Neil Diamond - The Windmills Of Your Mind Lyrics

Round like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending on beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that's turning
Running rings around the moon
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Like a tunnel that you follow
To a tunnel of its own
Down a hollow to a cavern
Where the sun has never shone
Like a door that keeps revolving
In a half-forgotten dream
Or the ripples from a pebble
Someone tosses in a stream
Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
Past the minutes on its face
And the world is like an apple
Whirling silently in space
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

Keys that jingle in your pocket
Words that jangle in your head
Why did summer go so quickly?
Was it something that I said?
Lovers walk along a shore
And leave their footprints in the sand
Was the sound of distant drumming
Just the fingers of your hand?
Pictures hanging in a hallway
Or the fragment of a song
Half-remembered names and faces
But to whom do they belong?
When you knew that it was over
Were you suddenly aware
That the autumn leaves were turning
To the color of her hair?

Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills of your mind

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  1. philippe choucri

    Top-notch ...

  2. michele sanchez

    J'ADORE 😘😘😘😘

  3. Francisco Ferrer Galiana

    Esplendida canión

  4. Matilde Román

    I want him.back

  5. Harald Stein

    Oh,those Women.

  6. alfredo gomez

    Outstanding song and composer. A classic

  7. arturo fernandez

    muy bello

  8. James Harold Brodie

    First time I hear Neil's version. Very good.
    Great video. Fancy, Michel Legrand's music played to a flirtatious chess game between Steve McQueen ad Faye Dunaway in the 1968 movie the Thomas Crown Affair.
    The original song, in the movie , is by Noel Harrison (his father Rex of My Fair Lady).

  9. dexter punto

    the most beautiful version i have ever heard and seen..thanks for the upload

  10. Anibal Ferran

    Steve Mc Queen, un capo.

  11. Duke Of Prunes

    Rex Harrison's son, Noel, actually did the version for the movie, but Neil Diamond definitely has the better voice.

  12. Keith Robinson

    Now I know where they got for idea the Austin Powers chess match between Myers and Ivana Humpalot.

  13. lastschicker

    not much wind that day hey

  14. Gary Heron

    How can any man look that utterly beautiful?

  15. ericyanikov

    There were the times when people can write wise lyrics...

  16. Ken Hatchett

    I love Neil diamond but have to say I enjoyed the video more than the song,just love Steve McQueen what a legend,don’t know why we seem to lose the greats so early in there lives,Steve McQueen,James dean,elvis just to name but a few.

  17. Donna Emerald

    A nice dream, and a good game.

  18. Paymon Bidari

    So seemingly effortless. Same in live. Neil Diamond rocks!

  19. Gloria Brown

    Beautiful game!

  20. Nat Fletcher

    the guy looks like steve mcqueen. Am I right or wrong &

  21. Nourdine Mezrar

    Great song forever in french also "tous les moulins de mon coeur" from Michel Legrand great composer of this song forever. Rip Mister Legrand. This masterpiece still here forever.

  22. Jeff Kodiac

    RIP MIchel Legrand

  23. Cat Eyes

    Playing chess in a business suit . . . those classy days will never come back. Pity.

  24. Laurent Six

    Legendary scene and legendary song

  25. Петр Романов

    Yes, it has it all...."Elusive butterfly of love".... the most profound lyrics ever written.
    Drives to the bottom of your soul and explodes from within.

  26. Federico Cisneros

    This is a very special melody to me, some times i cry,thinking in all the love promes, why TCB?why,?Just tell me why.

  27. Dan elouazzani

    I wish i was him 😍😊🔥

  28. david harris

    The best version of this song comes from Neil

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  30. Gloria Brown

    Magical 🦋

  31. rene florencio

    the very best version...........................

  32. Анастасия Л

    О, как романтично!

  33. B Brunson

    This so explains life ... may God bless everyone who listens to this beautiful song. Life is so short.


    Immortal song

  35. Ata Yam

    Real nice

  36. Mike Cribdon

    Beautiful version, beautiful scene.

  37. Habib Farahani

    Great Song! Great Movie!

  38. William Collins

    wow, so much feeling in that song! the original movie was quite good!

  39. Duu mazan

    Wawwww i love it

  40. Katarzyna Fryges

    brillant Steve McQueen

  41. brianzolo1

    wonderfull song so sad...but so nice..

  42. Lord Brett Sinclair

    I like Neil Diamond , but this is awful ....Noel Harrison is the original and the best

  43. FredricEric

    This video clip is really hot.

  44. John Lappe

    I love Neil Diamond's cover of this song.

  45. tania barak

    rstervr is my favorit acto

  46. ML Spinelli

    Some of my favorite cinematic moments

  47. Tom Hughes

    How come Steve has castled at 0:21, but then castles again at 1:00

  48. Petrus Invictus

    We have lost the director and the cutter. One Piece of film history.

  49. Sérgio Abib

    Steve McQueen!

  50. zelen plav

    Reruns on THIS TV. FREE. No cable needed.

  51. zelen plav


  52. goback3spaces

    In chess circles, this is known as the Dunaway Attack.

    Duke Of Prunes

    She can attack me any day 😙

  53. patricio amenabar

    The video is the key

  54. Sylvia Berman

    spins with magic of life

  55. Alla Axelrod

    My favorite rendition of this Michele Legrand's masterpiece of a song.

  56. 49metal

    Diamond's treatment of this piece leaves it mangled and lifeless. Pity the video has to be scarred with it.

  57. Boby De Tiaret

    Neil Diamond comme d'hab' massacre de chef d'oeuvre de Michel Legrand. A jeter!

  58. Lowanna L

    The game of chess reminds me of a game of Chess that I played with my flatmaye Thomas when I was 18/19. There was no time limits between moves so it went all night until sunrise, except there was no physical contact like in this scene. I did win eventually, but maybe he was just being a gentleman.

  59. Kim *

    I Was Here . 5-25-2017

  60. amorosso

    love to know who did such marvelous arrangement dose any body know?

  61. amorosso

    the icon ,, the coolest of the hollywood,,, Mc Queen

  62. rene florencio

    actions speak louder than words

  63. rene florencio

    great song,great movie,great acting....

  64. discobaby795

    Great video!

  65. JHINTON69

    Steve McQeen == McCOOL!! There was not much hope for cancer back then, but Mexican snake oil really was a sucking way to die!! RIP McCOOL!!

  66. Donna Massa

    One of the most mildly erotic, classy, unique and beautifully interpreted love scenes of any motion picture produced especially by two of the greatest American actors of our time. Also, the lyrics and music arrangement is timeless and has been sung by many different artists. One of my favorite versions of this song was sung by "Sting" from the sequel of The Tomas Crown Affair played by Pierce Brosnan. In an interview with Pierce, he spoke about watching this classic film as a young boy and he said: "if I ever have the chance to play Tommy in a sequel someday I will change the ending because it was too sad." He did...

  67. Alicia Cendana

    Nothing beats the original!

  68. Marshall Hackett

    This Gen-Xer grew up with my dad playing all those great 60s tunes--and my mom loving Neil Diamond.
    The result: I have seen Neil Diamond in concert twice and "The Windmills of Your Mind," especially by Vic Damone, (as well as Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, Sting, etc.) is one of my favorite songs.

  69. Omar Gonzalez

    This is an example of loving a film but not thinking it that gteat.

  70. Tony Nelson

    the earth is flat ... brought me here ... 2017

  71. david harris

    The 60's was such a great decade for movie show tunes!!!!!!!

  72. Evgen Shevtsov

    рокировку делают при шахе? это мелочи, когда прекрасные артисты и волшебный музон

  73. Peter Dixon

    time crushes everything??? oh well.

    Ventura Rojas.

    La escuche por primers vez hace muchos años atras, solo piano, y antes del internet. Cuando la encontre, entre otras, esta version, sigue siendo mi favorita

  74. Jack Phillips

    Movies used to be a place to experience sights and sounds that existed in your mind. Beautiful music...elegant un real people being something you wished to be.

  75. Lev Barnett

    Neil Diamond's voice can undress anyone - he is so magnificent!

    Kim *


    Olga Tixonova

    Tottaly agree !! the best performance !

    Chris Debono

    It reminds me of summer.


    I am already naked so I dont think it counts.


    Somehow , the Neil Diamond arrangements don't quite work here. Just a little too much.
    A jazz score is more practical.

  76. harpels

    I like to see Steve Mcqueen in a really torrid love scene. He is very sexy in a lingering way.

  77. Michal Rabey

    Ohhh dear.. what a pure beautiful love

  78. tricky dick

    Too melodramatic.


    Yes over the top, Noel Harrison`s was far superior.

    tricky dick

    But the best one is Dusty Springfield's, even thx to a superior arrangement.

    L Malino

    Nope! Harrison's was lighthearted, upbeat tempo; O.K. for lead-in to movie but emotionless, less pensive than Diamond's version which brings out the soul and drama of the lyrics as a stand-alone composition.


    Have to disagree, Diamond's version while competent is overwrought and unnecessarily melodramatic. It's high school theater or Ted Cruz "Persecution!" level compared to Harrison's.

  79. Jules Rensch

    great magnetism....powerfull   J.

  80. Elisabeth Zajac

    J'adore ce passage du film avec la superbe musique "les moulins de mon coeur", l'attitude de chaque acteurs est très intéressante à observer, l'on voit une scène de séduction très remarquable.

  81. Régine Temam

    Excellent chess scene, but vocally, my idol is Noel Harrisson

  82. e james

    sucks.........this song needs a clear,almost flinty, voice.
    Not a boozy, smokey voice like neil diamond.

  83. Erik Carmel

    I feel sorry for the ones that did not see the film....

    zelen plav

    Erik Carmel. Just saw it again on regular tv

    poorya hemmati

    and just because of your comment I watched that and enjoyed the god damn movie a lot

    JD Bond

    Saw the movie for the first time a month or two. Really good. I’m only 13 but enjoy movies from the 60s.


    What’s the name of the movie?

  84. Joan A. Monferrer Tena

    Una de mis canciones preferidas....

  85. Estella van Wyk

    The most beautiful version I have ever heard and seen. Thank you for sharing.

  86. Anibal Ferran

    Michael Legrand, un grande al igual que Ennio Morricone y Henry Mancini, en la composición de musica para películas. No menos grandes son los protagonistas de este filme, , Faye Dunneway, (tambien brillante junto a Warren Beatty en Bonny & Clide)y que podemos decir de Steve Mc Queen que no se haya dicho?

  87. R AP

    movie and video clip that was put to this song aside......

    there is something about the English version "The Windmills of Your Mind" that makes it much more hauntingly beautiful than the original French translation by Michel Legrand, which is the windmills of your heart. While both are beautiful versions, I don't know if there is just the disconnect I have with understanding the original because it is in another language, but the English translation is just amazing. And Elmer Bernstein frickin rocks!

  88. joseph kenneally

    "Elusive butterfly of love" had the most profound lyrics ever written for a pop song.Just saying.Listen to them.The complete 5.4 minute version by Lind.

  89. maureen1938

    BRILLIANT song by Michel Legrand sung so beautifully by Neil Diamond. Thank you for posting this awesome version of this super share.

    Estella van Wyk

    Yes AWESOME and beautiful.

  90. Lori Romano

    Impossible game of chess.

  91. Nomail Today

    -34 degrees

  92. J J Townley Sometime-composer of Piano Concertos

    To me these will always rank as the greatest lyrics ever written for a pop/MOR song. Of course it won a hugely deserved Oscar for Best Song, but I think people have to really hear the song a dozen time straight to truly appreciate what Marilyn and Alan Bergman accomplished and how Michel Legrand took a string of absolutely stunning couplets and put them to a tune that fits them like a glove and is memorable, all that the same time. One of my ten all time favorite pop songs.

  93. Marie Page

    Is that Faye Dunaway?


    +Mary Stone yes

  94. shaundeb Leezy

    No, not for men this song!

  95. Kristin Crumpler

    one of my favorite songs..

    Kristin Crumpler

    @diane2u2010 nor Steve :))


    really a song so sad but so nice same time..


    and  make us remind the great Steve Mc soon faded

  96. Alex Land

    What kind of car is Steve McQueen driving at the end of this video, it's beautiful...

    Michael Deane

    +Alex Land - that car was Steve's rare Jaguar - something like an XKSS.....think they only made less than 10 -usually for racing I think....sweet, eh? MD

  97. Jack Phillips

    Movies were provocative. Music was just great. And then there's the actor/actresses to make you want to be in another place. NOW? All you need to do is take off your clothes and shake a fat ass.


    heard it at the funeral on Sunday, very touching. Wanted to cry.

  99. Venkata Ramana

    three legends together. the movie, the actor and the singer

    Estella van Wyk