TENNESSEE WALTZ

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TENNESSEE WALTZ
“The Tennessee Waltz” is a song, belonging to both the country music and popular
genres, written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1947, popularized by Patti Page
and by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1950. Country legend Roy Acuff recorded the song
before either of these artists, however. In more recent years, a number of country artists
have recorded the song, among them Emmylou Harris in 1981. The State of Tennessee
adopted the tune as one of its state songs in 1965.
I was dancin’ with my darlin to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my darlin’ and while they were dancin’
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.
I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playin’
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz
Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltz
Could have broken my heart so complete
Well I couldn’t blame my darlin’, and who could help fallin’
In love with my darlin’ so sweet
Well it must be the fault of the Tennessee Waltz
Wish I’d known just how much it would cost
But I didn’t see it comin’, it’s all over but the cryin’
Blame it all on the Tennessee Waltz
She goes dancin’ with the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like I’m falling apart
And it’s stronger than drink and it’s deeper than sorrow
This darkness she left in my heart
I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playin’
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz