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The Ballad of High Noon

Start of Summer 2024



The Ballad of High Noon

Music by Dimitri Tiomkin, with lyrics by Ned Washington;

changes by Debra Milligan


I won’t forsake you,

oh, my darling

 

On this, our wedding day

I won’t forsake you,

oh, my darling

 

I’ll wait along, wait along

 

I do not know what fate awaits you

I only know I must be brave

Cause you must face a man who

hates you

 

Or lie a coward,

a craven coward

 

A craven coward in your grave.


Though you’re torn ‘tween love and duty

You won’t lose your fair-haired beauty

While the big hand moves along

to high noon.


He made a vow

And now

You made yours

 

I only know I must be brave

and await your fate and his

 

What shall I do

if you’re gone

from this

 

Our life together.


I won’t forsake you,

oh, my darling,

 

I made that promise as a bride

 

I can’t forsake you, my dear darling

 

Although I’m grieving,

I shan’t be leaving

because you need me

because you need me

by your side.


I’ll wait along, wait along

 

I’ll wait along,

 

wait along,

 

wait along . . .

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