Tex Ritter performs “High Noon” On The Jimmy Dean Show.

It was awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Song,and was performed that night for the Academy by Ritter. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

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High Noon (Movie 1952)
High Noon (Movie 1952)

It is the theme song of the movie High Noon, sung over the opening credits by Tex Ritter, with its tune repeated throughout the film. It was awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Song,and was performed that night for the Academy by Ritter.The song is about the film’s main character, Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), and the moral dilemma of his new wife, Amy Fowler Kane (played by Grace Kelly), abandoning (or “forsaking”) him because he chooses to stay and fight (and risk being killed) instead of running away with her after their wedding. The song refers to how he can’t have a safe life with her until he has eliminated the threats that face him, and he wants her to stay with him just a while longer until it’s all over and not give up on him for good. The song’s lyrics significantly foreshadow the final set-piece of the film, in which Amy returns to help save Will, though this is only obvious on repeat viewings.

Tex Ritter ‎– High Noon(Bear Family 1983)
Tex Ritter ‎– High Noon(Bear Family 1983)

In the context of film music, “The Ballad of High Noon” is acclaimed not merely for its musical integration with High Noon’s score, but also for expounding lyrically on the themes of honor and obligation which define the film. It is placed at #25 on “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs”. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

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Frankie Laine - High Noon(Cover LP 1971)
Frankie Laine – High Noon(Cover LP 1971)

Some Versions:
Tex Ritter June 9, 1952
Frankie Laine June 1952
Eddie Fisher 1956
Connie Francis September 1961
Faron Young September 1963
Hank Locklin February 1968
Sleepy LaBeef 1976
Larry Butler 1977
Lee Conway 1980
Anny Schilder 1995
RW Hampton 1997
ndy Williams 2005 Unverified
A Little Farther West October 6, 2014

Tex Ritter – High Noon Lyrics

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
On this, our weddin’ day
Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
Wait, wait along

I do not know what fate awaits me
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a man who hates me
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave

Oh, to be torn twixt love and duty
S’posin’, I lose my fair haired beauty
Look at that big hand move along
Nearin’, high noon

He made a vow while in state prison
Vowed it would be my life or his’n
I’m not afraid of death but, oh
What will I do if you leave me?

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
You made that promise as a bride
Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’
Although you’re grievin’, don’t think of leavin’
Now that I need you by my side

Wait along, wait along
(Wait along)
Wait along, wait along
(Wait along, wait along, wait along, wait along)

Tex Ritter ‎– High Noon(Single)
Tex Ritter ‎– High Noon(Single)