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ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT? (Roy Turk / Lou Handman) Charles Hart - 1927 Ned Jakobs - 1927 Vaughn Deleath - 1927 Henry Burr - 1927 Edythe & Lou Handman - 1927 The Colonial Club Orch. (vocal: Vaughn Deleath) - 1927 The Carter Family - 1935 Blue Barron & His Orch. (vocal: Bobby Beers & The Blue Notes - - Narration: John McCormick) - 1950 Al Jolson - 1950 Jaye P. Morgan - 1959 Elvis Presley - 1960 Homer & Jethro - 1961 Frank Sinatra - 1962 Helen Shapiro - 1962 The Lettermen - 1964 Pat Boone - 1966 Doris Day - 1967 Donny Osmond - 1974 Jeannie C. Riley - 1977 Merle Haggard - 1977 John Schneider & Jill Michaels - 1983 The New Ink Spots - 1988 Leon Redbone - 1988 The Mavericks - 1999 Anne Murray - 2002 Barry Manilow - 2005 Lorrie Morgan - 2009 Also recorded by: Engelbert Humperdinck; Countdown Singers; André Rieu; Moms & Dads; Vera Lynn; Fausto Papetti; Brian Hyland; Ray Conniff; Helmut Lotti; Dottie West; Max Bygraves; Jaye P. Morgan; Marty Wilde; Ray Conniff; Ray Martin; Bryan Ferry; Pat Kelly; Frank Fontaine; Ian Whitcomb; Connie Francis; Don Gibson; Ken Griffin; Jordanaires; Don Cornell; Foster & Allen; Tiny Tim; Lawrence Welk; Ray Anthony; Sonny James; Billy J. Kramer; Al Martino; Roger Whittaker; Eden Kane; Ray Conniff; Helmut Lotti; Tony Scott ............ and many others. As recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY: Are you lonesome tonight Do you miss me tonight Are you sorry We drifted apart Does your memory stray To a bright summer day When I kissed you And called you sweetheart Do the chairs in your parlour Seem empty and bare Do you gaze at your doorstep And picture me there Is your heart filled with pain Shall I come back again Tell me dear Are you lonesome tonight NARRATION: "I wonder if you're lonesome tonight You know someone said the worlds a stage And each must play a part Fate had me playing in love with you as my sweetheart Act One was when we met, I loved you at first glance You read your lines so cleverly and never missed a cue Then came Act Two You seemed to change, you acted strange And why I've never known Honey, you lied when you said you loved me And I had no cause to doubt you But I'd rather go on hearing your lies Than to go on living without you Now the stage is bare and I'm standing there With emptiness all around And if you won't come back to me Then they can bring the curtain down" Is your heart filled with pain Shall I come back again Tell me dear Are you lonesome tonight NB: The narration did not form part of the original lyrics. It was popularised in the 1950 version by Blue Barron and his Orchestra, spoken by John McCormick. Elvis Presley, who had a liking for song narrations, used it in his famous 1960 recording of the song. ************ Narration as recorded by JOHN McCORMACK with Blue Barron & His Orchestra: I wonder if you're lonesome tonight You know someone said the world's a stage And each must play a part Fate had me play a lover, with you as my sweetheart Act One was where we met, I loved you at first glance You read your lines so cleverly and never missed a cue Then came Act Two And you seemed to change, you acted strange Why I've never known Then came the day you went away And left me all alone Did you lie when you said you loved me I had no cause to doubt you For I'd rather go on hearing your lies Than to go on living without you The stage is bare and I'm standing there In the part of a broken heart And if you won't come back to me Then they can bring the curtain down ************ Parody version as recorded by HOMER & JETHRO: Are you lonesome tonight? If you are, serves you right I'm so happy you left me at last I can still hear you roar, "Make the beds, mop the floor, Do the laundry and then mow the grass" You took me for a boat ride, I had to swim back Darling, I thought I'd never get out of that sack Should you fly back again, park your broom and come in Darling, that's why you're lonesome tonight SPOKEN: JETHRO: Shortspeare once said, "All the world's a stage." It ain't much of a line, but if it's good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for us. Act One FEMALE VOICE: You took me home to meet your folks, and I can still hear your father whispering, "Son, that gal's cross-eyed, knock-kneed, strange-headed, buck-toothed." And all you said was HOMER: Aw, paw, you don't have to whisper. She's deaf, too. JETHRO: Act Two FEMALE: Our engagement lasted ten years 'cause I wouldn't marry you when you was drunk HOMER: Yeah, an' I wouldn't marry you when I was sober JETHRO: Act Three FEMALE: Only romantic thing you ever said to me was that I creeped into your heart, an' I creeped into your brain, creeped into your mind HOMER: No, all I ever said was that you was the biggest creep I'd ever seen JETHRO: Act Four FEMALE: We finally settled down in our little honeymoon cottage an' ever' Friday night, our friends an' neighbours would come over to watch the fight. HOMER: Yeah, and we didn't even have a TV set, but we had a fight ever' Friday. One night I blacked your eyes, broke your nose an' knocked your teeth out. An' you got chicken an' called the cops FEMALE: You told 'em not to believe a word I said 'cause I's punch-drunk So I'll miss you, my pet Every chance that I get Darling, that's why you're lonesome tonight (But I won't be fer long) ************ As recorded by THE CARTER FAMILY: Are you lonesome tonight, do you miss me, I say Are you sorry we drifted apart Does your memories cling to that bright summer day When I kissed you and called you sweetheart Like the rose on the vine I am clinging to you As I did when we drifted apart I am wishing you back to that little shack Where I kissed you and called you sweetheart Does the chair in your parlour seem empty and bare Do you miss me and wish I was there Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again Tell me, darling, are you lonesome tonight Are you lonesome tonight, do you miss me, I say Are you sorry we drifted apart Does your memories cling to that bright summer day When I kissed you and called you sweetheart I have counted the days, I've counted the nights I've counted the months and the years I have counted on you since we've drifted apart Tell me, darling, are you lonesome tonight Are you lonesome tonight, do you miss me, I say Are you sorry we drifted apart Does your memories cling to that bright summer day When I kissed you and called you sweetheart (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - May 2012) ************ Introductory verse as recorded by HENRY BURR, VERA LYNN and others: Tonight I'm downhearted For though we have parted I love you and I always will And while I'm so lonely I'm writing you only To see if you care for me still (Transcribed by Peter Akers - May 2011) ************

    


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