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bearr wrote at 2007-09-29 09:47:33
I remember "I understand" in the 50's.  Sung by Tony Brent.  To my mind the best version yet!

Patrick Gorman wrote at 2008-10-30 20:21:52
I totally agree with Sean. The song as I remember and the one that was being asked about would certainly be the one in which Auld Lang Syne was being sung in the background!

Culver wrote at 2009-02-06 14:39:46
Sean is correct. Kim Gannon wrote the lyrics to the song "I understand" where the lyric cointinues, "but darling..."

The Freddie & the Dreamers and G-Clefts song was written by someone else.


Chuck wrote at 2009-05-08 15:01:18
I Understand

Lyrics by:  Kim Gannon

Music by:  Mabel Wayne

Originally made famous by:  Jimmy Dorsey


I understand, and darling, you are not to blame,

If when we kiss it's not the same, I understand.

It's not your fault because your heart has changed its mind.

You didn't mean to be unkind, I understand.

Forgetting you will be far from easy,

I've grown so used to your charms.

I miss that old thrill and no one can fill

Your place here in my heart.

But if you'll find our love was really meant to be,

Then darling, hurry back to me, and I'll understand.

Lily's daughter wrote at 2009-12-09 00:39:11
FYI, my mom actually wrote the lyrics to "I Understand".  She wrote poetry and sold several of her poems to Mabel Wayne around 1940.  She gave away all rights to the songs.  There were probably several of her songs credited to Kim Gannon that were published, but when I was growing up in the 1950's the only one my mom was sure about was this one. I knew the words and would search for it now and then. The only recording of it I ever found was the one performed by Nat King Cole.  My mom was thrilled when she heard it on CD a few years ago. I don't know if Kim Gannon was a real person or a persona that Mabel Wayne made up, but that wasn't my mom's name.

Lily's daughter

johnbongo wrote at 2015-03-27 09:30:25
Hello Lily's daughter...

There are quite a few versions of this song, all of the one's I've found are quite credible; the artists include Jimmy Dorsey, The Four Aces, The Signatures & The Angels and The King Sisters. The version I like, apparently by the Ink Spots, appears on the soundtrack of the movie "Trees Lounge". I'm interested in finding out the name of the lead singer on this version, which appears to be performed live in a small club.


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