Its first performance was in the film Calamity Jane by Doris Day. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Doris Day also recorded the best-selling record of the song, which reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1954. A popular version by Slim Whitman also made #2. The record was made on August 5, 1953. The recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40108. The melody is based on the opening theme of Schubert's A-major piano sonata D.664.
Once I had a secret love, That lived within the heart of me. All too soon my secret love, Became impatient to be free.
So I told a friendly star, The way that dreamers often do, Just how wonderful you are, And why I am so in love with you.
Now I shout it from the highest hills, I even told the golden daffodils. At last my hearts an open door, And my secret love's no secret anymore.