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FORGIVE ME (Jack Yellen / Milton Ager (m & l) ) As sung by Gene Austin 1927 What can I do or say to you I know exactly how you feel I've hurt you so, I'm wrong I know Please listen dear to my appeal. Forgive me, please forgive me I didn't mean to make you cry I love you, and I need you Do anything but don't say goodbye. Let bygones, just be bygones For we all make mistakes now and then I'm sorry, forgive me my dear And let's be sweethearts again. (bridge) Let bygones, just be bygones For we all make mistakes now and then I'm sorry, forgive me my dear And let's be sweethearts again. Notes: Gene Austin, an American, was a popular singer, composer and songwriter of the 1920s and 30s. Despite never having learned to read music, he wrote over 100 songs, some of which have become standards. His first hit song WHEN MY SUGAR WALKS DOWN THE STREET, he co-wrote with Jimmy McHugh and Irving Mills. Austin, with his tenor voice, was one of the original crooners. Many of his songs, were released for hand cranked phonographs and played on early radio. With RCA Victor records, he sold over 86 million copies which was a startling number for those days. His rendition of MY BLUE HEAVEN in 1927 sold over 12 million copies alone. ******************************** FORGIVE ME (Jack Yellen / Milton Ager (m & l) ) As sung by Eddie Fisher 1952 (with the Hugo Winterhalder Orchestra) Forgive me, please forgive me I didn't mean to make you cry I love you, and I need you Do anything but don't say goodbye. Let bygones, just be bygones We all make mistakes now and then I'm sorry, forgive me my dear And let's be sweethearts again. (bridge) [Chorus] I love you and I need you Do anything but don't say goodbye Let bygones just be bygones We all make mistakes now and then I'm sorry forgive me my dear And let's be sweethearts again. Notes: Jack Yellen, one of the co-composers, was a Polish born lyricist. He wrote over 200 songs, most notably HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN and AIN'T SHE SWEET. Milton Ager, as the co-composer here, was Chicago USA born and was involved in a number of Broadway musicals. He frequently collaborated with his partner Yellen. They wrote many songs, but Ager's biggest hits were perhaps I'M NOBODY'S BABY from 1920 and SOME DAY WE'LL MEET AGAIN from 1932. Eddie Fisher, the American crooner and heartthrob hailing from Pennsylvania USA, is inextricably and historically linked to his stormy marriages with his 3 (of 5) famous wives, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. Some feel he was the most famous pop singles artist of the early 1950s and his strong tenor voice and good looks combined with his choice of material was captivating for many of that period. Two of his more notable offerings were I'M WALKING BEHIND YOU and WISH YOU WERE HERE. [ Forgive Me ] was released in 1952 as the 'A' side of a 7 inch 45 rpm single. The 'B' side was THAT'S THE CHANCE YOU TAKE (Transcribed by David Story May 2014)

    


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