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You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)



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I thought I had posted all the live performance songs from my old gig at The Californian (SB Convalescent Hospital). I can't believe I missed this one, one of my favorites. This is an old standard performed by many artists over the years since 1952. The first version I heard was by the Duprees in the early sixties - https://youtu.be/IvLmxQqEa0I

Well, there was this elderly woman named Betty at the home. She was pretty much tuned out but when she did talk to you she was rather cold and abrasive. She served in the military in her youth. Yet every time I performed this song, at the very end where I would slow up and sing the last phrase (you belong to me), she would come alive and belt out that lyric with me, "You belong to me!". It was really something. As best as I can remember, Betty had already died when I recorded this (2007-2008).

My wife worked at the place and informed me one day that Betty was on her death bed. I came in with my guitar, just went to her room and sang this to her. I felt I just had to... wanted to. She wasn't responsive. I don't know if she heard it or not. I'd like to believe she did. That experience really told me how I had come to care about some of these old folk, especially Betty. Really something...
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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 market place in old Algier
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!
Words & Music by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price and Redd Stewart
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Uploaded: Jul 14, 2017 - 09:39:27 PM
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sammydix said 798 days ago (July 15th, 2017)
info was as touching as the song itself.
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Char said 798 days ago (July 15th, 2017)
Best gig, ever.
You never know...just how much what you did..meant. Proud, you should be. Why in the hell am I typing like Yoda?

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bronco said 798 days ago (July 15th, 2017)
Too cool
Very nice Jack. A good choice for an oldie and you do it well. Story still has me reeling.

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PeterB7858 said 797 days ago (July 16th, 2017)
You Belong To Me (live - Betty's song)
Lovely song. Fine rendition. Touching story. Kudos, on many levels, Jack. Well done. Thanks.
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Calchas said 796 days ago (July 17th, 2017)
Another classic
from the vaults...

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Dadai.2 said 790 days ago (July 23rd, 2017)
Thanks to all...
... For the nice comments!

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