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    When I was little, my father and mother would play records, old 78’s and later, LP’s on our record player. This is before television, and most every family had a record player. We had lots of classical records, (my father having been a classical violinist), and just a few jazz or popular records. My mom seemed like she appreciated classical music, but her favorite stuff was what was called “popular” music, including songs like The Tennessee Waltz and this song, High Noon, which was the theme of the great Stanley Kramer western film. The source of our greatest enjoyment was attending the “Vogue” movie theatre in my little town in Colorado on a Saturday afternoon or night, and I have been listening to this melody from that movie in my head for years and needed to put it somewhere. The lyrics still make sense in 2010:

    Do Not forsake me oh my darlin’
    On this our wedding day
    Do not forsake me oh my darlin’
    Wait, wait along
    (sort of like “git-long little doggies”, the cowboy anthem)

    I do no know what fate awaits me
    I only know I must be brave
    And I must face a man who hates me
    Or lie a coward, a craven coward
    Or lie a coward in my grave

    Oh, to be torn ‘twixt love and duty
    ‘Sposin I lose my fair-haired beauty
    Look at that big hand move along, near
    High Noon

    He made a vow while in state’s prison,
    Vowed it would be my life or his’n,
    I’m not afraid of death but, oh
    What will I do if you leave me?

    Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
    You made a promise as a bride
    Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
    Although you’re grievin’, don’t think of leavin’
    Now that I need you by my side...
    Wait along....
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from old friends and relatives - Euro release, released November 5, 2010


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