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Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Warsaw Ed
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 01:21 AM

Anyone know where to find the lyrics to Chloe, Song of the Swamp?
Lyrics by Gus Kahn, Music by Neil Moret, 1927.   Can't fing the original text.   [Spike Jones did a comic version]. Thanks. Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: 12-stringer
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 01:51 AM

Here's a set of them, rhe straight ones plus the Spike Jones take:

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/c/chloe.shtml


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Subject: ADDPOP: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 02:35 AM

Here are the lyrics from the Website Peace linked to:

CHLOE - aka CHLOE (SONG OF THE SWAMP)
(Gus Kahn / Neil Moret)

Paul Whiteman & His Orch. (vocal: Austin Young) - 1928
Fats Waller - 1928
Benny Goodman & His Orch. - 1937
Duke Ellington & His Orch. - 1940
John Kirby & His Orch. - 1940
Spike Jones & His City Slickers (vocal: Red Ingle) - (featured in
the film "Bring On The Girls) - 1945
Tommy Dorsey & His Orch. - 1945
Louis Armstrong - 1953
The Everly Brothers - 1961


Also recorded by: Adelaide Hall; Dinah Shore;
Henry "Red" Allen; Hal McIntyre; Daniel Block;
American Jazz Orch.; Mickey Baker; Eddie Bert;
Nat Adderley; Bessie Brown; Sonny Thompson;
Valaida Snow; Fred Waring: ....... and others.


Chloe! Chloe!

Someone's calling, no reply
Nightshade's falling, hear him sigh

Chloe! Chloe!

Empty spaces in his eyes
Empty arms outstretched, he's crying

Through the black of night
I've got to go where you are
If it's dark or bright
I've got to go where you are

I'll go through the dismal swampland
Searching for you
For if you are lost there
Let me be there, too

Through the smoke and flame
I've got to go where you are
For no ways can be too far
Where you are

Ain' no chains can bind you
If you live, I'll find you
Love is calling me
I've got to go where you are


*****


As recorded by Spike Jones & His City Slickers:


Chloe! Chloe!
Someone's callin'

(Rrrrring-rrrring, rrrring-rrrring)
Hello. You don't say. Hm, Hm You don't say
You don't say. (Who was it?)
He didn't say.

No reply.
Night shades fallin' (kerrrash)
Hear him sigh (Hhhhhh!)

Chloe! Where are ya yo'old bat!
Empty faces meet his eyes
Empty arms outstretched, he's cryin'

Through the black of night, I've got to go where you are
(Whether it's near or whether it's far
I wanna be thar wherever you are)
If it's wrong or right, I got to go where you are
(Hello Chloe, what do ya knowy
I just got back from a vaudeville showy)
I roamed through the dismal swamplands
Searching for you
For it's you I lost there, let me be there too
(Three, four, Halt)
And through that smoke and flame
I've got to go where you are
(Thunder and lightning, shower and snow,
When I get the call, I gotta go)
For no place can be too far, where you are,
Ain't no chains can bind you
And if you live, I'll find you
Love is callin' me, I got to go where you are

(Sort of Orchestral Break)

Aiiiiin't no chains can bind you,
And, and if you live, ha ha, I'm gonna find you my pretty baby
(POP)
Love is callin' me,

Rrrring-rrrring
Hello, you don't say, you don't say.
(Who was it?)
Same Guy!

I've got to go where you are.


(Contributed by Bill Huntley - January 2005)
Anybody know of a serious recording of this song? Is the Louis Armstrong "Chloe" this song? -Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 02:20 PM

The very theatrical Paul Whiteman 1928 Victor recording is available on Red Hot Jazz:
http://www.redhotjazz.com/pwo.html
Chloe Whiteman

A serious rendition by velvet-voiced blues singer Bessie Brown (1928) also at Red Hot Jazz:
http://www.redhotjazz.com/bessiebrown.html
Chloe Brown

I recall a version by a baritone, but the name escapes me, if I ever did know it. As a child I was fascinated by the song and (I think) drove my parents crazy when I would try to sing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 08:51 PM

From my younger days,I can remember that this was a popular song among The Old Folks... such as my grandfather.

It's the sort of song that was known as a 'belter'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Aug 06 - 09:23 PM

Foolstroupe, I am not your grandfather!

Yes, it was a 'belter'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Warsaw Ed
Date: 05 Aug 06 - 12:51 AM

Many thanks to all. Mudcat comes through quickly once again!! Ed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Aug 06 - 01:32 AM

Indiana University Sheet Music Collections has 3 copies of the sheet music—but not online. Here's the description of one of them (note the hyphen in the title).

Title: Chlo-e
Title: Song of the swamp
Composer: Moret, Neil
Lyricist: Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941
Performer: Mac Sattley
Publisher: Villa Moret Inc.
Place of publication: San Francisco
Date of publication: 1927
Call Number: M1 .D48 Box: 026 Item: 016
Performance Medium: Piano, Voice and Chords
First Line: Chlo-e! Chlo-e! someone callin', no reply,
Chorus First Line: Through the black of night, I got to go where you are

The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project lists 40 or more recordings of CHLOE (or CHLO-E)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 13 - 03:03 PM

I have the sheet music in pristine condition with a photo of Lucille Benstead and a swamp on the cover. Lyric by Gus Kahn and music by Neil Moret. This is a souvenir edition from 1927. Are you interested in purchasing it?


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