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SEPTEMBER SONG From the Broadway Show "Knickerbocker Holiday" (1938) (Music: Kurt Weill / Lyrics: Maxwell Anderson) Walter Huston (Broadway Production) - 1938 Bing Crosby - 1943 Charles Coburn (feat. in the film "Knickerbocker Holiday") - 1944 Frank Sinatra - 1946 (Re-recorded 1961 & 1965) The Dardanelle Trio - 1946 Delta Rhythm Boys - 1949 Jo Stafford - 1950 Tony Martin - 1950 George Melachrino Strings (Instr.) - 1950 Stan Kenton & His Orch. - 1951 Liberace (Instr.) - 1952 Sarah Vaughan - 1954 Billy Eckstine - 1955 Sammy Davis Jr. - 1955 Johnny Hartman - 1955 The Deep River Boys - 1955 Eartha Kitt - 1957 Lotte lenya - 1957 Eydie Gorme - 1958 Ted Heath & His Music (Instr.) - 1959 Ella Fitzgerald - 1960 Maurice Chevalier (feat. in the film "Pepe") - 1960 Dion & The Belmonts - 1960 The Platters - 1962 Nat King Cole - 1962 Jimmy Durante - 1963 Georgia Brown - 1963 Andy Williams - 1964 The Impressions - 1964 Roy Clark - 1969 Willie Nelson - 1978 Lou Reed - 1985 Jeff Lynne - 1990 Rosemary Clooney - 1991 Elaine Paige - 1993 Peter, Paul & Mary - 1996 Patricia Kaas - 2009 Also recorded by: James Brown; Lionel Hampton; Anjelica Huston; Tony Bennett; Mantovani & His Orch.; Artie Shaw; Sammy Kaye; Vic Damone; The Flamingos; Billy Daniels; Red Norvo Trio; George Shearing; Gordon MacRae; Matt Monro; Mel Tormé; Marian McPartland; Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orch.; Mario Lanza; June Christy; The Mills Brothers; Harry James; James Brown; Karin Schmidt; Lorne Green; Erroll Garner; Al Hirt; Lenny Dee; Lesley Garrett; Modern Folk Quartet; Ben Webster; Betty Roche; Anne Shelton; Lindsey Buckingham; Jerry Butler; George Sanders; Art Tatum; Eddie Bracken; Sidney Bechet; Dave Brubeck Trio; Dean Martin; Ray Conniff; Tex Ritter; Eddy Duchin; Jan Peerce; Gracie Fields; Red Nichols; Ezio Pinza ......... and many, many others. As originally recorded by WALTER HUSTON: When I was a young man courting the girls I played me a waiting game If a maid refused me with tossing curls I'd let the old Earth take a couple of whirls While I plied her with tears in place of pearls And as time came around she came my way As time came around she came But it's a long, long while from May to December And the days grow short when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame And I haven't got time for waiting game And the wine dwindles down to a precious brew September, November, And these few vintage years I'd share with you Those vintage years I'd share with you But it's a long, long while from May to December And the days grow short when you reach September And I have lost one tooth and i walk a little lame And I haven't got time for waiting game And the days turn to gold as they grow few September, November And these few golden days I'd spend with you These golden days I'd spend with you When you meet with the young men early in Spring They court you in song and rhyme They woo you with words and a clover ring But if you examine the goods they bring They have little to offer, but the songs they sing And a plentiful waste of time of day A plentiful waste of time But it's a long, long while from May to December Will the clover ring last till you reach September And I'm not quite equipped for the waiting game But I have a little money and I have a little fame And the days dwindle down to a precious few September, November And these few precious days I'd spend with you These precious days I'd spend with you ******************** As recorded by FRANK SINATRA, April 16th 1965: When I was a young man courting the girls I played me a waiting game If a maid refused me with tossing curls I'd let the old Earth take a couple of whirls While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls And as time came around she came my way As time came around she came When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring You court them in song and rhyme They answer with words and a clover ring But if you could examine the goods they bring They have little to offer but the songs they sing And the plentiful waste of time of day A plentiful waste of time Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December But the days grow short when you reach September When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame One hasn't got time for the waiting game Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few September, November And these few precious days I'll spend with you These precious days I'll spend with you (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2015)

    


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