Tennessee Waltz

Leonard Cohen

 DD7G
        I was dancin' with my darlin to the Tennessee Waltz
 DBmEA
        When an old friend I happened to see.  
 DD7G
        I introduced him to my darlin' and while they were dancin'
 DGDAD
        my friend stole my sweetheart from me.

(CHORUS 1)
 DD7GD
        I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
 BmEA
        'cause I know just how much I have lost  
 DD7G
        Yes I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
 DGDAD
        That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

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

(VERSE 2)
 DD7G
        Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltze
 DBmEA
        Could have broken my heart so complete 
 DD7G
        Well I couldn't blame my darlin', and who could help fallin'
 DGDAD
        In love with my darlin' so sweet

(CHORUS 2)
 DD7GD
        Well it must be the fault of the Tennessee Waltz
 BmEA
        Wish I'd known just how much it would cost   
 DD7G
        But I didn't see it commin', it's all over but the cryin'
 DGDAD
        Blame it all on the Tennessee Waltz

(solo, same as a verse)
(CHORUS 2)

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

 DD7G
        She goes dancin' with the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
 DBmEA
        and I feel like I'm falling apart    
 DD7G
        and it's stronger than drink and it's deeper than sorrow
 DGDAD
        this darkness she left in my heart

I remember the night ... (CHORUS 1)

That beautiful Tennessee Waltz

i thank for the additional information i got from rec.music.folk:

From: jlupton@sas.upenn.edu (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.

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From: jondw@ix.netcom.com (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.

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From: spinoza@next06wor.wam.umd.edu (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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