[Dixielandjazz] "Ev'ntide"

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Sat Nov 20 16:09:23 PST 2004

Dear friends,
Can anyone help with the original words for Hoagy Carmichael's "Eventide".
I have transcribed them from the 18 May 1936 Louis Armstrong record (as best
I can) as under, but suspect that Louis, as usual, has put his own spin on
I do not have any later vocal versions of the song.
Kind regards,

"Ev'ntide" (1936. Hoagy Carmichael)

Ev'ntide, brings me rest
Time of day that I like best
When you grin, just roll on in
The robin's in his nest.

Ev'ntide, that speaks of love
That's the word I've been thinking of
Watching that [beautiful] sunset in the west
Oh, the dreams I'm dreamin'.

Ev'nin', someone waits for me
Ev'nin', 'neath the wildwood tree
Oh, ev'nin' and I'll soon be there
Lovin' my sweet [chickadee?], with all my heart.

Ev'ntide, brings down the night
'n hang the moon up high. And bright
'cause ev'ntide 
I've fallen in love. Buba baba ba do, ba zlet.

Note: 'beautiful' in the 3rd line of the 2nd part above seems to have been
added by Louis, as it doesn't scan very well.
The same applies to what sounds to me like 'chikadee' in the last line of
the 3rd part.
And how does one transcribe Louis' scats?????


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