Save your sorrow

1925© Music by Al Sherman, lyrics by B.G. Sylva

Al Sherman     * Czarist, Russia Sep 7, 1987
† Sep 16, 1973
B.G. DeSylva  * New York City, NY Jun 27, 1895
† Hollywood, Ca Jul 11, 1950

B.G. Sylvia was born as: George Gard “Buddy” DeSylva

Whole title: Save your sorrows, for tomorrow
Save your sorrow for tomorrow.
Smile a while today.
Work is play for anyone that hums.
Smile today. Tomorrow never comes.
If you cheer up, skies will clear up.
Clouds will pass away.
Save your sorrow for tomorrow.
Smile a while today.

“Save Your Sorrow (For Tomorrow)” is a popular song first published in 1925 written by Tin Pan Alley tunesmiths, Al Sherman and B.G. DeSylva. The publisher was Shapiro, Bernstein & Company, based in New York City. Songwriter, Al Sherman’s son, Robert (a future Academy Award winning songwriter) was just born and Al did not have the money to pay the hospital bill. Upon arriving home from the hospital, Al discovered the first royalty check from “Save Your Sorrow” in his mailbox and was therefore able to pay the bill.

In 1925, Dad got a $500 advance for “Save Your Sorrow.” Having five hundred dollars was like a miracle to him- Just the day before, he had borrowed a dollar from his mother-in-law so that he and Mom could eat. Dad went to the bank and cashed the advance into ten dollar bills, fifty of them. He took them home and spread them all out on the bed. When Mom got home he told her she looked a little tired, and suggested she take a nap. At the sight of all that much needed money, and with son Robert due in a couple of months, Mom burst into happy tears. In fact they both did. But when Bob was born, the advance didn’t stretch far enough to pay all the hospital bills. Mom and Dad’s worries turned to happy tears once again when another miracle occurred– Dad’s first royalty check for “Save Your Sorrow” arrived just in time to let them bring Bob home.i1

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