I’ll Remember You, Love, In My Prayers
A simple but endearing little song tune that I learned from the playing of accordionist Bobby Gardiner. I do not know the words but the title is the last line of the chorus. Here’s a link to listen to the tune played on the fiddle-
Aka, “Curtain’s of Night”
Background information from
Sources: Fowke 1994: 78; also sometimes called "When the Curtains of Night are Pinned Back"; for recordings see www.csufrsno.edu/folklore/BalladSearch.html. Roud 4367.
History: Published by Will Hays in 1869, this American love song has appeared in many songsters in Kentucky, Alabama, and Virginia.
Text notes: A sentimental song of love remembered.
Tune notes: The 6/8 melody bears a close resemblance to that of "Believe me. endearing young charms." This performance enhances the sentimentality of the text with a trembling voice and slides between many of the notes.
Also: "I’ll Remember You in My Prayers" (1869 [and 1877]) [Copyrighted in 1869 by J. L. Peters; and Copyrighted in 1877 by Oliver Ditson & Co.] A Beautiful Song & Chorus. Song for Mezzo Soprano with Chorus (Ad Lib.) by William Shakespeare Hays, 1837-1917
This same melody has been used for other folk songs, such as "The Banks of the Old Pontchartrain" http://www.lyon.edu/wolfcollection/songs/appleon1262.html
Said to be an Irish waltz in The Fiddler’s Companion:
I’LL REMEMBER YOU, LOVE, IN MY PRAYERS. Irish, Waltz. D Major. Standard. AB. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; Vol. 2, No. 10.