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Tennessee Waltz  Leonard Cohen

        I was [D]dancin' with my darlin to the [D7]Tennessee [G]Waltz
        When an [D]old friend I [Bm]happened to [E]see. [A]
        I intro[D]duced him to my darlin' and [D7]while they were [G]dancin'
        my [D]friend stole my [G]sweet[D]heart [A]from [D]me.
        I [D]remember the [D7]night and the [G]Tennessee [D]Waltz
        'cause I know just how [Bm]much I have [E]lost [A]
        Yes I [D]lost my little darlin' the [D7]night they were [G]playin'
        That [D]beautiful [G]Ten[D]nes[A]see [D]Waltz

(solo, same as a verse)
(CHORUS 1) or CHORUS 1 alone again

        Now I [D]wonder how a dance like the [D7]Tennessee [G]Waltze
        Could have [D]broken my [Bm]heart so com[E]plete[A]
        Well I [D]couldn't blame my darlin', and [D7]who could help [G]fallin'
        In [D]love with my [G]dar[D]lin' [A]so [D]sweet

        Well it [D]must be the [D7]fault of the [G]Tennessee [D]Waltz
        Wish I'd known just how [Bm]much it would [E]cost  [A]
        But I [D]didn't see it commin', it's all [D7]over but the [G]cryin'
        Blame it [D]all on the [G]Ten[D]nes[A]see [D]Waltz

(solo, same as a verse)

New second verse written by Cohen: lyric source was Dean Engelhardts
Smugged Air.

        She goes [D]dancin' with the darkness to the [D7]Tennessee [G]Waltz
        and I [D]feel like I'm [Bm]falling a[E]part   [A]
        and it's [D]stronger than drink and it's [D7]deeper than [G]sorrow
        this [D]darkness she [G]left [D]in [A]my [D]heart

I remember the night ... (CHORUS 1)

That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

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From: (John Lupton)

Written and originally performed by Pee Wee King (and His Golden West Cowboys)
back in the 40s. Patti Page had a monster pop hit with it in the 50s, it's
been done by dozens of people since in forms from bluegrass to country to pop
to folk to...well, whatever. I'll even admit to having a version by Anne
Murray that's done very nicely.

>A good time to mention Jesse Winchester's "Brand New Tennessee Waltz." Just
>an aside.

The Nashville Bluegrass Band does a sterling version of this on one of their
albums...either "Nashville Bluegrass Band" or "Idle Time", I forget which.


From: (Jon Weisberger)

Actually, the songwriting credit is to Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart,
who was the vocalist in his band, according to Bill C. Malone's
_Country Music U.S.A._

My favorite recording, FWIW, is that made by one of our century's great
folk artists, Earl Taylor, on his "Body And Soul" album on Vetco.


From: (Yon Bonnie Laird of Cairn Robbing)

My favorite version would be the live recording of Patsy Cline. Sounds
like it was done at the Opry or some such live show. I heartily recommend
the box set, BTW.

jeff weiss, college park (md)

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