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DON'T YOU REMEMBER THE TIME? Old-Time, Waltz. USA, Mississippi. A Major: G Major: C Major (Silberberg). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Silberberg): AA'. A song air and instrumental waltz recorded numerous times with and without vocals in the 1920's and 1930's. It was copyrighted to W.R. Williams (perhaps Will Rossiter) in 1919. The lyrics begin:

Just down the lane, over the stile,
Under the old oak tree,
There by the stream, we'd plan and dream,
Wonderful things to be.
I used to call you sweetheart of mine,
Don't you remember the time?

CHORUS:
When the shadows fall, and the stars begin to peep,
When the little birds. and the flowers fall asleep,
Memory brings back a picture complete,
Dear little girlie of mine.
When the silver moon was a-smiling from above,
' I was smiling too, on my only turtle dove,
We were contented for we were in love,
Don't you remember the time?

Source for notated version: St. Regis String Band (revival band from N.Y.) [Spadaro]; Leslie Freeny with Freeny's Barn Dance Band (Miss.) [Phillips]; Bruce Reid [Silberberg].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 249. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 37. Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 20.

Recorded sources: OKeh 45508 (78 RPM), 1930, Freeny's Barn Dance Band (Leake County, Miss. - a twin fiddle string band). Adelphi 01, St. Regis String Band - "Backroad Breakdown." Columbia Co 15114-D, Clayton McMichen and Riley Puckett (1927). Vocalion 5129, Mac and Bob (Lester McFarland and Robert Gardner)(1926). The Callahan Brothers (1934).

See also the listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [1].




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