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“The Sweetheart of San Fernando”

I was thrilled to present this new tune in honor of Western music legend and inspiration Marilyn Tuttle at the Gene Autry National Museum in Los Angeles on March 15, 2015.

By the following night, many were singing along with me on the chorus at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena.

Here are the chords and lyrics:

The Sweetheart of San Fernando     ©2015 Larry Wilder


C                      F              C                   F               Fm          C

She’s the Sweetheart of San Fernando—the dearest in all the West

C        F          C            Am            D7                          Dm-G7

The Lady with a heart of gold—the cowgirl we love  best

C                 F           C          F                 Fm     C

She sang way back in ’46 in “Down Missouri Way”

F                Em                 Dm     Am                  F                     G7      C

Her voice and heart know  all the parts—she’s tailor made  for today



She’s the truest Saddle Pal—that Western music knows

All us boys and cowgirls—know the debt we owe

To make the best darn music West of the Great Divide

And feel her Love and Guiding Hand—right here by our side



She did the ’50s TV shows—with Wes and Les and Merle

She was a friend of old Bob Nolan—this Original Western Girl

With her dazzling Heavenly voice—sent down from God Above

She helped create our Western ways with her talent, faith and love



Now our Sweetheart of San Fernando—is the Lady in the very first row

She keeps the flame and lights our way to make a Western show

When her name is called up Yonder—you’ll hear all Heaven ring

From the very first row of the Heavenly Choir

She’ll show ’em how an Angel sings



Tag: She’s the Queen of the West who’s just the best-the Sweetheart of San Fernando

Notes:  Verses and chorus = same chords.  I use the capo on the 2nd fret—key of D.

Have fun and sing it out for Marilyn!

Larry Wilder

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