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Lyr Req: You Didn't Have To Tell Me (Hank Snow)

GUEST,Martin 28 Mar 20 - 03:28 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 28 Mar 20 - 04:34 PM
cnd 28 Mar 20 - 05:05 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 28 Mar 20 - 05:16 PM
GUEST,Martin 28 Mar 20 - 05:22 PM
Jim Dixon 30 Mar 20 - 12:44 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: You Didn’t Have To Tell Me - Hank Snow
From: GUEST,Martin
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 03:28 PM

Hi

I'm missing two lines in this song by Hank Snow.
Does someone know what he's saying in the second verse of the chorus?
Thanks!
Martin



You Didn’t Have To Tell Me
Hank Snow
8-10 février 1941 - Montréal - 8719-

?You didn’t have to tell me that we parting
When you look into my eyes, t’was plain to see
And though you broke my lonely heart in two, dear
I wonder do you sometime think of me


You didn’t have to tell me, I knew it all the while
I wish you would had told me from the start
Each lonely nights old mem’ries, they come stealin’
Across the meadows of my heart
God is every joy and .....
My arm’s reach out ....       all in vain
Instead old pal, I’m all alone and lonesome
Won’t you change your mind and wonder back again?

I’m wondering if sometime do you remember
When we said and watch that harvest moon grow old
Little did I think that you would leave me
Just waiting here so lonesome and alone


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL ME (Hank Snow)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 04:34 PM

There are a few errors in the version there. Here's my transcription from a YouTube recording of Hank Snow.

Mick


YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL ME
(Hank Snow)

You didn't have to tell me we were parting.
When you looked into my eye, 'twas plain to see;
And though you broke my lonely heart in two, dear,
I wonder: do you sometimes think of me?

[§] You didn't have to tell me; I knew it all the while.
I wish you would have told me from the start.
Each lonely night old mem'ries, they come stealin'
Across the meadows of my heart.

Gone is ev'ry joy and inspiration.
My arms reach out to find it's all in vain.
Instead, old pal, I'm all alone and lonesome.
Won't you change your mind and wander back again? [§§]

I'm wond'ring if sometimes do you remember,
When we sat and watched that harvest moon grow old?
Little did I think that you would leave me
Just waiting here so lonesome and alone.

REPEAT FROM § TO §§.


Source: Hank Snow, youtube: You Didn't Have To Tell Me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You Didn’t Have To Tell Me - Hank Snow
From: cnd
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:05 PM

Quick comment: 3rd stanza and final stanza start "Gone is every joy and inspiration to my ears.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You Didn’t Have To Tell Me - Hank Snow
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:16 PM

Thanks cnd - it's actually clear on the recording - I must have been too busy editing while listening and missed the change.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You Didn’t Have To Tell Me - Hank Snow
From: GUEST,Martin
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:22 PM

Mick and cnd
Many thanks!
Martin


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TELL ME (W Donaldson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 12:44 AM

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!

- - - - -
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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