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GUEST,Mike Jensen 02 Dec 03 - 04:47 PM
GUEST,mike jensen 02 Dec 03 - 10:05 PM
SINSULL 03 Dec 03 - 01:44 PM
JohnInKansas 03 Dec 03 - 05:48 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 03 Dec 03 - 09:27 PM
GUEST 04 Dec 03 - 12:48 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 04 Dec 03 - 01:30 PM
SINSULL 04 Dec 03 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,mike jensen 04 Dec 03 - 08:44 PM
GUEST,Mike Jensen 07 Dec 03 - 12:31 PM
Marion in Cornwall 08 Dec 03 - 03:41 AM
GUEST,Kelly Hatrick 13 Jun 10 - 09:27 PM
Joe Offer 13 Jun 10 - 09:45 PM
GUEST,Peter Laban 14 Jun 10 - 05:56 AM
GUEST,Gary Hatrick - Kelly's brother 08 Jan 11 - 12:47 AM
Joe Offer 08 Jan 11 - 01:47 AM
GUEST 17 Jan 11 - 08:47 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 18 Jan 11 - 03:04 AM
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GUEST,Vonnie 17 Mar 11 - 12:05 AM
GUEST,Vonnie Beacham 17 Mar 11 - 12:30 AM
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GUEST,Laura Lee 12 Apr 12 - 01:36 AM
Joe Offer 12 Apr 12 - 03:39 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 12 Apr 12 - 06:46 AM
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Subject: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: GUEST,Mike Jensen
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 04:47 PM

Hello:

I learned from my sisters only the melody and remember some lyrics to a song that Jenifer Cutting at the Library of Congress Folklife Center said was a composed, not a traditional song. My sisters only recall after so many years the same lyrics I do. I'm creating my debut CD of solo piano and need very badly need to finally, after many many hours of internet search and after singing it to Jenifer and Dr. Bill McNeal at the Folk Arts Center in Mountainview Arkansas, find it as I must really know if it is Public Domain or not. No one has had any luck so far; and now I'm ready to send my material to the duplicators yet I am held up until I really know the composer. Also for myself it would be nice to have all the lyrics and finally for the first time in my life know the name of this basically long lost song. The only lyrics I know for sure are just a few, yet I've always known the entire simple melody and played it on piano and harmonica over the years.

I will include the piano notes in parenthesis after each word I remember. It's simple and in the key of C basically.

"don't(E) you(F) sigh(G), don't(E) you(F) cry(G) don't(E) you(F) lie(G) awake(A,G) at(F) night(E) yes(D) my(E) dear(F) old(D) Laura(C,B) Lee(C)

without the notes... "don't you sigh, don't you cry, don't you lie awake at night, yes my dear old Laura Lee".

Any help would be very greatly appreciated. It's not Stephen Foster's "Laura Lee", it's not "Aura Lee", nor is it the song from 1915 about love at orange blossom time. I've also not had much luck with "Loralei" either. I very much look forward to hearing any clues from anyone.

Most Sincerely
Mike Jensen


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Subject: 1890's folk song mystery help!
From: GUEST,mike jensen
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 10:05 PM

Anyone know this song's title and composer etc. It's been an impossible riddle, a song hardly remembered from childhood.

   E    F   G    E    F   G   E    F   G   A G   F   E    D
Don't you sigh don't you cry don't you lie awake at night yes

E   F   D   C B   C
my dear old Laura Lee. (There might be a different name than Laura

Lee, maybe Loralei. It's not Laura Lee by Stephen Foster, or Aura Lee, or the song of love at orange blossom time from 1915. I've searched everywhere with no luck. Any help would be much appreciated!!!!


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Subject: RE: 1890's folk song mystery help!
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 01:44 PM

Sorry, Mike. I don't recognize it and I am far from my books. Someone will know. They always do.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 05:48 PM

I find the same "wrong ones" you've listed, with the search info given. There are a couple of "minstrel lullabies" with partial similar lyrics, but none with anything close to the the tune indicated.

Your melody is not particularly distinctive - for the "implied era." Perhaps another song with a "close enough" melody could be cited, just to cover; although I can't think of a specific one to suggest.

John


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:27 PM

You guys are probably going to hate me for this, but... I remember Wayne Newton had a hit with this song back in the 60's. I don't know who composed it, or if it's genuine old or fake old, but try digging through WN's golden oldies -


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 12:48 AM

Dear Bonnie and also John:

Wow! After so much searching and contacts with Library of Congress and musicologists and Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore... and to think Wayne Newton might have sang it! I have literally laughed out loud in this empty room! I find that on his 1963 album "Danke Schoen/Red Roses For A Blue Lady" that there is a song "Laura Lee", but I've tried his fan site and many others just for the lyrics and it's impossible. I went to Harry Fox Agency site and they have it listed as "Laura Lee" written by L. Sullivan and F. Wood. Also through the grapevine I found a person with the name Laura Lee who was joking about all the Laura Lee's that she is not and she mentions Wayne Newton singing it, and Eddy Arnold, and some Rick and Lance (singers?) So I went to Eddy Arnold site and found a link to his discography where they show it recorded January 13, 1965 with RCA. Again I can't find lyrics. I suppose I could buy a Wayne Newton or Eddy Arnold album, but spare me! I also went the route of finding albums for sale and listening to the samples without luck too. So I'm not sure if it is the song I'm looking for; but my sisters might have somehow heard someone playing an album of Wayne Newton or Eddy Arnold when we were children and it somehow was sung just long enough I picked up on fragments, played just the melody on harmonica, then eventually on piano where I re-arranged it quite a bit. If anyone has any more advice on how to find the lyrics I'd appreciate it. I might just buy the album if I really have to. Thanks to you all for your willingness to help me, an unknown. I'll keep returning here to see what pops up. It's very important to me to find out and finally pay Harry Fox agency, or hopefully it's Public Domain as I'm low in $ as it is and I will be already paying $279 for two other songs on my upcoming album that I'm paying a CD manfacturer to duplicate. I look forward to hearing from anyone!
Most Sincerely,
Mike Jensen


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 01:30 PM

Hi Mike - The only other thing I can remember - if it helps any - is another little snatch of the lyrics in a later verse where he sings:

Maybe we
May be three
Maybe see a family grow

An even darker admission: I actually sort of LIKED the Newton version. It was tender and ballad-y rather than Vegas-poppy (that came later) so maybe it wouldn't be as painful as it sounds. Anyway, good luck! Keep us posted -

All the best, Bonnie


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 01:55 PM

It's OK Bonnie. Uncle Spaw is getting a nice room ready for you at the NYCFTTS. We've dealt with Wayne Newton Syndrome before.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: GUEST,mike jensen
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 08:44 PM

Dear Bonnie and anyone who might know...
Again, your memory is amazing! I tried to post a major letter this afternoon and for some reason the system kept sending me some error message. After many attempts to "submit message" it all failed. I find that it is not posted here and forever lost. I'm so uncertain whether or not this will be actually submitted, that I best not note as much as I had earlier. I went through a long search locally today for "Laura Lee" and the Wayne Newton album today. I went to our Public Library, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and then finally a box of albums stored in a mountain of junk in our old tractor shed. After all the hunting for vinyl albums and cassettes, I found the album "Red Roses For A Blue Lady", Capitol Records T2335, in our shed! My mother didn't really like Wayne Newton as I remembered, but the 1963 album was there!! We have an old turn table; so I put it on and sure enough it was the song I played on the CD I homerecorded. I had not heard it since I was a child; so it was strange to sense how it evolved in my mind and in my sisters'. It is song #3 Side One. Even my older brother, who at that point in time (1963) only came home to visit briefly; started singing it two years ago with the same few lyrics I had recalled.. I remember him humming the rest. He might have heard me playing it on the piano several hours before. Again, I best make this short in fear of losing again this whole letter somehow. "Laura Lee", was written by L. Sullivan and F. Wood. There was no info on it on the album cover or even on the inner jacket. I still want to know what year it was written before I spend what will be another $139.50 for a mechanical license (grand total might be $420). Harry Fox doesn't post the year it was written when I looked it up there, also the same with another song that I know came from Medieval times.... If you have any further leads let me know. The first two lines:

"Seems a long long time ago we met are you waitin' pretty Laura Lee? Seems a long long road I've gotta travel yet are you waitin' just for me? Don't you sigh, don't you cry, don't you lie awake in fright..."

I just looked at www.sjvls.org or the San Joaquin, UCLA, Johns Hopkins joint song index (145,000 songs) with no luck.... Yes, Wayne Newton did sing it apart from the Vegas influence (even starts with a bagpipe) and it was more down to earth in a folk song sort of way yet the tempo was too fast (a bit of Vegas influence creeping in ha). I think the snare drum march cadence in the background must have led me to think (originally and recalling it years later) that it was a Civil War era song. Let me know of any leads on how to find the lyrics and when it was written. I've tried without luck.
Most Sincerely,
Mike Jensen


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: GUEST,Mike Jensen
Date: 07 Dec 03 - 12:31 PM

Hello:

I'm just putting this at the top as I didn't know how to contact anybody else and wondered if any could see my message before this one as I'm looking for lyrics and maybe sheet music to "Laura Lee" by Liam Sullivan and Forrest Wood, and/or any other input.

You all certainly have been helpful!
Thanks!!
Mike Jensen


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: Marion in Cornwall
Date: 08 Dec 03 - 03:41 AM

According to the link below it was used in the film Major Dundee back in 1965. Can't find anything else though.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/MajorDundee-1060656/about.php

Regards
Marion


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost
From: GUEST,Kelly Hatrick
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 09:27 PM

I have this on 45 rpm by Eddy Arnold.I was hoping I wouldn't have to go out to storage and get it,to refresh my memory of the lyrics.I know alot of them,but not complete.I don't think you will find this on any album,just like another song of his "calling mary names" I believe these were radio demos.once I get to storage,I will post the lyrics


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 09:45 PM

Hi, Kelly-
Yes, please post the lyrics here if you find them.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 05:56 AM

I may be off completely but did anyone ever tried looking for 'Nora Lee' ? I have heard Nora Lee sung many times.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Gary Hatrick - Kelly's brother
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 12:47 AM

I remember the lyrics if some one is still looking for them. I'll check back here in a couple days.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 01:47 AM

Please do, Gary.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 11 - 08:47 PM

seems a long long time ago we met
are you waitin' pretty laura lee
there's a long long way that i've got to travel yet
are you waitin' just for me.

don't you sigh
don't you cry
don't you lie awake and fret

want you here
want you dear
want you near me don't forget

don't you know
don't it show
don't you go and get upset

cause i love my laura lee.



THERE ARE TWO MORE VERSES THAT I REMEMBER IF ANYONE'W INTERESTED. I REALIZE THAT I AM FAR BEHIND THE ORIGINAL COMMENTS.

I'LL CHECK BACK LATER.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 03:04 AM

Maybe we
May be three
Maybe see a family grow

... and possibly something about

Don't you lie awake too long

?? Not sure if that last line is a real memory or something mind mind just conjured up!


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 11 - 12:51 PM

The song is really beautiful and is worth learning. I just started playing guitar and would love to learn the chords to it.which is the reason I came to find this site in the first place/Confirmed I have the album on vinyl and it is 3rd cut on the Red roses for a blue lady album.   John


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Vonnie
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 12:05 AM

I also remember it from Wayne Newton. I had it on cassette until a flood destroyed all of my music. I have tried to find it again for years. His version began this way (right now I can't remember the rest, but there is more):

Seems a long long time ago we met,
Are you waiting pretty Laura Lee?

Seems a long long road I've gotta travel yet,
Are you waiting just for me?

Don't you sigh, don't you cry, don't you lie awake and fret,
Want you dear, want you here, want you near me don't forget,
Don't you know, don't it show, don't you go and get upset,
For I love my Laura Lee.


If you have any luck, please let me know I would really love to get it again!


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Vonnie Beacham
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 12:30 AM

Okay, found a site that has the song listed to purchase lyrics. It does not give the author and I don't know the cost, but the site is:   

http://www.tunewiki.com/lyrics/wayne-newton-71997.aspx

I found it in the CD case looking thing named: Danke Scheon/Red Roses for a Blue Lady

To find that one you have to click on the red letters that say: "Show All Songs...". The song is listed in that group. To the right is a button to click for "Buy".

Good luck!

Now, I will dig some more for an actual copy of the music since my talent lies with turning the radio, CD player, etc on and off!

And, since I have never heard anyone else sing it I can't compare, but Wayne Newton did a wonderful job with the song!

Vonnie


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Vonnie Beacham
Date: 17 Mar 11 - 12:46 AM

Sorry to post so much, but found another site where you can actually hear part of the song:

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/5513250/a/Danke+Scheon%2FRed+Roses+For+A+Blue+Lady.htm

Wow, he was really young when he sang it!

For some you can buy lyrics separate, but Laura Lee isn't one of them. Looks like you would have to buy the whole CD (and it actually looks like it may be three CDs combined).

Have fun!


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Laura Lee
Date: 12 Apr 12 - 01:36 AM

I have been looking for the song Laura Lee by Wayne Newton, also with no luck. My mother says she named me from that song. I was born in 1966. My parents took me to a Wanye Newton show in Vegas for my 13th birthday. My mom asked him to sing the song but he said his band didn't know the music so he sang a different song to me. Any way, I would love to hear this song!


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Apr 12 - 03:39 AM

Well, sometimes I'll buy a CD just to transcribe a song from it, but I can't bring myself to do it for a Wayne Newton recording. The song is not available on MP3, as far as I can tell, but it IS available on CD - Danke Schoen/Red Roses For a Blue Lady. There's a sample of the song at that link. If you listen to it, maybe you'll understand why I'm not going to buy the album. But Laura Lee at 1:36 AM, you should really buy the album and then post the lyrics for us here. If you move fast, you can get the album used for $5.51.
Here's what I glean from the song sample:
    Keep a long, long way, away from other men
    Keep a-waitin' just for me
    Don't you stray, don't you play,
    Don't betray me while I'm gone.
    If you do, if you're through,
    If you've truly wandered on.....
So I don't think this is the song Mike Jensen requested in the first message.

-Joe, who can't find it in his heart to like Wayne Newton's music-


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 12 Apr 12 - 06:46 AM

According to Mike's posts above in December 03, I think it is the same song, Joe. Mike says above that he managed to track down an old vinyl copy in their tractor shed, so he's heard it. Also, the lines he quotes* are from the Newton track, which is rather folky and not too Las-Vegas-y. And the lines you've cited are in there too. (Well, they do sound better when they're sung, and the bagpipe helps...)

Bonnie, who has courageously outed herself as liking WN's version of a song

> After all the hunting for vinyl albums and cassettes, I found the album "Red Roses For A Blue Lady", Capitol Records T2335, in our shed! My mother didn't really like Wayne Newton as I remembered, but the 1963 album was there!! We have an old turn table; so I put it on and sure enough it was the song

*
Seems a long long time ago we met are you waitin' pretty Laura Lee?
Seems a long long road I've gotta travel yet are you waitin' just for me?
Don't you sigh, don't you cry, don't you lie awake..."


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 12 - 06:29 PM

You can find the song on YouTube. I've had that song in my head since WN sang it on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1966. Like finding a long lost friend.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 May 12 - 06:52 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-45A_utXD2I

Have fun, Here it is by Wayne himself.


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 21 May 12 - 07:49 PM

What a great trip down memory lane, thanks Sins. I even clicked on Like, hee hee hee. (Bastard can sing higher than I can.)

Also loved the pix of the old '45s. (Anybody seen that now-you're-showing-your-age questionnaire thingy in [?]Facebook where they put up a photo of one of those disc-fittings you could pop into the hole in the centre of the record so it would fit onto a narrow spindle; and then they ask if you know what it is - wonder how many of today's kids could identify it?)


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Subject: RE: composed victorian parlor type song lost-Laura Lee
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Nov 12 - 09:13 AM

OK, Forrest L Wood created the first Bass Boat.

From the Santa Cruz Public Library (http://sheetmusic.santacruzpl.org/search/work?id=16509)

Laura Lee

©1964

By Forrest Wood and Liam Sullivan.

Original 666 Popular Fake Song Book, v. 1
1960
R M784.8 Or4
Instrument:        Guitar
Show title:        Major Dundee
First line:        "Seems a long, long time ago we met,"
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Subject: Lyr Add: LAURA LEE (from Wayne Newton)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Dec 12 - 07:46 PM

Laura Lee

Seems a long, long time ago we met,
Are you waiting pretty Laura Lee?
Seems a long, long road I've gotta travel yet,
Are you waiting just for me?
Don't you sigh, don't you cry,
don't you lie awake and fret,
Want you dear, want you here,
want you near me don't forget,
Don't you know, don't it show,
don't you go and get upset,
For I love my Laura Lee.

Take a long, long time to count to ten
while you're waiting pretty Laura Lee
Keep a long, long way away from all the men
Keep awaitin' just for me.

Don't you stray
Don't you play
Don't betray me while I'm gone
If you do, if you're through
If you truly wander long
I would sigh, I would cry
I would lie awake 'till dawn
For I love my Laura Lee

There's a long, long happy life ahead,
If you're waiting, pretty Laura Lee
We'll be long, long after wedding bells are said
If you're waitin' just for me.

Not a tear, Not a fear
Not a dreary day we'll know
Maybe we, maybe three
Maybe see a family grow
Let me share, let me care
Let me swear I'll always show
How I love my Laura Lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Laura Lee (from Wayne Newton)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 11:46 AM

Sinsull, thank you for the YouTube link. That is a beautiful melody, and I believe I'll add it to my dulcimer repertoire.

Joe, can Wayne Newton be so bad now that we've heard Rod Stewart? Think it over.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Laura Lee (from Wayne Newton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 01:37 PM

From Billboard, August 14, 1965, page 28:
Also receiving strong plugging is "Laura Lee" a title from the Columbia film "Major Dundee." T. M. Music arranged with both RCA and Capitol to have singles on the title released by Eddy Arnold and Wayne Newton.
"Major Dundee" (directed by Sam Peckinpah, 1965) was a western set during the Civil War, which probably gave rise to the idea that the song dated from that era.

IMDb.com says that the song LAURA LEE, from the film "Major Dundee" was written by Liam Sullivan and Forrest Wood.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Laura Lee (from Wayne Newton)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 31 Dec 12 - 03:48 PM

Thanks for the info, Jim. That explains a lot about the song.

I've made a MIDI of the melody. It was relatively easy, although it's a challenge to notate the melody without accidentally learning the maudlin lyrics. The song is in 4/4 time, and Newton sings it in the key of B flat. I love the way it plunges to low G (the sixth) near the beginning. It sounds so Scottish!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Laura Lee (from Wayne Newton)
From: GUEST,Roger Melin
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 07:33 PM

Hi - The YouTube video is mine. My upload, that is. This song has intrigued me since 1966 when it was released, and I'm not a WN fan. The song is obviously a war song, but I'm afraid I don't know its history. In fact, trying to learn its history is what led me to this thread. I've spent over 45 years trying to learn more about it, and I've never found any other recording of it (including an Eddy Arnold version).


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Subject: Song: Laura Lee
From: GUEST,Thom L Jones
Date: 05 Aug 13 - 10:27 PM

Auguts 05, 2012

In the 1965 movie "Major Dundee" staring Charlton Heston and Richard Harris, actor Brock Peters sings the first verse of the song "Laura Lee."

The movie was set at the end of the Civil War in the Southwest along the Mexico boarder. The song had the feeling of being from the Civil War period.

Peters' version of "Laura Lee" was beautiful. I wish I had a copy of Brock Peters' version.

I hope I have something new to this thread.


Thom L Jones


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