The music for “My Prayer” was written in 1926 by salon virtuoso violinist Georges Boulanger with the title “Avant de Mourir.” In 1939 lyricist Bill Kennedy added words in English. Glenn Miller and the Ink Spots each had a hit with the song, charting at #2 and #3, respectively. “My Prayer” has been recorded many times since, but the version that became the biggest hit was the one by The Platters. In 1956, it reached #1 on the U.S. Singles Charts and R&B Charts. Their version was featured in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The lineup for the group has gone through many changes over the years, to say the least. However, at the time, it was Tony Williams, Zola Taylor, Herb Reed, David Lynch, and Paul Robi.
Here are the beautiful lyrics to “My Prayer” by The Platters:
“When the twilight is gone and no songbirds are singing
When the twilight is gone you come into my heart
And here in my heart you will stay, while I pray
My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day in a dream that’s divine
My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away and your lips close to mine
Tonight while our hearts are aglow
Oh tell me the words that I’m longing to know
My prayer and the answer you give
May they still be the same for as long as we live
That you’ll always be there at the end of my prayer”
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