Then, this song is written for the film"Captain Carey, U.S.A." (1950) and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1950.
The soundtrack version by Nat King Cole spent eight weeks at number one in the Billboard singles chart in 1950. Cole's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992.
In a villa in a little old Italian town Lives a girl whose beauty shames the rose. Many yearn to love her But their hopes all tumble down. What does she wants? No one knows...
Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you. You're so like the lady with the mystic smile. Is it only 'cause you're lonely they have blamed you For that Mona Lisa strangeness in your smile?
Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa, Or is this your way to hide a broken heart? Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep, They just lie there and they die there. Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa? Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art? Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa.