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Harlem Nocturne

This morning I had my second saxophone lesson. My instructor gave me a piece of music to work on. The piece is called Harlem Nocturne. This is a song that I played many years ago, so the sound of it brings back some great memories. The song itself was written by Earle Hagan in 1940. For those of you who haven’t heard the song before, I’ve listed the lyrics below as well as a YouTube clip. This will be my project over the next few weeks. Should be fun.

Harlem Nocturne

A nocturne for the blues played on a bro – ken heart string
It’s wailing out the news my baby is gone from me.
Dark shadows in the rain, a tel – e – phone that won’t ring
Just mem – o – ries re- main of lovers that used to be.
I miss the laughs and the fun, my spot in the sun
When I was the one one and only.
The music and lights, those wonderful nights
The morn – ing is the time we’d kiss.
The laughs and the fun, my days in the sun,
They’re over and done, and I’m lonely;
Don’t ask me to hide the heartbreak in – side
The gleam – ing spark is gone, the light went dark.
This nocturn for the blues took all and left me nothing
Nothing but the blues ’til baby comes back to me.

Until the next post, keep on jammin…


February 2, 2008 - Posted by | saxophone

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