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Thomas Newman: Men Don’t Leave

Back in October I waxed rhapsodic about film composer Thomas Newman. Last week I finally manage to track down a high-quality boot of his score for the Paul Brickman film, Men Don’t Leave (Brickman, you might remember, had the musical wherewithall to use Tangerine Dream for his earlier film, Risky Business.) This score even contains the in-movie avant-garde piece that Arliss Howard’s character was to have composed (and is performed in the film, complete with staccato typewriter strikes and hand-cranked egg-beaters.)

There are no track titles, though I’m currently scouring the internet for clues. Check out Track Eight in the meantime:

Men Don’t Leave: mp3

Now to wait for this odd, beautifully composed, strangely overlooked film to come to DVD…


  1. Ana-Jo
    Posted December 16, 2006 at 5:11 pm | [link]

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Your information of this piece of music has solved a many years old mystery for me.

    When I first saw this film I was moved by this scene where they are playing this unique piece of music, but I didn’t make note of it at the time and soon I forgot what movie it was in. Until a couple days ago when I happened across the movie on cable (but missed this particular scene – darn it!) and recognized the warehouse…and started on an internet search for more information about the music.

    Alas, I’m very disappointed to learn that this was not a working group of musicians and that I will not be able to find a full album of this music, but I’m happy to have solved the mystery.

    Thanks for the MP3!!!

  2. Posted December 16, 2006 at 7:41 pm | [link]

    No problem. If you’d like an mp3 of that particular avant garde piece, drop me an email. I’ll get it to you. Newman did have an experimental side project he recorded under called “Tokyo 7” but it’s not exactly the same stuff.

  3. trent nelson
    Posted April 23, 2008 at 11:07 pm | [link]

    I am interested in adding the song from men don’t leave to my library and any other music from the movie as well. could you let me know how I can get it. thanks. Trent

  4. Eileen
    Posted May 2, 2008 at 10:12 am | [link]

    I too have been searching for this soundtrack. Thanks for posting the MP3.

  5. laura stearne
    Posted July 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm | [link]

    “Men don/t Leave” has been one of my favorite movies for quite a while. Just saw it again last night and had forgotten the mezermizing orchestral production by Thomas Newman. I do not have an MP3 player and am painfully techno-challenged. Is there ANY way to get the cut on a CD?

    Thanks for the info,

  6. pedro pascal
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 10:09 am | [link]

    i saw men don’t leave in the theaters at age 14 and have looked for it’s music ever since, happy for the amount of work t newman has had since (see movies often only because he scored it) but secretly frustrated by the lack of knowledge or reference to what i believe is his most superior musical score. it is a virtually and wildly underrated movie. if you have any advice on how to get the entire soundtrack i would be eternally grateful.


  7. sam
    Posted November 5, 2008 at 10:54 pm | [link]

    i too am interested in getting the rest of the newman score from men don’t leave. it’s one of the best movies scores of it’s kind. no clue why it’s never been released.

  8. Pat M
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 2:01 pm | [link]

    Ahh, yes! I’ve been searching high and low to track down the Thomas Newman score for Men Don’t Leave with absolutely NO luck. It would be GREATLY appreciated if you could provide the remaining tracks to this score.


  9. Ed Hanke
    Posted February 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm | [link]

    Track 8, which reminds me of Newman’s score for “Desperately Seeking Susan,” sounds gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it. I love the entire score to “Men Don’t Leave” (especially the slower pieces and the cue played during the Chris O’Donnell-Arliss Howard scene on the waterfront). I would be so grateful if you could share the entire score. Thanks again.

  10. Kevin
    Posted May 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm | [link]

    I have a CD of 12 peices of music, If you want them, let me know and I will email them, unless there is an easy way to post them here. If somebody knows how, let me know and I will email the to you and you can post them.

  11. Will
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm | [link]

    I have been looking for this soundtrack for years and years and years and years…could someone email a link or rar of the file?

  12. Will
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm | [link]

    oh my email is straytoaster2@yahoo.com

  13. Tracey Schock
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm | [link]

    Does anyone have any of the music from ” Men Don’t Leave ” I love that soundtrack!

  14. Julienne
    Posted August 16, 2009 at 8:27 am | [link]

    I just attended a sound art workshop and remembered this movie especially that scene when they were playing music with alternative instruments. Thanks for the mp3. Is it available yet for download/purchase somewhere? anywhere?

  15. Erik
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm | [link]

    This may be my favorite score of Newman’s. Could someone please email me the mp3? Thank you so much.

  16. Tomas Burgos
    Posted January 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm | [link]

    Oh God, Kevin, could you please e-mail me the tracks??? I am dying to get the music to this AMAZING film; If anyone knows whether the soundtrack’s RAR has been posted, please , please let me know??? tomburgos@gmail.com


  17. Tomas Burgos
    Posted January 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm | [link]

    Will, any chance you could share the soundtrack? I would be eternally grateful!!! I love this film!!

  18. fred
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm | [link]

    For those looking for the entire ST:


  19. Marcus
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm | [link]

    Because of this blog I was able to reconnect with this masterful movie and more importantly this brilliant soundtrack. Thanks for bringing back this blog and a thanks to Fred now that I have a little extra Newman genius. Cheers

  20. Posted May 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm | [link]

    Nice!. Glad we could be of help. I’ve been giving away the S/T to whomever asks, but that link is just as good.

  21. alfred
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 7:09 am | [link]

    Hi. Where could I get scores from this soundtrack? I really love the themes.

  22. Posted June 11, 2010 at 7:15 am | [link]

    Alfred, you mean the printed scores? I have no earthly idea. Might be hard to track down.

  23. Chris
    Posted July 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm | [link]

    Hi, sorry I’m so late to the discussion here, but is the soundtrack still available to those who ask? I’ve been wanting it for nearly 20 years now and hope I may finally get it. Please, oh please. Thank You.

  24. Daniel
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:10 am | [link]

    I heard good things about this and would love to work to it. Can I please get a copy.

  25. Scott Tulay
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:33 am | [link]

    I’ve been looking for this soundtrack for a long time. Can you post or email the rest of the music from the soundtrack?


  26. Andrew Biscomb
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 8:35 am | [link]

    Hi there,

    I have been searching for the soundtrack to MEN DON’T LEAVE ever since I first saw the film on it’s cinema release. I’ve come across your site and would be extremely grateful if you could direct me to where I can download the full soundtrack. I am willing to pay.

    Many thanks


  27. Lise
    Posted January 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm | [link]

    I too would LOVE to have this soundtrack. It got me interested in a group called Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but nowhere could I find the specific tunes from this movie. One of my top ten of all time, BTW.
    Please let me know where I can find a copy of the soundtrack for purchase. . . it seems the LossLess site needs me to be invited!

    Lise N

  28. Beth
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | [link]

    Will, can you please send me whatever you have from Men Dont Leave (the Thomas Newman pieces?) I’d be SO grateful. To girlgoa@gmail.com. Major thanks!

  29. Cyndi
    Posted October 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm | [link]

    I tried to download the mp3 here but was not successful. Could you send me a downloadable copy of the songs you have from Men Don’t Leave? I would be so grateful! :)

  30. Posted October 8, 2011 at 9:02 am | [link]

    LOVE this music! You can find ALL 17 tracks on this website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjYD5GFme8U The individual has files compressed ready for download and FREE! The file is virus and adware free. Safe to download!

  31. Posted November 16, 2011 at 6:23 am | [link]

    I keep posting this movie in favorites, and “undiscovered treasures” and “things not appreciated enough, in their time” etc. It is a GEM, start to finish, and the music and musicians, add an air of magic to the whole. Everyone involved, should be very proud. I read that Debra Winger was so enamored with the Arliss Howard character (the perfect boyfriend!) that she looked him up, and they’re STILL a couple, and have a son together!

  32. Pat
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm | [link]

    These links here to get this music don’t seem to work now. I would love to get a copy of the soundtrack for “Men Don’t Leave”.

  33. Paul B
    Posted July 31, 2013 at 4:54 am | [link]

    Don’t imagine I could purchase that and use it on my website.


  34. suff
    Posted August 14, 2016 at 6:13 am | [link]

    I would be really grateful if you could send all the track on my email address, i have been searching the album for such a long time !
    thank you very much !

  35. Graham
    Posted July 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm | [link]

    I have no idea if anyone still monitors this thread, but I would be very grateful for a copy of this soundtrack. I cannot find it anywhere to purchase, despite over a decade of searching. My email is abandonallhope84@aol.com. Thanks so much if anyone happens to see this and responds.

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