LindaWords & Music by Jack Lawrence
Recorded by Buddy Clark, 1947
(A7) D DM7 D6 Dm7 When I go to sleep, I never count sheep. D Cdim Em7 A7 I count all the charms about Linda; Dm7 A7 G/B A7 And lately, it seems, in all of my dreams, Em7 A7 D I walk with my arms about Linda. G Em D But what good does it do me? D6 A7 F#7 E7 D For Linda doesn't know I ex - ist. C#m7-5 F#7 Bm Bm7 Can't help feeling gloomy -- E7 Bm7-5 Edim A7 A7+5 Think of all the love that I've missed. (A7) D DM7 D6 DM7 We pass on the street, my heart skips a beat, D Cdim Em7 A7 I say to myself, "Hello, Linda." Dm7 A7 G/B A7 If only she'd smile and stop for a while, Em7 A7 D And then I would get to know Linda. G G/F# Em Em7 D F#m But mir - a - cles still happen, D A7 F#7 Am7 B7 And when my lucky star begins to shine, Em7 G/B Gdim A7 D D alt Gdim D6 With one lucky break I'll make Lin - da mine.
Lee V. Eastman -- a British attorney, music publisher and art collector -- noted that all the members of his family had songs for their first names…all, that is, except his daughter, Linda. So Eastman commissioned a client of his, Jack Lawrence, to write the song in 1946. Crooner Buddy Clark recorded the tune in 1947. It became a hit -- so much of a hit, in fact, that it prompted a high percentage of post-war baby girls to be named Linda. Lee Eastman's daughter was later to have yet another claim to fame: she married a Beatle and became Mrs. Paul McCartney. Tragically, her life was cut short by cancer. This post is, in part, a minor token of memorial to a life well-lived.