Bronislau Kaper composed the score for the 1950 film A Life of Her Own, starring Lana Turner as a model who’s having an affair with a married man played by Ray Milland. Kaper’s film score was nominated for a Golden Globe award, but the picture did not do well at the box office. However, the lush and haunting score was so appealing that it was used for a second film in 1952, Invitation, starring Dorothy Maguire and Van Johnson. Paul Francis Webster wrote the lyric for Kaper’s main theme, called simply “Invitation.” So although Kaper wrote the melody in 1950, the song’s date is usually given as 1952.
You and your smile hold a strange invitation Somehow it seems We've shed our dream but we're Time after time in a room full of strangers Out of the blue, suddenly you were there
Wherever I go you're the glow of temptation, Glancing my way in the grey of the dawn And always your smile holds that strange invitation Then you are gone Where oh where have you gone
How long must I live in a world of illusion Be where you are so near yet so far, apart Hoping you'll say with a sweet invitation Where have you been, darling come in Into my heart