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High Noon Lyrics

Artist: Frankie Laine


High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)

-Artist: Frankie Laine as sung on "Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits"
-Columbia CS 8636
-peak Billboard position # 5 in 1952
-Academy Award-winning title song sung by Tex Ritter in the film starring Gary
-Cooper and Grace Kelly
-Words and Music by Ned Washington and Dmitri Tiomkin


Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'
On this, our weddin' day
Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'
Wait, wait along

I do not know what fate awaits me
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a man who hates me
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave

Oh, to be torn 'tweenst love and duty
S'posin' I lose my fair-haired beauty
Look at that big hand move along
Nearin' high noon

He made a vow while in state prison
Vowed it would be my life or his'n
I'm not afraid of death but oh
What will I do if you leave me?

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'
You made that promise as a bride
Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'
Although you're grievin', don't think of leavin'
Now that I need you by my side

Wait along,(wait along) wait along
Wait along, wait along
(Wait along, ,wait along, wait along, wait along)

Transcribed by Robin Hood

These lyrics were transcribed from the specific recording mentioned above
and do not necessarily correspond with lyrics from other recordings, sheet
music, songbooks or lyrics printed on album jackets.
Comments/Interpretations
by René on 8/4/2010 6:34pm
Beautiful song! One remark:
What _will_ I do if you leave me?
my version reads:
What shall I do if you leave me?
which imho makes much more sense.
by 31Jumps on 4/19/2011 6:57am
These are not the lyrics from the movie - it had these as the more stark final lines:

Do not forsake me oh my darlin'
You made that promise when we wed
Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'
Although your grievin', I can't be leavin'
Until I shoot Frank Miller dead.

Less treacle, more principle. But we like treacle. That's why we since the first verse of the National Anthem, which ends with a questions (does the flag still waive?) instead of the last ("and the Star Spangled Banner in triumph shall waive, o'er the land of the free and the home of hte brave")
by ErnieB on 5/24/2012 6:21am
Just about my favourite song. One of the very few where the title is only mentioned once. Most modern songs are so repetative,but not HIGH NOON
by Frank on 7/12/2013 1:23pm
Hi. Line 10 in the song, the correct word is "twixt" love and duty.


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