The Big HurtWords & Music by Wayne Shanklin
Recorded by Toni Fisher, 1959 (#3)
E F Now it begins, now that you've gone; E F Dm Needles and pins, twilight till dawn. E C#7 A Am7(V) Watching that clock till you return, G#m C#7 F#m C#m7-5 B7 Lighting that torch and watching it burn. E Esus4 E F C#7 F Now it begins, day after day; E Esus4 E F C#7 F Dm6 This is my night, ticking away. E C#7 A Am7(V) Waiting to hear footsteps that say, G#m C#7 F#m C#m7-5 B7 “Love will appear and this time to stay.” Bridge: E7 D9 E7 Bm7-5 A6 D9 AM7/6 Oh, each time you go, I try to pretend Am7 Am7(V) Am7 B7 Fdim B7 It's over at last, this time the big hurt will end. E Esus4 E F C#7 F Now it begins, now that you've gone; E Esus4 E F C#7 F Dm6 Needles and pins, twilight till dawn. E C#7 A Am7(V) But if you go, come back again. G#m C#7 F#m C#m7-5 B7 I wonder when, oh when will it end? Coda: A9 Cdim E E Dm6 E E Dm6 E D9 Dm6 E The big hurt, the big hurt, the big hurt.
*Adapted from a chart provided to me by recent visitor Dennis, who also suggested the song. I'm probably the only one on the planet that thinks so, but to me the third line of the final verse would make more sense if it were written as "But if you don't come back again" - and to my ear, it sort of sounds like she could be using those words. At any rate, that's the way I sing it, but I'm showing the generally-accepted lyric transcription here.