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Thursday, December 18, 2008

You Belong to Me

By Chilton Price, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart
1952

For the record, it was Price, a rare solo female songwriter, who wrote this tune for the most part. She gave King & Stewart equal credit in exchange for their promotional work. And successful work it was, as the song was recorded by a multitude of artists in its first year alone. It began life as a country song by Sue Thompson, but it was Jo Stafford's version that became the standard. It would later become adopted by the world of rock n' roll, as epitomized by the Gene Vincent rendition.

Lyrics:

See the pyramids along the Nile,
Watch the sunrise from a tropic isle,
Just remember, darling, all the while,
You belong to me.

See the marketplace in old Algiers,
Send me photographs and souvenirs,
Just remember, when a dream appears,
You belong to me.

I'd be so alone without you,
Maybe you'd be lonesome too,
And blue.

Fly the ocean in a silver plane,
See the jungle when it's wet with rain,
Just remember, till you're home again,
You belong to me.

Recorded By:

Dean Martin
Patsy Cline
The Duprees
Bob Dylan
Tori Amos

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