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Lyr Add: Old Fashioned Love (Mack, Johnson)

Jim Dixon 16 Jan 05 - 05:26 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD FASHIONED LOVE (Mack, Johnson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jan 05 - 05:26 PM

I spent some time while Mudcat was down finding, transcribing, and researching songs I like. Here's one that I always thought of as a Western swing tune, but was surprised to find it has a long and distinguished history in the jazz genre. Furthermore, it has a little-known verse!

(Words, Cecil Mack. Music, James P. Johnson, 1923.)

VERSE: Most folks now'days
Say old-fashioned ways
Should give place to things that are new,
But somehow I hold
To things that are old.
Perhaps it's an old-fashioned view.
I love my old books,
The corners and nooks
Of my old home and the old friends,
Old memories, too,
One love that is true,
Lasting all through life until it ends.

CHORUS: I've got that old-fashioned love in my heart,
And there it shall always remain.
My love is like the ivy vine,
Cling a little closer all the time,
Through the years, joys and tears just the same.
I've got that old-fashioned faith in my heart.
No changes can tear it apart.
If all the dry land changed to sea,
It would never make any change in me.
I've got that old-fashioned love in my heart.

Here's the catalog entry from Indiana University Sheet Music Collections:

Composer: Mack, Cecil
Composer: Johnson, Jimmy
Lyricist: Mack, Cecil
Lyricist: Johnson, Jimmy
Publisher: Harms, Inc.
Place of publication: New York
Date of publication: 1923
Call Number: M1 .D48 Box: 183 Item: 015
Performance Medium: Piano and Voice (with lyrics)
Larger Work: Runnin' wild
First Line: Most folks now'a days say old fashioned ways
Chorus First Line: I've got that old fashioned love, in my heart,
Genre: Musical reviews and comedies
Subject term: Negro

The Red Hot Jazz Archive has several recordings:
Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", ukulele, vocal, and scat singing, 1923.
The Georgians, orchestra only, no vocal, 1923.
Clarence Williams' Blue Five, orchestra only, no vocal, 1923.
Alberta Hunter, vocal with chorus, 1924.
Sissle and Blake, piano and vocal, 1924.
Cliff Edwards and the Eton Boys, vocal and scat singing, 1934.
Mezz Mezzrow and his Orchestra, no vocal, 1934.
James P. Johnson, piano only, no vocal, 1944.

In the "country" genre, OLD FASHIONED LOVE has been recorded by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel, Suzy Bogguss, Willie Nelson, and others.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Old Fashioned Love (Mack, Johnson)
Date: 19 Nov 12 - 02:32 PM

Thank you so much for the lyrics and the interesting historical information!

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