If I Could Be With You (One Hour To-Night)

Words by Henry Creamer and music by Jimmy Johnson (1926)

I’m so blue
I don’t know what to do.
All day through I’m pining just for you
I did wrong when I let you go away.
For now I grieve about you night and day.
I’m unhappy and dissatisfied,
But I’d be happy if I had you by my side…

If I could be with you I’d love you strong,
If I could be with you I’d love you long,
I want you to know I wouldn’t go,
Until I told you, honey, why I love you so

If I could be with you one hour tonight,
If I was free to do the things i might,
I’m telling you true,
I’d be anything but blue,
If I could be with you.

All dressed up but still nowhere to go,
How I wish that I could see a show
Here I wait with no one to call me dear,
The one I love is many miles from here.
Central, give me “one-two-three-four-j”
Oh, won’t you listen, little sweetie, while I say:

If I could be with you I’d love you strong,
If I could be with you I’d love you long,
I want you to know I wouldn’t go,
Until I told you, honey, why I love you so

If I could be with you one hour tonight,
If I was free to do the things I might,
I’m telling you true,
I’d be anything but blue,
If I could be with you

(repeat chorus slowly)

Recorded by Ruth Etting in 1926.

Sheet music published by Remick Music Corp
Song with Ukulele Arrangement.
Featured by Ruth Etting, Ziegfield Star.

Also recorded by Ruth Etting on September 18, 1930 for One Good Turn in New York City for Columbia Records and issued on Columbia 2300 D (Matrix 150826).

For more on the image on the sheet music, click here!

Was featured in the 1991 movie, Rambling Rose.

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  3. Morton Smith says:

    I came across a picture of Ruth Etting circa 1931 inscribed to my dad, Sam Smith. The inscription reads “To Sam Smith Best Wishes” signed by Ruth Etting. She also wrote the name of the show
    “Ziegfield’s Simple Simon” which she was starring in. The picture was taped on the back of a menu
    from the R.M.S. Veendam of the Holland America Line. I found the picture in and among some
    family pictures that I found. She was wearing a light colored sweater with what looks like a white
    or light yellow shirt and a skirt with a matching belt.

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