Bob Dylan – Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleamin’)

Bob Dylan - Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleamin’)

Scott Wiseman wrote this song in 1939 and he and his singing partner and wife Lulu Belle released it in 1940 as the flip side of “Did You Ever Go Sailing?”.

Its inspiration was a vintage cup and saucer that was a family memento of his dad’s and mom’s courtship.  The sentimental value of this item was so great, that the children were not allowed to touch it.  Scott was touched by it, however, and during a bout of homesickness, wrote a song based on the lettering on the cup, which read “Remember Me”.

The song is about a pair of star-crossed lovers who part with the aforementioned words and then drift apart.  With each subsequent verse, the phrase becomes more and more bittersweet.  The lyrics are not gender or narrator specific, which has allowed it to be covered by solo artists, duos, and groups alike.  Paul Buskirk even recorded an instrumental version of it, curiously curtailing the title to “Remember Me”.

It has become something of a bluegrass and country standard.  A few artists who have covered it are Roy Acuff, Bill Anderson, Billy Williams & the Pecos River Rogues, Bob Dini, Dottie O’Brien & Jan Garber, Bob Dylan, Bud Hobbs, The Radio Gang, Alton Stitcher, and Tim & Mollie O’Brien.

 

You told me once that you were mine alone forever
And I was yours till the end of eternity
But all those vows are broken now
And I will never be the same except in memory

Remember me when the candle lights’re gleaming
Remember me at the close of a long, long day
And it would be so sweet when all alone I’m dreaming
Just to know you still remember me

A brighter face may take my place when we’re apart dear
Another love with a heart more bold and free
But in the end fair weather friends may break your heart dear
If they do, sweetheart remember me

Remember me when the candle lights’re gleaming
Remember me at the close of a long, long day
And it would be so sweet when all alone I’m dreaming
Just to know you still remember me
Just to know you still remember me

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