Speak Softly, Love

For the Andy Williams album, see Love Theme from "The Godfather" (album).
"Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)"
Single by Andy Williams
from the album Love Theme from "The Godfather"
B-side "A Fool Never Learns"
Released April 1972
Genre Vocal
Length 2:41
Label Columbia Records 45579
Writer(s) Larry Kusik, Nino Rota
Producer(s) Dick Glasser
Andy Williams singles chronology
"Music from Across the Way"
"Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from "The Godfather")"
"MacArthur Park"
Speak Softly, Love (Love Theme from The Godfather)
The famous theme, composed by Larry Kusik and Nino Rota.

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"Speak Softly, Love" is the theme song for The Godfather (1972). Its instrumental version is simply known as "Love Theme from The Godfather". Larry Kusik wrote the lyrics, and Nino Rota wrote the music. Different sets of lyrics for the song were written in French (Parle plus bas), Italian (Parla più piano), Sicilian (Brucia la terra), and Spanish (Amor háblame dulcemente). Dalida sings the French version; the Sicilian version is sung by Anthony Corleone (Franc D'Ambrosio) in The Godfather Part III.

Rota's score for The Godfather had been nominated for a 1973 Academy Award for Best Original Score. However, it was disqualified from consideration when the Academy learned Rota had used a more comedic version of the song for the film Fortunella (1958).[1] Nonetheless, Rota's score for The Godfather Part II won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Score, despite the fact that it contained the same piece.


The song was originally recorded by Andy Williams.

See also


  1. Kris Tapley (2008-01-21). "Jonny Greenwood's 'Blood' score disqualified by AMPAS". Variety. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
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