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Lyr Req: Are You Tired of Me Darling/...My Darling

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ARE YOU TIRED OF ME MY DARLING


Doug 07 Aug 98 - 03:32 PM
Joe Offer 07 Aug 98 - 04:26 PM
GUEST,rellik56 12 Apr 00 - 09:17 PM
GUEST 12 Apr 00 - 10:22 PM
Chris Seymour 12 Apr 00 - 10:45 PM
Jim Dixon 05 Sep 05 - 09:48 PM
RangerSteve 05 Sep 05 - 10:17 PM
snarky 06 Sep 05 - 12:12 AM
masato sakurai 06 Sep 05 - 12:57 AM
GUEST,Bart 18 Sep 15 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: Title, original artist, and lyrics request
From: Doug
Date: 07 Aug 98 - 03:32 PM

I heard part of a song that was said to be "Civil-War era" and the title of which was (I think) "Answer with your eyes." Tried to look it up online in the various song and folk recording databases, but no luck. Can anyone help me out here? Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Title, original artist, and lyrics request
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 98 - 04:26 PM

Hi, Doug - Click here for the song. You almost had it, but the phrase is "answer only with your eyes," and the song is "ARE YOU TIRED OF ME MY DARLING." Follow the links to Musicblvd or CDNOW, and you'll find lots of recordings. The "Original Artist" was probably before the invention of the gramophone, but I think it was a Carter Family standard.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: carter family
From: GUEST,rellik56
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 09:17 PM

Anyone know the lyrics to "Are You Tired Of Me My Darling"


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Subject: RE: carter family
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 10:22 PM

Lyrics are in - * DIGITAL TRADITION DATA BASE *


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Subject: RE: carter family
From: Chris Seymour
Date: 12 Apr 00 - 10:45 PM

Great song, that -- what a test of wavering love: "Answer only with your eyes"! I've often felt that song was ahead of its time -- feels fresh and contemporary, that line at least.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ARE YOU TIRED OF ME, DARLING?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 09:48 PM

There are two copies at The Library of Congress American Memory Collection, with different composers. I will leave it to someone more musically literate than I to determine which tune is closer to the one commonly sung today.

They have different third verses, and some other differences in phrasing.

The 1877 version says "Words by G. P. Cook. Music by Ralph Roland. Sung with great Success by Fred. Walz of Sweatham & Frazer's Minstrels."

Note that in both copies, there is no "my" in the title or refrain.

ARE YOU TIRED OF ME, DARLING?

1. Are you tired of me, darling?
Do you wish the words unsaid,
Words that made me yours forever,
On the day that we were wed?
Tell me! could you live life over,
Would you have it otherwise?
Are you tired of me, darling?
Answer only with your eyes.

CHORUS: Tell me! could you live life over,
Would you have it otherwise?
Say! are you tired of me, darling?
Answer only with your eyes.

2. Do you miss the blooms departed
On the cheek you thought so fair?
Do you think I've grown cold-hearted
'Neath my weight of woman's care?
Life is not made up of sunshine.
Clouds obscure the bluest skies.
Are you tired of me, darling?
Answer only with your eyes.

3. Do you ever rue the springtime
When we first each other met,
When you spoke with warm affection
Words my heart can ne'er forget?
I have lived and loved, my darling.
You have been my only prize.
Are you tired of me, darling?
Answer only with your eyes.

The 1878 version says "Words by P. Gilsey Cook. Music by Fred Kenyon Jones." Lyrics are identical to those above with these exceptions:

Verse 1, Line 4: Ere my girlish beauty fled?
Lines 7-8 of each verse: Are you tired, tired of me, darling?
Answer only, only with your eyes.

CHORUS: Are you tired of me, darling?
Answer only with your eyes.
Are you tired, tired of me, darling?
Answer only, only with your eyes.

3. When life's weary task is ended,
And I leave you here alone,
Will you miss me from the hearthstone?
Will you grieve when I am gone?
Have my heart's best love been wasted?
Naught on earth but thee I prize.
Are you tired [etc.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?
From: RangerSteve
Date: 05 Sep 05 - 10:17 PM

Thanks for digging those words up, Jim. I know the Carter Family version, which has only the first half of each verse. I had no idea there was more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?
From: snarky
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 12:12 AM

the 1877 version is haunting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Tired of Me, My Darling?
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Sep 05 - 12:57 AM

Are You Tired Of Me, My Darling - The Carter Family [audio] is at Honkingduck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Are You Tired of Me Darling/...My Darling
From: GUEST,Bart
Date: 18 Sep 15 - 12:19 PM

What I know is that this song was written in the late 1800's by two men many speculate today may have been gay. The sensitivity and sweetness of the song may be the reason for the controversy. The version by Nanci Griffith w/ Iris DeMent & Emmylou Harris is my personal favorite.


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