Words & Music: Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1901)

Lyrics

I love you truly, truly dear.
Life with its sorrow, life with its tears,
Fades into dreams when I feel you are near,
For I love you truly, truly dear.

Background

After a financially troubled youth, Carrie Jacobs-Bond was inspired to start writing songs by her second husband Dr. Frank Bond. After he passed away in 1895, she moved from the economically depressed Upper Peninsula of Michigan back to her hometown Janesville, Wisconsin, where she made a meager living, at first, by painting ceramics and writing songs. While painting she would hum improvised tunes and add lyrics. These improvised tunes became the basis for her collection of sheet music called Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose, which included “I Love You Truly.”

Performances

Here is a #1 hit recording from 1912 by Elsie Baker:

And here is Bing Crosby’s hit version from 1944: