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post Jul 22 2006, 06:28 PM
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Does anyone know the lyrics to Marion (1920)? Actually, Iím not sure whether it has lyrics or if it is an instrumental number only. I heard this melody a few weeks ago on a piano roll. As my motherís name was Marion, I am interested to know whether it has lyrics and if anyone ever recorded it.

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post Jul 22 2006, 08:37 PM
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Flapper,

Just visited the Spencer Collection at Baylor University and they do have the sheet music for a song titled "Marion"--however, this song is from 1928, words by Lew Pollack, music by DeSylva-Brown-Henderson--Love Theme of 4 Devils. You said your song was from 1920--did you mean the 20's in general, or do you know its from 1920? The music is not accessible until Monday, but I'll be glad to make a copy of it then and get the lyrics to you if you think it's the same song.

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post Jul 22 2006, 09:01 PM
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I'd be interested in any Marion-related lyrics as well - my sister-in-law's name is Marion.

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post Jul 22 2006, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE(Fredrik @ Jul 22 2006, 03:01 PM)
I'd be interested in any Marion-related lyrics as well - my sister-in-law's name is Marion.

Fredrik

Glad to oblige.

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post Jul 23 2006, 12:04 AM
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Eddie,

The tune Marion can be found at the piano roll music site below - just scroll down to it. The date is given as 1920, so it may be a different song. I still would love to see the lyrics to the 1928 song you found.

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post Jul 23 2006, 12:17 AM
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Flapper,

Is this the right one here at this website? It looks like it's from 1920 and by the right composer...

Marion stop tarryin' come on and be my bride



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post Jul 23 2006, 12:34 AM
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Laughland, I think you've hit paydirt once again! Incredible! I did searches and came up empty on the sheet music sites I found. Now I will try to fit the lyrics into the piano roll music. It definitely has to be the right song, as the copyright date is 1920. Thanks so much.

I am still interested in seeing the lyrics to the "Marion" song Eddie found which was published in 1928.

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post Jul 23 2006, 01:14 AM
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My moms name was Marion also.

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post Jul 23 2006, 03:35 AM
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....so far, sounds like I have three orders for the 1928 song Marion! Will gladly oblige! wink.gif

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post Jul 23 2006, 07:22 AM
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QUOTE(bob @ Jul 22 2006, 07:14 PM)
My moms name was Marion also.

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This is something that you WILL NOT believe ... but...

YUP, you guessed it ...

My mother's name was Marion as well!

And she was born in 1928 too :-)


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post Jul 23 2006, 05:18 PM
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So how popular was Marion back then?
According to the Social Security Administration's babynames webpage Marion reached it's height of popularity in the early 1920s and was ranked as high as 42nd in popularity in 1922. It looks like it became alot less popular within a few years after 1928 and has never recovered... it hasn't broken into the top 1000 since 1988.

Here's the data for the last 100 years

Popularity of the female name Marion
Year
of
birth - Rank
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1988 955
1987 >1000
1986 975
1985 942
1984 915
1983 869
1982 778
1981 778
1980 829
1979 841
1978 809
1977 686
1976 758
1975 652
1974 653
1973 589
1972 564
1971 517
1970 512
1969 475
1968 459
1967 436
1966 396
1965 386
1964 350
1963 349
1962 338
1961 348
1960 330
1959 298
1958 270
1957 268
1956 252
1955 241
1954 219
1953 225
1952 217
1951 207
1950 198
1949 182
1948 175
1947 159
1946 155
1945 145
1944 140
1943 129
1942 130
1941 130
1940 120
1939 121
1938 119
1937 109
1936 93
1935 88
1934 86
1933 73
1932 73
1931 67
1930 60
1929 53
1928 47
1927 51
1926 47
1925 47
1924 46
1923 44
1922 42
1921 43
1920 43
1919 44
1918 45
1917 45
1916 47
1915 50
1914 50
1913 51
1912 55
1911 58
1910 59
1909 58
1908 63
1907 63
1906 63


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post Jul 23 2006, 06:07 PM
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QUOTE(Ian House @ Jul 23 2006, 01:22 AM)
QUOTE(bob @ Jul 22 2006, 07:14 PM)
My moms name was Marion also.

wink.gif Bob

This is something that you WILL NOT believe ... but...

YUP, you guessed it ...

My mother's name was Marion as well!

And she was born in 1928 too :-)


Ian

...guess this makes four orders now!

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post Jul 23 2006, 07:06 PM
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This is so incredible. Any other members of the board whose mothers were named Marion? My mother was born in 1905. During my lifetime I have only known three others by that name. The popularity of certain names seems to come and go with the decades. So many strange, new names these days. In the 60's a hippie came here from California with her young son named "Smokestack". I kid you not!!! When asked how she came to name her baby Smokestack, she explained that there was a prominent smokestack in view all the time she had been in labor. Guess it must have been a long, hard labor and she wanted to stick it to the poor kid. I sometimes wonder if he went through life with that name or whether he changed it as the years went by. Perhaps he was simply known as "Smoky" and learned to live with it.

Eddie, I am most anxious to see the lyrics to the 1928 Marion song. The 1920 version is cute and catchy. It is really nice to be able to match up the lyrics to the tune now.

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post Jul 23 2006, 07:17 PM
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I'm pretty sure that the 1928 version of Marion which Eddie found is a piece written for the F.W. Murnau film 4 Devils - an early sound-synchronized film with Janet Gaynor starring as the character named Marion.

Since this is a lost film, I've never seen or heard it... should be interesting.


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post Jul 23 2006, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE(laughland @ Jul 23 2006, 01:17 PM)
I'm pretty sure that the 1928 version of Marion which Eddie found is a piece written for the F.W. Murnau film 4 Devils - an early sound-synchronized film with Janet Gaynor starring as the character named Marion.

Since this is a lost film, I've never seen or heard it... should be interesting.

Yes, indeed it is--says so in the description on the catalog card--and I know catalog cards don't lie.

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