Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Date 1968
Source The Thomas Crown Affair (movie)
Publisher EMI U Catalog Inc.

"The Windmills of Your Mind" is a song written for the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair; it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

On The Muppet Show, the song is performed by a Screaming Thing in episode 201. The creature explains that while he looks very calm on the outside, on the inside everything is circling around as described by the song. He sings each line progressively faster while he runs along on his three spinning feet. By the end of the number, he's completely exhausted and freaked out. He ends up running off the stage and through Statler and Waldorf's box and falls down into the audience.

The song was also used in an RCA stereo television demonstration film produced by Jim Henson in 1970, where it was performed by a jazz combo comprised of Sesame Street band members: Joe Raposo, Ed Shaughnessy, Danny Epstein, Toots Thielemans, and Bobby Cranshaw. (YouTube)


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