When most people think of the song Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be) they usually think about one person: Doris Day. Well, as much as it may offend musical purists out there, my mind doesn't go to the paragon of wholesome American girls everywhere. No, I think of good old Martha "Dumptruck" Dunnstock from the 1989 teen classic, Heathers, which is why today's Scenes (Songs) We Love is dedicated to that black comedy and Sly and The Family Stone's 1973 cover of Day's classic song that plays in the film's final moments.
Ask any girl (and some guys) about their favorite teen films, and I can guarantee that Heathers will land in the top five. The story of murderous revenge on a group of 'Mean Girls' has gone down in history as one of the best hellish high school movies of all time, and primed a new generation of girls to go for the bad boy (in the form of Christian Slater's 'Baby Nicholson'). Sly's take on the American standard plays over the final scene in which Veronica (Winona Ryder) has not only saved the school but taken a stand against the new and improved Heathers. So as Martha and Veronica walk off into the sunset, those opening chords kick in and it creates the perfect match of moment and music, because Sly's version of this song isn't about blindly looking on the bright side. His cover has just enough melancholy to remind you that Veronica hasn't changed the rest of the world and the school year isn't going to be easy, but at least she did the right thing.
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Que Sera, Sera was written by the songwriting team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans and was introduced in the 1959 Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, which starred Day and Jimmy Stewart. The song quickly became a worldwide hit, and numerous cover versions of the tune followed. But I hand it to Sly and The Family Stone for creating a version that finally hit on what I love about this song: the cool reserve that comes from knowing that everything isn't going to be all right, but it's OK, because you can take it.