Haunted HeartWords & Music by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz, 1947
Recorded by Susannah McCorkle, 2000
A A9 E7-9 AM7/9 D9 Cdim E7/9 In the night, though we're apart, A C#m7 F#m Cdim Bm7-5 E7 D9 E7 There's a ghost of you with - in my haunted heart; D9 E7 D9 E7 Cdim AM7 Ghost of you, my lost ro - mance... Edim Bm7 D9 Bm7-5 A D9 E7 Lips that kiss, eyes that dance. A A9 E7-9 AM7/9 F#m Cdim E7 Haunted heart won't let me be; A C#m7 F#m Cdim A AM7/6 Dreams re - peat a sweet and lone- ly song to me. D D9 F#m7 Cdim A9 A C#m7 F#7 Dreams are dust; it's you who must be - long to me, D Cdim Bm7-5 E7-9 A C#m7-5 F#7 And thrill my haunted heart -- DM7 D6 Dm6 Fdim E7-9 A Be still, my haun - ted heart. Bridge: AM7 D9 AM7 D9 AM7 Bm7 C#m7 Bm7 Time rolls on, try - ing in vain to cure me; F#7 Gdim F#7 D9 Cdim AM7/6 A You are gone, yet you re - main to al - lure me. C#7 D7 C#7 You're there in the dark, and I call; F#m C#7 F#m You're there, but you're not there at all. B7 D Cdim E7/6 Dm6 F#7 D9 E7/6 Oh, what will I do with - out you, with - out you? A A9 E7-9 AM7/9 F#m Cdim E7 Haunted heart won't set me free; A C#m7 F#m Cdim A AM7/6 Dreams repeat a sweet and lonely song to me. D D9 F#m7 Cdim A9 A C#m7 F#7 Dreams are dust; it's you who must be - long to me, D Cdim Bm7-5 E7 A C#m7-5 F#7 And thrill my haunted heart -- DM7 D6 Dm6 Fdim E7-9 A Be still, my haun - ted heart.
In some respects, this one doesn't "belong" in that I have yet to find an "oldie" version of it to listen to -- and McCorkle's version, recorded in 2000, is clearly among the most recent songs posted here. Still, the song belongs on its own merits. And this is one for which I have seen sheet music, and because I have, I have reverted to Howard Dietz's original lyrics in preference to McCorkle's version.
Allmusic.com lists an early recorded version as having been released as a V-disc in World War II, but given other information which credits Dietz and Schwartz as having written it in either 1947 or 1948, I have some doubts about the V-disc story. (For those of you not familiar with the term, V-discs were recordings made by major pop music stars and distributed for the enjoyment of US troops during World War II -- and not to the general public.)
Recent visitor Amy Young was able to add this:
I wanted to mention the v-disc for Haunted Heart -- Jo Stafford recorded it (sans bridge) and it was the closing song of the movie "The End of the Affair", with Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes.