Theme from "Picnic"Words & Music by Steve Allen & George Duning
Recorded by The McGuire Sisters, 1956 (#13)
From the 1956 film "Picnic"
D DM7 Bm9 On a picnic morning E7/9 E7 E7/9 With - out a warn - ing DM7 B7 G G/F# A9 A7/9 D Fdim Em7 A7 I looked at you and some - how I knew D DM7 Bm9 On a day for sing - ing, E7/9 E7 E7/9 My heart went wing - ing DM7 B7 G G/F# A9 A7/9 D Fdim Em7 A7 D A pic - nic grove was our ren - dez - vous Bridge: D6 Em7 A9 DM7 D6 You and I in the sunshine; Em7 A9 DM7 D6 We strolled the fields amd farms. Bm7 Bm7/E F#m F#m7 At the last light of evening, G G/F# G/B A7sus4 A7 I held you in my arms. D DM7 Bm9 So when days grow stormy E7/9 E7 E7/9 And lone - ly for me DM7 B7 G G/F# A9 A7/9 D Bb9 Em7 A7 D I just re - call pic - nic time and you.
Although this song is now far more often heard only as part of the famous Morris Stoloff medley (with "Moonglow") if it is heard at all, I've always thought this was a beautiful song in its own right. It was co-written by Steve Allen, who was so much better known as a comedian and television entertainer that his accomplishments as a composer are far too often overlooked.