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