Broken Engagement (I -- She Was Standing By Her Window), The

DESCRIPTION: The girl asks her fiancee if he truly loves another rather than her. He says he does. She releases him from his promise, and says they will be strangers henceforth. She dies; (he realizes as he stands by her coffin that she was his true love)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (recording, Kelly Harrell)
KEYWORDS: love betrayal death
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Randolph 771, "The Broken Engagement" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 496-498, "The Broken Engagement" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 771)
Owens-1ed, pp. 171-173, "The Broken Engagement" (1 text, 1 tune)
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 147-148, "The Broken Engagement"; pp. 149-150, "He Was Standing By the Window" (2 texts)
BrownII 157, "They Were Standing by the Window" (4 texts)
BrownSchinhanIV 157, "They Were Standing by the Window" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Shellans, p. 29, "Broken Engagement" (1 text, 1 tune)
Browne 47, "Dark Blue Eyes and Raven Hair" (2 texts, 2 tunes)

Roud #3535
Emry Arthur, "The Broken Engagement" (Decca 5067, 1935)
Betty Garland, "Broken Engagement" (on BGarland01)
Kelly Harrell, "Broken Engagement" (Victor 20280, 1926; on KHarrell01)
Charlie Oaks, "The Broken Engagement" (Vocalion 15144, 1925; Vocalion 5076, c. 1927)
C. A. West, "The Broken Engagement" (Challenge 429, 1928)
Henry Whitter, "The Broken Engagement" (OKeh 45081, 1927; rec. 1926); Henry Whitter & Fiddler Joe [Samuels], "The Broken Engagement" (OKeh, unissued, 1926)

cf. "The Broken Engagement (II)" (lyrics)
The Broken Heart
NOTES [62 words]: Belden and Randolph both have songs from the Ozarks called "The Broken Engagement," and they share some lyrics. But the plots are so distinct that I have to list them as separate songs.
Kelly Harrell's song "The Broken Engagement" is again quite different, but it clearly goes with Randolph's text (which it predates and might even have inspired) rather than Belden's. - RBW
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