The Tennessee waltz

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Tennessee has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Tennessee has been added to 96 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Tennessee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|B2 d2 GA|Bd3 ga|b4 ba|ge4g|gd4d|e2 d2 B2|A4 AB|A4 GA|
Bd3 GA|Bd3 ga|b4 ba|ge4g|gd3 B2|c2 B2 A2|G6|G4 ga|
b4 bb|a4 ba|g3e g2|ed3 ef|g2 d2 B2|e2 d2 B2|A4 AB|A4 GA|
Bd3 GA|Bd3 ga|b4 ba|ge4g|gd3 B2|c2 B2 A2|G6|G6||
X: 2
T: The Tennessee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D>E |F2 A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2- f>a f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | B2- B>A F2 | E6- | E4 D>E |
F2 A2 D>E | F<A- A2 d>e | f2 f>g f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | (3GAG F2 E2 | D6- |[1 D2- D>A, :|[2 D2- D>A ||
|: d>e |f2- f>a f<e | e4 (3gfe | d2 B2 d2 | A2- A>A B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | B2- B>A F>A, | E2- E>F G>F | E2- E>D D>E |
F<A- A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2- f>a f>e | d2 B>^A B>c |
d2 (3ABA F2 | (3GAG (3FGF E2 | D6- | D4 :|
X: 3
T: The Tennessee
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D>E |F2 A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2 f2- f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | B2 A2 (3FGF | E4 E>F | E4 D>E |
F2 A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2 f2- f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | G2 F2 E2 | D4 D>E |D2- D>A d>e|
f2 a2 (3fgf|e2- e>e f>e|d2- d>c B>d| A2- A>F (3ABc|
d2 A2 (3E/F/E/D | B2 A2 (3FGF | E4 E>F | E4 D>E |
F2 A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2 f2- f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | G2 F2 E2 | D4 D>E |D4||

Fourteen comments

The Tennessee Waltz

I’ve submitted this tune in response to a request made by member "Mike58" on 13th June 2010.

No further comment!

Now I’m going to have to add my take on this. I’d been procrastinating, and then the subject of this one came up last week… The list of folks who played and play this, past and present, is huge, and impressive too… 8-)

Other keys for this include D Major, and you’ll find a transcription in D here ~

Andrew Kuntz’s ‘Fiddlers Companion
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/TE.htm

"A hit tune for Country and Western stylist Patti Page. The melody has been credited to Pee Wee King, with help from fiddler Tiny “Redd” Stewart (according to Wayne W. Daniel, Pickin’ on Peachtree, 1990, pg. 148)."

“The Tennessee Waltz” in D ~ 8-)

X: 2
T: Tennessee Waltz, The
C: Acuff-Rose, BMI
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: DMaj
|: D>E |\
F2 A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2- f>a f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | B2- B>A F2 | E6- | E4 D>E |
F2 A2 D>E | F<A- A2 d>e | f2 f>g f>e | d2 B2- B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | (3GAG F2 E2 | D6- |[1 D2- D>A, :|[2 D2- D>A ||
|: d>e |\
f2- f>a f<e | e4 (3gfe | d2 B2 d2 | A2- A>A B>c |
d2 A2 F2 | B2- B>A F>A, | E2- E>F G>F | E2- E>D D>E |
F<A- A2 D>E | F2 A2 d>e | f2- f>a f>e | d2 B>^A B>c |
d2 (3ABA F2 | (3GAG (3FGF E2 | D6- | D4 :|

|: G,>A, | B,2 D2 G,>A, | B,A | B2 (3Bcd B>A | ~

Of course, in G, with the draw of a bow, or a squeeze, you could always start on G, ~ ;-)

Some Lyrics

Written by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart (Acuff Music)

I was dancin’ with my darlin’ to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
I introduced her to my loved one
And while they were dancin’
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playing
The beautiful Tennessee Waltz.

(Instrumental Interlude)

I was dancin’ with my darlin’ to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see
I introduced her to my loved one
And while they were dancin’
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin’ the night they were playing
The beautiful Tennessee Waltz
The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

~ | D6- |[1 D2- D>[a,a] :|[2 D2- D>a || & ~ | B2- B>a F>[a,a] | ~

Those two low A,s in the transcription above can also be played an octave up ~ A…

Tennessee Waltz Instrumental

What a lovely waltz!! I get requested to play this song all the time. A song that goes really well with it is Faded Love by Patsy Cline. We play it with the Tin Whistle and the harmonica as these two instruments really compliment each other. Have a listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eiA8E5KjQs

“The Tennessee Waltz”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Waltz
" ~ lyrics by Redd Stewart and music by Pee Wee King[1] written in 1946 and first released in January 1948. The song became a multimillion seller via a 1950 recording – as "The Tennessee Waltz" – by Patti Page. As of 1974, it was the biggest selling song ever in Japan.

All versions of the lyrics narrate a situation in which the persona has introduced his or her sweetheart to a friend who then waltzes away with her or him. ~ "

Pee Wee King
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee_Wee_King

Redd Stewart
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redd_Stewart

Aoifeb ~ loved the link, thanks…

Re: The Tennessee

Leonard Cohen added a badly needed second verse to this song some years ago .

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Re: The Tennessee

Is this tune played more commonly in a particular key? I see it on the internet in both D and G, and sometimes C.