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Three Guesses

(Bob Nolan)

 

You gave me just three guesses

And my heart confesses

That I know not what I have done

That you should leave me here so lonely

With three guesses only.

I only needed one.

Somebody new stole your heart from my heart

But time changes all, that is true,

For I saw you cry alone here last night.

The tables have turned on you.

So, darling, now whose heartís confessing?

And, if youíre still guessing,

Iíll give you three guesses, too.

Somebody new takes your place in my heart

And so goes the turn of the tide

And somebody new steals someone from you.

Now youíll be the one whoíll cry.

So, darling, now whose heartís confessing

And, if youíre still guessing,

Iíll give you three guesses, too.

 

 

One of Bob Nolan's post-Sons of the Pioneers songs, "Three Guesses" was not registered for copyright until September 24 1985, five years after his death, when Bob's daughter discovered his home demo acetate. Bob Nolan sang and whistled, accompanied only by his little Gibson guitar. He had an old home recording machine and he made his own wax demo 78s on it. Many years later, his grandson rented a record player and transferred the old demos to tape with indifferent success. The words above were transcribed from this tape. We were unable to find sheet music or even lead sheets and the song was never commercially recorded.

 

Recording

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli

 

Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli