Keep the tissue box handy because we are going to visit this soft love ballad hit released by the band Bread on their 1972 album Guitar Man. David Gates wrote and composed the song after watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s which starred of course the irrepressibly beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Note that the name of the song and the actress are not the same. According to wikipedia – it swapped the assumed gender of the name Aubrey, nearly extinguishing its use as a male name and popularizing it as a female one. Actress Aubrey Plaza is named after the song.
The single lasted 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15.
I keep this song in my music library mainly for nostalgic purposes. I listened to Bread and this song a lot in my youth. He sings about this unrequited love for a girl named Aubrey, but the lyrics suggest it was about someone he perhaps never knew. It is renowned as one of Bread’s most beautiful, yet melancholic, songs. I’m not a big fan as I used to be, but when I hear it now sometimes it evokes memories that were once forgotten; like dipping yourself in magic water and the memories are so thick, reminding me of all that was once unspoiled.
But how I miss the girl
And I’d go a million times around the world just to say
She had been mine for a day