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Q: Lyrics and music for 1937 song ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Lyrics and music for 1937 song
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: maryloud-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 30 Mar 2003 07:09 PST
Expires: 29 Apr 2003 08:09 PDT
Question ID: 183181
In 1937 I was named for a song that went, in part, "Mary Lou, I love
you, Cross my heart, I love you." I am looking for the lyrics and tune
for that song.
Subject: Re: Lyrics and music for 1937 song
Answered By: googlenut-ga on 30 Mar 2003 14:34 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Mary Lou,

Good news!  I found your song!

This is a very nice song to be named after.  “Mary Lou” was written by
Abe Lyman, J. Russell Robinson, and George Wagner.  According to, it was recorded by Abe Lyman's California Ambassador
Hotel Orchestra, on March 11, 1926, in Chicago on the Brunswick label.

This website even allows you to listen to a RealAudio clip of the
original recording.  The vocals come in at approximately 1 minute and
40 seconds into the song.

The Real Audio Player can be downloaded for free at

The link for the free player can be found at the upper right corner of
the page.

The lyrics of “Mary Lou” can be found at
“Mary Lou, Mary Lou
Cross my heart, I love you.
Every bell in the steeple is ready to ring
And all the people are planning pretty presents all for you.
Mary Lou
Won't you give me your promise true?
Why for miles around they're waiting
To start their celebrating
When you say "I do"
Mary Lou.”

According to “All Music Guide”|PM&sql=H766002
Others that have performed this song include:

Bing Crosby
The song appears on his recording “50th Anniversary Concert at the
London Palladium”|PM&sql=A3zpyxdkb3ol7

The Goofus Five|PM&sql=A1ehqoaqauijv

Tiny Hill & His Toppers|PM&sql=A3vjleaz24xd7

Louis Prima|PM&sql=Amt5j8qp9bt94|PM&sql=Apu3ibk59aakc

A clip of Louis Prima’s version can be heard at

Sammy Kaye|PM&sql=A5fw67uy020jj

A clip of Sammy Kaye’s version can be heard at

Pee Wee Russell|PM&sql=Aukj97ip3g71r

A clip of Pee Wee Russell’s version can be heard at

Ralph Sutton|PM&sql=Anbkbu32han6k

Mary Lou Williams|PM&sql=A7sy67uu010jg

The 78 rpm record is listed for sale at

The sheet music is listed for sale at Russell Farber Antiques

Other References:, Composers - Lyricists Database
J. Russell Robinson 

The Online Discographical Project, Brunswick 3000-3500
“Mary Lou”, Arthur Dreifuss, 1948

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you have any
questions, please request clarification prior to rating the question.

Enjoy your song!


Search Strategy:

Google Search Terms:

1920s OR 1930s songs mary lou

1920s OR 1930s songs mary lou –williams

Abe Lyman "mary lou"

"mary lou" lyrics "cross my heart" "love you"

"mary lou" "cross my heart" "love you"

Clarification of Answer by googlenut-ga on 30 Mar 2003 14:42 PST
Hello Mary Lou,

I mistakenly identified the Pee Wee Russell clip.  It is at

maryloud-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I received so much more information than I ever imagined!  Thank
you!!! I'd love to tip the researcher, but the $20 I offered to get
the answer was the max I could come up with!

Subject: Re: Lyrics and music for 1937 song
From: googlenut-ga on 31 Mar 2003 16:12 PST
Hello Mary Lou,

Thank you for the five-star rating!  I'm happy that you are pleased
with the answer.  That's enough of a tip for me.


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