The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. The song was very popular and was one of five songs nominated for an Academy Award; it was sung by Johnny Mathis at the March 1958 Oscar presentations. Mathis' version of the song was also released as a single by Columbia Records, and reached No.22 on the Billboard chart.
The song has been recorded many times, including twice by Nina Simone on the album Nina Simone at Town Hall (1959) and also on the album Wild Is the Wind (1966).
Love me, love me; say you do. Let me fly away with you. For my love is like the wind And wild is the wind.
Give me more than one caress; Satisfy this hungriness. Let the wind blow through your heart, For wild is the wind.
You touch me; I hear the sound of mandolins. You kiss me, And, with the kiss, the world begins. You're spring to me, all things to me; You're life itself!
Like a leaf clings to a tree, Oh my darling, cling to me, For we're creatures of the wind, And wild is the wind, the wind. Wild is my love for you.