Harold and Maude

Music

The music in Harold and Maude was composed and performed by Cat Stevens. He had been suggested by Elton John to do the music after John had dropped out of the project.[32] Stevens composed two original songs for the film, "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" and performed instrumental and alternative versions of the songs "On the Road to Find Out", "I Wish, I Wish", "Miles from Nowhere", "Tea for the Tillerman", "I Think I See the Light", "Where Do the Children Play?" and "Trouble" which were either on the album Mona Bone Jakon or Tea for the Tillerman. Those albums had been released before the film. "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" were not released on an album, until his 1984 compilation Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2.

There is some additional non–Cat Stevens music in the film. "Greensleeves" is played on the harp during dinner. During the scene where Harold is floating face-down in the swimming pool, the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 are heard. A marching band is also heard playing a march titled "The Klaxon" by Henry Fillmore outside the church following a funeral.

1972 soundtrack

The first soundtrack was released in Japan in 1972 on vinyl and cassette (A&M Records GP-216). It omitted the two original songs and all instrumental and alternative versions of songs and was generally composed of re-released material that was in the film, along with five songs that were not in the film.[33]

Track listing
  • Side one
    1. "Morning Has Broken" (not in the film)
    2. "Wild World" (not in the film)
    3. "I Think I See the Light"
    4. "I Wish, I Wish"
    5. "Trouble"
    6. "Father and Son" (not in the film)
  • Side two
    1. "Miles from Nowhere"
    2. "Lilywhite" (not in the film)
    3. "Where Do the Children Play?"
    4. "On the Road to Find Out"
    5. "Lady D'Arbanville" (not in the film)
    6. "Tea for the Tillerman"

2007 soundtrack

The second soundtrack was released in December 2007, by Vinyl Films Records, as a vinyl-only limited-edition release of 2,500 copies. It contained a 30-page oral history of the making of the film, comprising the most extensive series of interviews yet conducted on Harold and Maude.[30]

Track listing
  • Side one
    1. "Don't Be Shy"
    2. "On the Road to Find Out"
    3. "I Wish, I Wish"
    4. "Miles from Nowhere"
    5. "Tea for the Tillerman"
    6. "I Think I See the Light"
  • Side two
    1. "Where Do the Children Play?"
    2. "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out"
    3. "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (banjo version)"—previously unreleased
    4. "Trouble"
    5. "Don't Be Shy (alternate version)"—previously unreleased
    6. "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (instrumental version)"—previously unreleased
  • Bonus 7" single
    1. "Don't Be Shy (demo version)"—previously unreleased
    2. "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (alternative version)"—previously unreleased

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