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Jim Dixon Lyr Req: You Didn't Have To Tell Me (Hank Snow) (6) Lyr Add: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL ME (W Donaldson) 30 Mar 20


Not the same song, but maybe the title inspired Hank Snow:
Lyrics below are from the sheet music at Baylor University:


YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL ME (I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME)
Words and music by Walter Donaldson, ©1931.

VERSE: To you, I was giving my time.
On you, I was wasting my time.
All through, you've been thinking of somebody else
Who made you feel blue.
I've tried just to make you forget.
I've sighed; still I'll never regret.
You know how you feel about somebody else;
That's how I feel about you.

CHORUS: You didn't have to tell me your heart just couldn't be mine.
You didn't have to tell me; I knew it all the time.
You didn't have to fool me for any reason or rhyme.
You didn't have to tell me; I knew it all the time!
So you were the one who'd love me and leave me, and like me to think it was nice.
So you were the one I thought on the level, a devil from paradise!
How could you make me happy with someone else on your mind?
You didn't have to tell me; I knew it all the time!

[On second chorus, substitute last 2 lines:]

The night you said goodnight, dear, you had a look in your eye.
You didn't have to tell me; I knew you meant goodbye!

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The Internet Archive has recordings by:

Art Kahn's Orchestra; Melotone (M 12090), 1931. verse and chorus
Don Cherry with Camarata; Decca (29005), 1953. chorus only
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, with vocal by Carmen Lombardo; Columbia (2379-D), 1931. chorus only
Nick Lucas and His Crooning Troubadours, with vocal by Nick Lucas; Brunswick (6045), 1931. verse and chorus
The Troubadours, with vocal by Paul Small; Victor (22631-A), 1931. chorus only

YouTube also has recordings by:

Ben Pollack and His Orchestra, 1931. chorus only
Gracie Collins verse and chorus
Jack Albin and His Hotel Pennsylvania Dance Orchestra, 1931. chorus only
Kate Smith verse and chorus
Percy Chandler and his Band, 1931 chorus only
Roy Carroll and His Sands Point Orchestra, 1931 chorus only
Roy Fox (The Whispering Cornetist) and His Band, 1931 chorus only


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