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!