Autumn songs



1908 – Shine On Harvest Moon

1919 – Indian Summer

1934 – Autumn in New York

1937 – September in the Rain

1938 – September Song

1941 – Autumn Nocturne

1941 – ‘Tis Autumn

1947 – Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)

1949 – Early Autumn


selected other autumn songs

1900 – When the Harvest Days are Over (Jessie Dear) – m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Howard Graham — sheet music: NYPL, (1), (2),, Indiana Historical Society

1925 – Too Many Kisses in the Summer (Bring Too Many Tears in the Fall) – m. Harry Warren, w. Al Dubin, Billy Rose

1926 – When Autumn Leaves are Falling (Sam Coslow, Abner Silver)

1927 – Summertime Sweethearts (Where Do They Go in The Fall?) – m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Kahal, Francis Wheeler — 1927 recordings by Sam Lanin and His Famous Players (vocal: Les Reis), Broadway Bellhops

1934 – In the Quiet of an Autumn Night (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson) – recorded in September 1934 by Freddy Martin & his Orchestra, with vocal by Buddy Clark; also recorded by Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra, Henry King and his Orchestra, New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (directed by Carroll Gibbons), and Geraldo & His Orchestra

Freddy Martin & his Orchestra, vocal: Buddy Clark — recorded on 14 September 1934, in NYC; issued on the 78 rpm single Brunswick 6982, c/w “Isn’t It a Shame?”

audio file, VBR MP3 (6.3 MB), from the Freddy Martin Collection 1932-1935 (Standard Labels) page at (link fixed, 6/15/2021):


1945 – Autumn Serenade (m. Peter De Rose, w. Sammy Gallop)

1953 – Autumn in Rome (m. Paul Weston, Alessandro Cicognini, w. Sammy Cahn)

1957 – Autumn Rain (Trost, Barron) – recording by the Hi-Lo’s with Frank Comstock issued in 1957 on the promo single Columbia ‎4-40915, b/w “A Face in the Crowd”

1959 – See You in September (m. Sherman Edwards, w. Sid Wayne)

1960 – Try to Remember (Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones)

1962 – It Might as Well Rain Until September (m. Carole King, w. Gerry Goffin)

1964 – Autumn (David Shire, Richard Maltby, Jr.) – selected recordings below

1965 – Maybe September (Ray Evans, Percy Faith, Jay Livingston)

1965 – The September of My Years (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Sammy Cahn)

1969 – Crescent Noon (m. Richard Carpenter, w. John Bettis) – see recording below

1975 – When Autumn Comes (Johnny Marks)

Roberta Flack in the 1975 animated film The Tiny Tree


When Autumn Comes — words and music by Johnny Marks

When autumn comes and summer is gone
Then will our love keep lingering on
Then will it fade like flowers that burst out in the spring
Will your sweet words be gone as birds take wing

A summer love can be like a rose
Beware the thorn where such beauty grows
Before the leaves start falling
Please say you’ll still love me dear
When autumn comes, when autumn comes each year
When autumn comes each year

1978 – September (Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis)

1979 – September Morn (Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud)

1984 – When October Goes (m. Barry Manilow, w. Johnny Mercer) – Wikipedia


Autumn (David Shire, Richard Maltby, Jr.)

Barbra Streisand — from the album People, (US) Columbia CS 9015, released in September 1964; also issued in November 1964 on the promo only 45 rpm single Columbia JZSP 79183 / JZSP 79184, as the B-side of “I’m All Smiles”



The song was included in the musical revue Starting Here, Starting Now, which, according to Wikipedia, was first produced at the Manhattan Theater Club in 1976 under the title Theater Songs by Maltby and Shire.

Margery Cohen — from Starting Here Starting Now (Original Cast Recording), RCA Red Seal ABL1-2360, released in 1977


Brandon Contreras and Brian Walters – from the Roar series of Lion Party Films; video published on 4 November 2019


Crescent Noon (m. Richard Carpenter, w. John Bettis)

From the Wikipedia page on the Carpenters’ 1970 album Close to You:

Originally performed by Karen and Richard in the California State University, Long Beach choir in 1969, “Crescent Noon” is a song composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis.

California State University, Long Beach choir, featuring Karen Carpenter solos – 1969


from the lyric:

Green September
Burned to October brown
Bare November
Led to December’s frozen ground

The seasons stumble ’round
Our drifting lives are bound
To a falling crescent noon

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