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SWEETHEART DARLIN' (Herbert Stothart (m) / Gus Kahn (l) ) Sung by Annette Hanshaw June 1933 My father was Irish, my mother was English But the Irish has the upper hand in me And speakin' of Irish people and things How'd ya like an Irish melody? There's a light in your eyes, sweetheart darlin' And it makes all the world fair and bright Like the light in the skies, sweetheart darlin' When the mornin' steals out of the night. His lovelight is shinin' for someone Sure I'm wondrin' just who it could be My darlin'... There's a light in your eyes, sweetheart darlin' Tell me darlin', it's shinin' for me. You're wonderful, you're glorious, and so my heart has air Your island must be heaven Because you came from there. There's a light in your eyes, sweetheart darlin' And it makes all the world fair and bright Like a light in the skies, sweetheart darlin' When the mornin' steals out of the night. His lovelight is shinin' for someone Sure I'm wondrin' just who it could be My darlin'... There's a light in your eyes, sweetheart darlin' Tell me darlin', that light is shinin' just for me. NOTES: Gus Kahn who wrote these lyrics, was German by birth and emigrated to the USA in 1890. He is responsible for some of the most popular music of the 1920s/30s, by far the most recognizable arguably being IT HAD TO BE YOU (Catherine) Annette Hanshaw, an American, was a blues and jazz singer from the 1920s and early 1930s and was purportedly one of the first female jazz singers of that era. She was known as 'The Personality Girl' or later on as 'The Flapper Girl' by her followers and fit the 1920s period perfectly with her flapper style and sweet innocent-sounding voice. She often ended her songs with the cute tag "That's All". (see MY BLACKBIRDS ARE BLUEBIRDS NOW or THE ONE IN THE WORLD or LOVABLE & SWEET Some consider the latter day Hanshaw, a 'torch singer' along with the likes of Ruth Etting, Mildred Bailey, Jane Froman and Bebe Daniels. Strangely, she thought her abilities 'wanting' by her own standards and retired early to married life, after only 15 years in the business. (Transcribed by David Story- April 2014)

    


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