South of the Border (1939 song)
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In the lyrics, a man looks back with regret and pain for having lied to the woman he can't forget ("...and now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray...") and returned for too late, just as she was preparing for marriage. The lyric is in juxtaposition with the music, which swings with syncopated joy.
The song was a hit in 1939 for Shep Fields, vocal by Hal Derwin. It has been recorded by many artists, but the best-known versions are by Gene Autry and Frank Sinatra (1953). Irish-born boxing tenor Jack Doyle recorded it with his then wife, Mexican American movie actress Movita Castaneda. Perry Como recorded the song for his 1957 album We Get Letters. Rockabilly artist Carl Mann recorded the song in October 1959 for Sun Records, which was released on the Phillips International label in 1960. The song was recorded in August 1961 by Patsy Cline for her album Patsy Cline Showcase and appears on Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass album South of the Border (1964). The Shadows did an instrumental version on their 1962 album Out of the Shadows.
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