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By And By

February 7, 2020

By and By was a commercial success for me. I wrote and recorded the song in 1978. I have always liked the lyrics and the simple melody. The song alternates between C minor and D minor before stepping-down to E major at the beginning of each chorus. It has always been one of my favorites. However, songwriters like me always say that because in fact, all of our compositions are our “favorites.”

By and By is a simple song of watching love diee, something I think we have all experienced at one time or another in our lives. I honestly can’t remember the precise motivation for writing this song. It might have been written for a friend, a lost love or like so many of my songs, simply fantasy. Origins aside, the key was always to speak to the universality of the subject.

Give it a listen. I hope you enjoy! Remember that this was a rough demo, not a fully produced song.

Here’s a YouTube version of the demo from 1978:

These are the lyrics and back scene that I included in my book, Three A.M – The Complete 1970s Song Lyrics: 

By And By

© 1978 Allen E. Rizzi

Instr. C (add) F7 (add) G Major C Major G major

V1       By and by….

We’ve grown a little old;

By and by….

Our love has grown cold;

And we know that we’ve gone by and by.

V2       By and by….

We’ve watched each other grow;

By and by….

We’ve slowly come to know;

That our time has gone by and by.

Ch.       Every  morning, I wake to find

Everything has changed with time….

And I know

We’ve just gone by and by.

V3       By and by….

The smiles have all worn out;

By and by…..

We’ve found what love’s about;

But we hang-in as we go by and by.

Ch.       Every  morning, I wake to find

Everything has changed with time….

And I know

That our time has gone by and by.

Coda    Instr. (fade)

Back Scene 2011:

This is one of my personal favorites. It is a universal song for relationships that didn’t work out. I have always liked the way the chorus hammers down to E major! I also like the fade-out instrumental in the coda that seems to offer a glimmer of hope. The song was recorded and released twice, including my own 1979 version. 
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  1. Com’è bella!
    Dolce e malinconica

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  2. Timothy Price permalink

    Nice sad song. Great lyrics.

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    • Thank you. It’s one of my many oldies from the 1970s. I still write for recording artists both here in the U.S. and abroad.

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      • Timothy Price permalink

        That’s great. I record bloody awful parodies, but I’ve been writing and recording quite a few original songs over the past year. I used to play flamenco guitar quite well, and we had a family flamenco company. But after two bouts with cancer, I have number fingertips and swollen painful finger joints, so I’m still working on relearning to play the guitar. It’s slow going, painful, a lot of work, and frustration, but I’m managing to do pretty well with electric guitar and electric bass. I can’t sing worth a crap, but that helps with the humor in most of my original music, and the bloody awfulness of my parodies.

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      • I do parodies as well – Keeps me laughing.

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  3. Melancholy, but very pretty! I enjoyed listening to the lyrics. It is definitely a ‘mood piece’, and one that makes you stop and think.

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    • Thank you. This is one of my commercial oldies from the 1970s. I am still busy writing for recording artists in the states and abroad.


  4. Molto piacevole!


    Liked by 1 person

  5. Allen, a masterpiece of lyrics and song!

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