Sentimental Journey – Les Brown (Doris Day)

August 9, 2021

Today’s song of the day is by your lovely band Les Brown and His Band of Renown, “Sentimental Journey,” by Doris Day.

Fun Facts

  • “Sentimental Journey” by American singer Doris Day was released on 12th July 1965 by Columbia records.
  • It is a studio album that was released as a stereophonic and monophonic LP album.
  • The song’s release coincided with the end of WW2 in Europe, and many veterans used it as their unofficial homecoming theme
  • “Sentimental Journey” reached the Billboard charts first in March 1945, where it lasted for almost six months, peaking at the first position.
  • This tune was later regarded as the standard by many jazz artists.
  • Many jazz artists recorded this song, including Woody Herman with Buck Clayton, Frank Sinatra, Ben Sidran, Rosemary Clooney and Harry James, who included a version of this song in his 1965’s album titled New Version Of Down Beat Favorites.
  • Allen Stanton produced the album.
  • This album has other tracks mainly written in the 1940s by pop standards.
  • George T. Simon wrote this album’s liner notes. George is the writer of “The Feeling of Jazz.”
  • All the tracks in the album range from slow to medium tempo.
  • The song has been featured in TV shows such as The Man in the High Castle, The Muppet Show and MASH and in a radio program titled Sentimental Journey.
  • Doris Day received many awards during her singing and acting career. In 1998, “Sentimental Journey” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2009, Day won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
SOTD lyrics



Gonna take a sentimental journey

Gonna set my heart at ease

Gonna make a sentimental journey

To renew old memories

I’ve got my bag, got my reservation

Spent each dime I could afford

I’m like a child in wild anticipation

I long to hear that all aboard!

Seven, that’s the time we leave, at seven

I’ll be waitin’ up for heaven

Countin’ every mile of railroad track

That takes me back

I never thought my heart could be so yearny

Now why did I decide to roam?

I’m gonna take that sentimental journey

Sentimental journey home

Doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo

Doo doo doo, doo doo, ree, ree

I gotta take that sentimental journey

Sentimental journey home

Sentimental journey