When I Lost You~1913~Henry Burr

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Sung by Henry Burr in 1913 for Edison Records.

"When I Lost You" is a song with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin written in 1912 after his wife of five months, the former Dorothy Goetz, died of typhoid fever. In it he poured out the grief of his loss, the only song that he ever admitted had such a connection to his own life. The song, a ballad, was unlike any of Berlin's previous songs, which were upbeat tunes written to take advantage of the dance craze. The song's melody is a slow, simple waltz with bittersweet harmony and diminished seventh chords. It became Berlin's first hit ballad.
Berlin had published 130 songs by this point, none of which previously had revealed his ability to write with moving sentiment about his own personal pain.
Dorothy Goetz was one of many singers who arrived at the Waterson, Berlin & Snyder offices after the success of Berlin's "Everybody's Doin' It Now".
Berlin's initial attempts to resume songwriting after his wife's death were unsuccessful.
After accepting an invitation to visit Europe with Dorothy's brother Ray Goetz, Berlin composed "When I Lost You".
Strengthened by the knowledge that his life had some direction, he returned to his piano for solace, and this time attempted to write about his wife's death rather than avoid it. The result, a ballad called "When I Lost You," was unlike any song Berlin had previously written. It was an exceedingly simple and stately waltz employing a bittersweet harmony underneath the melody; diminished seventh chords further added melody. It was the only song Berlin ever admitted had a basis in the events of his life (as I mentioned above.)
Berlin did not make promotional appearances for the song during its first year of release, yet the circumstances of his brief and tragic marriage were common knowledge. The following year he performed the song in London.

The Lyrics to this beautiful song.

Roses each one met with the Sun
Sweetheart, when I met you
The sunshine had fled, the roses were dead
Sweetheart, when I lost you

I lost the sunshine and roses
I lost the heavens of blue
I lost the beautiful rainbow
I lost the morning dew

I lost the angel who gave me
Summer the whole Winter through,
I lost the gladness that turned into sadness
When I lost you

The birds ceased their song, right turned to wrong
Sweetheart when I lost you
A day turned to years, the world seemed in tears
Sweetheart when I lost you

I lost the sunshine and roses
I lost the heavens of blue
I lost the beautiful rainbow
I lost the morning dew

I lost the angel who gave me
Summer the whole Winter through,
I lost the gladness that turned into sadness
When I lost you

16 comments

Walter...I am trying to answer your comment and I am having so much trouble too!
Thank you so much for watching and for your great comment.
It is good to see you back here again!
By Ginny Karyn (gigi129) last year
My comment seems to have disappeared, so let me try again ! This beautiful song was written and composed by Irving Berlin after he lost his wife. It is so profound. This version of it must be the definitive one.Thank you so much for sharing this gem
By Walter Gray last year
Thank you so much Andre for your appreciation of my vintage music shares!
By Ginny Karyn (gigi129) last year
Thank you so much Tony. I am happy you enjoyed this fine old song and I wish you a happy day!
By Ginny Karyn (gigi129) last year
merci à vous de vos partages d'une une autre époque
By aandre_danyel last year
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