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After All These Years

Photo of Ethel Waters
Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters and an unknown vocalist, recorded February 17, 1926.
From Ethel Waters 1925-1926, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 672.

We've loved each other since we went to school,
But just the same, you're acting cool,
All these years, we've gambled in the game,
To lose you now, would be a shame;
Don't say you don't want me,
Don't say you're going away,
For if you do, it will haunt me,
And you'll be sorry some day;
We've been through all kinds of weather,
Yet we've been happy together,
You said you'd love me forever,
And I believed you were true; yes, I believed in you.
I know I'm going to miss you
When some trouble appears,
I'll long to fondle and kiss you,
And drive away your fears;
Oh, don't you abuse me,
Please don't refuse me,
Say you don't want to lose me,
After all of these years.

Oh, don't abuse me,
Please don't refuse me,
Say you can't stand to lose me,
After all of these years.

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Published 3/6/00.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.

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