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Thread #30547   Message #392935
Posted By: Joe Offer
08-Feb-01 - 03:15 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Yes My Darling Daughter
Subject: Lyr Add: YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER (Jack Lawrence)
Oy, this one was tough. I have SIX Dinah Shore CD's, and can't find a single cut of her singing "Yes, My Darling Daughter," which is a 1940 Jack Lawrence adaptation of a Yiddish song called "Yuh Mein Tiere Tochter." I did find a Glenn Miller recording, however. This is NOT the one that's in our database (click), and probably not the one that's on Bruce's site. I haven't been able to find the Yiddish lyrics - can anybody help?
I understand the Barry Sisters recorded the Yiddish version, and other recordings of the English version were by the Andrews Sisters, Helen Forrest, Gene Krupa, and Benny Goodman.
-Joe Offer-

(Jack Lawrence)

I've gotta be good or momma will scold me
(Yes, yes, yes!)
I asked her and this is what she told me:
(Yes, yes, yes!)

Mother, may I go out dancing?
Yes, my darling daughter!
Mother, may I try romancing?
Yes, my darling daughter!

What if there's a moon,
Momma darling, and it's shining on the water?
Mother, must I keep on dancing?
Yes, my darling daughter!

What if he'll propose,
Momma darling, when the night is growing shorter?
Mother, what should be my answer?
"Yes," my darling daughter!

As recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra on November 15th 1940 with Marion Hutton.
Words and music by Jack Lawrence. (From the revue "Crazy With The Heat")

There's a great MP3 of the Yiddish version here (click), but I'm not good enough at Yiddish to transcribe it. A better transliteration of the title might be "Yo, Mayn Tayere Tokhter." Gee, it sure was fun tracking this down.