Long, Long Ago

Album: Beautiful Dreams (1833)
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  • "Long, Long Ago" was composed in 1833 by the multi-disciplined British writer Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839). Bayly was one of the most popular songwriters of the early 19th Century, and this was and remains one of his most endearing compositions, although it did not see the light of day until after his death. Originally called "The Long Ago," the somewhat stilted title was altered by its publisher, the American man of letters Rufus Wilmot Griswold.
  • "Long, Long Ago" is said to have been the most popular song in America in 1843, and is perhaps best known as an instrumental piece, usually for violin. Although somewhat more uptempo, the popular World War Two song "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" is based on its melody. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 3

  • AnonymousThe song was heard hauntingly in a movie scene where a young adopted boy was rocking on a rocking horse. I'm trying to find the name of the film.
  • AnonymousTo Peter from England, I just got through telling my wife the exact thing you wrote. I was a little thing at the time and I live in the deep south. Maybe we can find the movie now with the internet and Google.
  • Peter from EnglandI have a recollection of the song 'Long, Long Ago' being sung hauntingly at the end of a film. I cannot remember the year, I know it was in black and white and it was a woman singing it. I also seem to remember it was set in America's deep south but I can't be sure. If anyone can help it would be most appreciated as it has bugged me for years.
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