Words & Music by Jack Lawrence
Recorded by Buddy Clark, 1947

(A7) D        DM7      D6          Dm7                          
When I go to sleep, I never count sheep.

    D             Cdim       Em7       A7
I count all the charms about Linda;

    Dm7         A7       G/B       A7
And lately, it seems, in all of my dreams,

   Em7         A7          D
I walk with my arms about Linda.

      G       Em      D
But what good does it do me?

     D6    A7     F#7    E7   D
For Linda doesn't know I ex - ist.

C#m7-5      F#7      Bm      Bm7
Can't help feeling gloomy --

  E7             Bm7-5    Edim   A7      A7+5
Think of all the love that I've missed.

(A7) D          DM7        D6            DM7
We  pass on the street, my heart skips a beat,

  D        Cdim          Em7      A7
I say to myself, "Hello, Linda."

   Dm7        A7        G/B         A7
If only she'd smile and stop for a while,

    Em7           A7         D
And then I would get to know Linda.

    G    G/F#  Em    Em7   D       F#m
But mir - a -  cles still happen, 
    D       A7    F#7    Am7     B7
And when my lucky star begins to shine,

    Em7       G/B             Gdim   A7  D    D alt   Gdim   D6
With one lucky break I'll make Lin - da mine.

Lee V. Eastman -- a British attorney, music publisher and art collector -- noted that all the members of his family had songs for their first names…all, that is, except his daughter, Linda. So Eastman commissioned a client of his, Jack Lawrence, to write the song in 1946. Crooner Buddy Clark recorded the tune in 1947. It became a hit -- so much of a hit, in fact, that it prompted a high percentage of post-war baby girls to be named Linda. Lee Eastman's daughter was later to have yet another claim to fame: she married a Beatle and became Mrs. Paul McCartney. Tragically, her life was cut short by cancer. This post is, in part, a minor token of memorial to a life well-lived.

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