I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

"I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" is the title of a country/folk song by A. P. Carter. A. P. Carter was a collector of old songs and lyrics. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes is one of these old songs he discovered. The song is a hillbilly folk song, the foundation of early country music. The song became a hit in 1929. The song is a sad tale of a love that had been lost far across the sea, set to traditional English folk music. The song peaked at #10 on the national pop music charts. Due to the song's popularity and historical importance, many have covered the song. Some artist shorten the title to Broken Ties or Broken Vows or Broken Hearted Lovers. In February of 1939 on XET Station, Mexico, Sara Carter dedicated the song to her long lost boyfriend Coy Bays, who was in Washington State at the time. On February 20, 1939 Sara Carter and Coy Bayes married at Brackettville, Texas. Mother Maybelle used the Carter Family picking on the song, which was new at the time, the bass notes are played with her thumb and she strums with her other fingers. The song was later put on the Carter Family album: My Clinch Mountain Home: Their Complete Victor Recordings (1928–1929). Ralph Stanley in 2006 recorded a complete album of Carter Family songs, including I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes, titled A Distant Land to Roam: Songs of the Carter Family.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

"I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes"
Single by Carter Family
B-side"Let's Be Lovers Again"
ReleasedJuly 1935
FormatShellac, 10 record
StudioVictor recording studio, Camden, New Jersey
GenreCountry, American folk
LabelConqueror Records
Songwriter(s)Traditional reworked by A. P. Carter


  1. ^ discogs.com, I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  2. ^ americanhistory I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes
  3. ^ communityguitar.com I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
  4. ^ Mazor: Barry Mazor, Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Chicago Review Press, 2015
  5. ^ The Urban Experience and Folk Tradition, American Folklore Society/University of Texas Press, 1971
  6. ^ Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  7. ^ Sara Carter (1898–1979), Contributed by Kip Lornell and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography

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