''I wanted to reflect all of the sorrow and despondency and pain of the relationship, the star-crossed nature of it. No matter what I was doing, I could hear Barbra’s voice in my head and recall how wonderful she sounds when she holds certain notes. I wanted to let her soar. I was determined not to write something drippingly sentimental. To be honest, my first attempts were in that direction. I’d work for three hours then leave the piano, and try again the next day. At night, my dreams were accompanied by a soundtrack, and it was always Streisand’s voice doing the singing.'' - Marvin Hamlisch (songwriter)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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