Unsung lyrics, transcribed by doc


updated 17 September 2016


Below is a list of links to pages containing lyrics I’ve transcribed during the past five years (2010-2015), with assistance in couple of cases. The transcription of the 1928 version of “Hello Bluebird” by Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields reveals the intricacies of a unique and extraordinary duet version of a standard by this prominent vaudeville team, filmed live for a Vitaphone short. The remainder of the transcribed songs are less well-known, but each one drew and captured my interest for a variety of reasons, eventually compelling me to do my part in not allowing it be forgotten. For these others, in many cases I decided to transcribe the words because I was unable to find the lyric in online searches. In other cases (“Blue Butterfly,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “You Broke Our Hearts,” “Our Winter Love,” “Everydays,”*) I had found at least one transcription or copy of the lyric online before I took on the task of transcribing, but none with a degree of accuracy that I considered satisfactory.

“Unsung” in the title, means uncelebrated, unacclaimed, neglected, forgotten.

1926 — Hello Bluebird (Cliff Friend) — Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields Vitaphone short film version of 1928
1927 — Hot Feet (Wendell Hall)
1929 — Blue Butterfly (Johnny Tucker, Joe Schuster)
1929 — In the Land of Let’s Pretend (m. Harry Akst, w. Grant Clarke)
1929 — Does My Baby Love? (m. Milton Ager, w. Jack Yellen)
1930 — I’m in Training for You (m. Abel Baer, w. L. Wolfe Gilbert)
1934 — Love Thy Neighbor (m. Harry Revel, w. Mack Gordon)
1934 — Shoein’ the Mare (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg)
1936 — Weed Smoker’s Dream (Kansas Joe McCoy)
1941 — Jig in the Jungle (Jungle Jig) — songwriters unknown
1958 — You Broke Our Hearts (Johnnie Richardson)
c.1958-1961 — Early in the Morning (Quinton Claunch, Charles Feathers)
1959 — Lover’s Prayer (Johnnie Richardson & Barbara English)
1961 — Come Home Soon (Intruders)
1962 — Our Winter Love (m. Johnny Cowell, w. Bob Tubert)
1962? — Who’s Got the Action (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Bob Hilliard)
1963 — Won’t Someone Please Belong to Me (Bobby Troup) – post
1966 — The Reason Why (Dale Hawkins, Jerry Strickland, Don Griffin) — recorded by the Dolls
1966 — Everydays (Stephen Stills)
1973 — Do You Know Where You’re Going To (m. Michael Masser, w. Gerry Goffin) — original lyric recorded by Thelma Houston in 1973
1973 — Always Friends (Jeri Dreifuss)


* “Our Winter Love” is a special case in which multiple recordings by major artists appear to use partly garbled and incoherent versions of the original lyric, leading to proliferation of transcriptions these mangled versions at hundreds of sites, a set of circumstances which I’ve addressed and attempted to remedy.

“Everydays” is another case in which problems with getting the lyric straight may have been a factor in its remaining in relative obscurity.


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