Song – I’m Never To Marry

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Robert Josiah Music

Song Licensing information

RECORDINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS

  • None

Song Notes

This song was the B-side of Bob’s first recording, a single, We Are Marching To Pretoria, released in 1956 by Decca. Bob’s version was published by Acorn Music (The Richmond Organization-TRO) in 1957 and was the first song to come up for renewal of copyright.

In 1985, TRO sent a letter asking if Bob was going to renew his copyrights with them. If so, they would sent paperwork that would require Bob’s signature to be notarized. Bob’s secretary replied that they should send the documents. The secretary’s letter was used by TRO to claim ALL of Bob’s songs for an additional 28 years!

After decades of effort and legal expense, the family of Bob Gibson has terminated TRO’s claims.

LYRIC

I'm Never To Marry

One evening I rambled
Out under the sky
I heard the complainin’
Of a young miss nearby

I’m never to marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the rest of my life

She wept to the willows
She sang to the sky
Until you return, Love
This is my sad cry

I’m never to marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the rest of my life

Come all you young fellows
When you promise, beware
Don’t leave her there grievin’
With a love she can’t share

I’m never to marry
I’ll be no man’s wife
I expect to live single
All the rest of my life

Words & music by Bob Gibson
© Robert Josiah Music