Old Pal of My Heart
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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The shadows of twilight are falling
On a heart so lonesome and blue
I can hear a voice sweetly calling
And it brings back mem'ries of you

Old pal of my heart, are you lonesome?
Old pal of my dreams, are you blue?
It's been many days since we parted
My thoughts are forever of you

Life is so empty without you
I long for you forever it seems
For I know you'll always be
The same sweetheart to me
When I come back to you in my dreams

And oh how I long for you darling
To hold you again tenderly




And hear you say that you always will be
Just the same old sweet pal to me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song "Old Pal of My Heart" evoke a sense of longing and nostalgia for a lost love. The opening lines describe the singer being engulfed by the melancholic shadows of twilight, reflecting their lonely and blue state of mind. The mention of a sweet voice calling suggests that the memories of their old pal are still vividly present, stirring emotions and pulling at their heartstrings.


As the song progresses, the singer directly addresses their old pal, asking if they too are feeling lonely and blue. The separation between the two has been long, and the singer's thoughts continually revolve around their old pal. It is evident that their world feels empty without their presence, and the yearning for their old pal becomes a constant ache, lasting seemingly forever. The singer eagerly anticipates reuniting with their old pal in dreams, recognizing that the memories and connection they share remains unchanging.


The lyrics convey a deep emotional attachment and a desire to be reunited with this old pal of the heart. The intimacy and tenderness of their relationship are evident as they long to hold and hear their old pal say that they will always be the same sweet companion. The song captures the bittersweet essence of reminiscing about a lost love and the hope and longing for their return.


Line by Line Meaning

The shadows of twilight are falling
As the day turns to dusk, a sense of sadness and loneliness fills my heart


On a heart so lonesome and blue
My heart feels incredibly lonely and filled with sorrow


I can hear a voice sweetly calling
In my mind, I can hear a gentle voice reaching out to me


And it brings back mem'ries of you
These memories of you flood my mind and fill my thoughts


Old pal of my heart, are you lonesome?
I wonder if you, my old friend of the heart, also feel the same loneliness


Old pal of my dreams, are you blue?
I wonder if you, my cherished companion in my dreams, also feel sadness


It's been many days since we parted
It has been a long time since we said goodbye and went our separate ways


My thoughts are forever of you
I constantly think of you and you occupy my thoughts endlessly


Life is so empty without you
In your absence, life feels devoid of joy and meaning


I long for you forever it seems
The longing for your presence in my life feels eternal, as if it will never fade


For I know you'll always be
Because deep in my heart, I believe that you will forever remain


The same sweetheart to me
You will always hold the same special place in my heart


When I come back to you in my dreams
In the realm of dreams, I find solace and reunite with you once again


And oh how I long for you darling
How intensely I yearn for your presence, my beloved


To hold you again tenderly
I desire nothing more than to embrace you gently once more


And hear you say that you always will be
To hear you assure me that your love for me will remain steadfast


Just the same old sweet pal to me
To know that you will always be the dear friend and companion I cherish




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Comments from YouTube:

BoyInaWardrobe

Reminds me of my grandfather... I miss him so much. I’d give he world just to see that sweet smile of his and that happy old laugh. I miss you granddad...

Such Is This Mystery

What an extraordinary song especially for its day. Absolutely love it.

Hank Kimmey

One of my favorite Jimmie Rodgers Songs and recorded in 1933 Love it Cheers,Keith

Jim Alexander

Wonderful song by Jimmie...thanks for these videos. JC

Jenny Line

My brother, Bob could play and sing just like Jimmie! His son is gifted with the same talent.

Gunnar Anderson

you should post some videos!

Jenny Line

He was the best

Benji Lando

Recorded six days before he died of tuberculosis at 35 years old

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