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"You Only Live Twice" was the title song from the the film of the same name and was sung by Nancy Sinatra, with music by John Barry and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. The song is widely recognised for its striking opening bars, featuring a simple 2-bar theme in the high octaves of the violins and lush harmonies from French horns.


Cover versions Edit

The song is one of the most covered Bond themes. Australian band The Scientists released a heavy guitar version of the song as a single in 1985. In 1998, Robbie Williams sampled the title song "You Only Live Twice" for the chart-topper "Millennium"; in fact, the music was re-recorded rather than sampled, since this was less expensive than licensing the original recording. A rock version of "You Only Live Twice" was covered by Coldplay when they toured in Norway in 2001 and was released as a B-side on the Don't Panic single , and was covered by Natacha Atlas and appeared on her 2005 compilation album The Best of Natacha Atlas. The Icelandic singer Björk also recorded a cover version. Shirley Bassey, who did the main titles for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker performed the song on her 2007 UK Top 10 album Get the Party Started.

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