Words & Music by Al Dubin & Victor Herbert*
Recorded by Tommy Dorsey, 1940 (#1), vocal by Frank Sinatra
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Summer, you old Indian Summer,
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You're the tear that comes after Junetime's laughter.
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You see so many dreams that don't come true,
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Dreams we fashioned when Summertime was new.
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You are here to watch over some heart that is broken
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By a word that somebody left unspoken.
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You're the ghost of a romance in June going a - stray,
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Fading too soon, that's why I say,
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"Farewell to you Indian Sum - mer."
[instrumental: sax solo]
You are here to watch over
A heart that is broken by a word that somebody left unspoken
You're the ghost of a romance in June going astray
Fading too soon, that's why I say
"Farewell to you, Indian Summer"
You old Indian Summer
* Herbert wrong the music to this song in 1919 for piano, titling it "An
American Idyll." Dubin added the lyric 20 years later, and Tommy Dorsey's
orchestra recorded it the following year. Recording credit went to the
Tommy Dorsey orchestra on Hit Parade lists; had it been recorded even a
few years later, it would have carried Sinatra's name as the recording