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Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You

topical tom 24 Mar 09 - 02:19 PM
ClaireBear 24 Mar 09 - 02:34 PM
Joe Offer 24 Mar 09 - 02:36 PM
topical tom 24 Mar 09 - 04:39 PM
topical tom 24 Mar 09 - 04:48 PM
ClaireBear 24 Mar 09 - 05:04 PM
topical tom 24 Mar 09 - 05:44 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 02:19 PM

Many years ago I heard a song which I think was entitled "I Told The Stars About You".I believe it would be classed as a country song.The only words that I recall are the following:

          Last night I was standing by the window
          Gazing out at the blue sky.
          I told the stars all about you, my dear,
          While standing there on high...

I would like to know who wrote the song and the best-known people who sang it, as well as all the other lyrics.I found it to be a very good song. Help me if you can.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: ClaireBear
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 02:34 PM

Here's some source information from the Folk Music Index:

I Told the Stars About You [Me II-E89] - McFarland, Lester/Burton, Thos. Mac and Bob (Lester McFarland & Robert A. Gardner). Mac & Bob's WLS Book of Songs, Cole, fol (1931), p20

Also, I found a full audio version available for listening online, as recorded by the Bailey Brothers in the '4-s pr '50s (it doesn't speciify)
at the Roots Listening Room (search for "told the stars"). It's in the Juneberry CM201 group.

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 02:36 PM

Looks like that might be a good one. The Folk Music Index says "I Told the Stars About You was written in 1931 by Lester McFarland and Thomas Burton, performed by Mac and Bob (Lester McFarland & Robert A. Gardner). It was published in a book called Mac & Bob's WLS Book of Songs, Cole, fol (1931), p20.

I have some of those wonderful old WLS songbooks, but not the Mac & Bob one.

You'll find more about Mac & Bob at http://www.hillbilly-music.com. There is a more recent recording of the song by a group called the Warrior River Boys, but I couldn't find the Mac & Bob recording.

-Joe-


Aw, dang, Claire beat me to it, and she found a recording...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 04:39 PM

Thanks so much, folks! So thorough and so quick! Now I remember hearing it sung by The Bailey Brothers back in the fifties.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 04:48 PM

That's a great link, Claire! Sorry, Joe, maybe next time you'll beat her. Your links are very good too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: ClaireBear
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 05:04 PM

I only beat Joe by not taking time to proofread adequately (sorry!) or to rephrase the source citation. I had a feeling Joe -- or someone, anyway -- would be hot on my heels!

C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Told The Stars About You
From: topical tom
Date: 24 Mar 09 - 05:44 PM

LOL! Someone's always breathing down your neck on these searches, I guess!


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Subject: Lyr Add: I TOLD THE STARS ABOUT YOU
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 12:26 AM

Here's my transcription from the MP3 file at JuneBerry78s.com:


I TOLD THE STARS ABOUT YOU
Thomas Burton, Lester McFarland
As sung by the Bailey Brothers

CHORUS: Last night, while standing by the window, gazing into the sky,
I told the stars all about you, my dear, while shining there on high.
Then they grew dim and they seemed to sigh, as it turned to a sparkling blue,
When I told them in sweet words of love that my heart belonged to you.

1. Someday, sweetheart, you'll be sorry that you were untrue to me.
I'm broken-hearted without you. In my dreams your face I see.

2. In all my dreams, we're together. I wish they all would come true.
Then I would be oh so happy, telling the stars about you.


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