Several years ago, I ran across a song in one of my songbooks titled "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore". After noticing the copyright year was 1933 and that it barbershops quite well, I assumed you might've drawn inpiration for your tag from this song. The last phrase of this song is even "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore", as is the last phrase of your tag (assuming it was taught properly to me.) To me, it just seems like oddly unique lyrics to be found identically in two places. More than anything, I was just curious if you knew about this song and why you might've chose not to use it, if so. If you haven't seen or heard the song, I would encourage you to check it out as it is really a neat lyric song with a beautiful, interesting melody and lots of circle of fifths action!
Either way, I'm sure your song and arrangement is beautiful! Perhaps I should arrange the other version that I have and make it available to harmonetters for $1.99 :) ??? Of course, mine would have to involve those stupid per copy fees as it is still under copyright... :(
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Burt Szabo" <burtszabo@...> wrote:
> OK, Barbershoppers, here it is: Song #1 in my new
> series of Two Dollar original songs/arrangements.
> Many years ago, about 1928, I wrote a tag, "Annie's
> Gone Away", for no special reason, that many
> barershoppers have sung. It's even been called one of
> the most enjoyable tags ever written. Well - I don't
> know about that - but it is fun to sing. Many years
> later, I decided this tag needed a song. It's titled
> simply, "Annie", and tells the story of the fellow
> who's fallen for Annie, and she finally invites him
> over for an evening. Here's part of the verse:
> "A rainbow painted the sky today, as I stopped at
> your front gate.
> You were so sweet to say we should meet; I hoped I
> wouldn't be late."
> But the shades were drawn, and the house was dark. No
> one answered his knock on the door. When he asked the
> boy who lived next door, "Have you seen Annie today?",
> his only reply was, "Annie doesn't live here anymore."
> Now his rainbow has turned to shades of grey, and
> clouds darken the sun. The bluebird's song is stilled.
> And he sings, "My world can't go round without you."
> Well, you get the idea. It's a song that's never been
> performed on a show, nor in contest, and your quartet
> or chorus could be the first to present it to an
> audience, or to the judges.
> And, Yes, it's yours for a Two Dollar bill, with
> permission to perform, and to make copies for your
> quartet or chorus. If your singers are looking for a
> song with lots of heart, and opportunities for
> heartfelt expressive singing, and making an impression
> on your audience and the judges, give this a try. If
> the idea appeals to you, send your Two Dollar bill, or
> equivalent, to me at the address below, and the music
> will be on its way the very next day.
> I'll be announcing a new song/arrangement in this
> series each month from now on. By the way, the next
> original song in the series is an "easy to learn" song
> for the coming holiday season that your listeners will
> Keep on ringing those good old barbershop chords!!
> Burt Szabo
> 525 Conway Rd. #221
> Azalea Park, FL 32807