To hide the helpless tears
Oh how I hate to see October go
I should be over it now I know
It doesn't matter much
How old I grow
I hate to see October go

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Almost Heart Stopping | Reviewer: Phil | 7/3/14

I have been a lover & collector of ballads for over 60 years & once in a while you will hear a song for the first time, & it almost puts you on your knees, it is so beautiful. This is one those songs. The Mercer lyrics are so haunting & the Manilow melody is just simply perfect. Thanks to both of these gentlemen.

Such Magnificent Piece! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/11

A very beautiful yet sad song. No matter how many times I hear this song, it still gives me the goosebumps to this day. I heard a Korean balladeer sing this song and his version is the same as Barry Manilow's.

It's the song that makes the singer deliver it at it's best each time.

Thank you Mr. Mercer (RIP)...you were really one of a kind!

Can't stop the tears | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/21/09

Isn't it amazing how a song can capture the sadness that exists in one's life. As October turns into November, I am always reminded of my late wife's birthday and our anniversary, both in November and then it is Christmas time. A time we treasured during our 40 years together. Johnny Mercer and Barry Manilow, thank you for this beautiful expression of my feelings.

needs no lyrics | Reviewer: bunni | 11/4/09

I believe even if this song was in an unfamiliar language, it still would have made me cry the way it does when Barry sings it because the melody is so haunting. That... it what makes it the song what it is. yes the lyrics are sad and create a real melancholy feel, but its the melody that barry created that makes him a genius.

When October Goes. | Reviewer: barry leeper | 3/21/09

This is a beautiful song, the line "I turn
my head away to hide the helpless tears" reminds me of the day a woman I loved was getting married
it took all I had not to cry in front of her and I really did have to turn my head away to hide the helpless tears.
Later on I heard this song and it floored me to
think I did just that in front of a woman a year
before hearing this song.

Heartbreakingly poignant | Reviewer: david christopherson | 12/5/07

According to an article I read recently, Johnny Mercer who wrote the lyric to this hauntingly beautiful song instructed his wife to
forward these lyrics to Barry prior to his death from brain cancer. During the last year of Mercer's life he had grown fond of Manilow who had scored a big hit single with "Mandy" which was Mercer's daughters name.

When October Goes- Lyricist | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/07

Agreed that this should be a part of the American Songbook. These lyrics were actually written by Johnny Mercer, and were not found until years after his death. His family chose to give the the lyrics to Barry Manilow for musical interpretation. Kudos to both Mercer and Manilow.

Beautiful... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/07

This song is Barry's best. It truly is......so sad and so lovely. You owe it to yourself to get to know this beautiful song.

When October Goes | Reviewer: Peter | 8/27/07

They only rendition I'd ever heard of this was by Nancy LaMott, and it's gorgeous and sad. I had no idea that Barry Manilow had written it until I bought the "Ultimate Manilow" cd recently (I had no Manilow recordings at all, but being a child of the '70's knew his tunes well). This song came on, next to last on the cd, and blew me away. As well known as Manilow is, learning he had written this, and hearing his truly excellent rendition, has seriously broadened my view of him. This is not a "pop" song - in my mind it is part of the American Songbook, up there with the best of Cole Porter, Gershwin, Cy Coleman - you get the idea. If you've never heard this song, you owe it to yourself; the best example of what Manilow has written, I think.

When October Goes...picturesque images.... | Reviewer: Guy DeNillo | 10/27/04

The lyrics say it all. I have personally performed this song in public, and continually get terrific responses, (Along with other Manilow hits).
The melody is haunting, and the pianos could not be improved upon. being a piano player myself for my entire career...and still making money doing it,(amazing), and following barry manilow for many years, this song is one of his best, among the many he has arranged and/or composed, or written. Keep up the great work amd music Barry. From one musician to another, you are the best.

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