The Fred Hafner Songbook


Links are to YouTube versions


Just a Girl That Men Forget

Don't miss the YouTube video with Tubby Garron

This is the song that got Fred in trouble with Dolores.
(see memoir extract from 1932 at the foot of this page)

You're the kind of girl that men forget,
Just a toy to enjoy for a while.
For when men settle down,
They always get an old-fashioned girl
With an old-fashioned smile.

And you'll soon realize you're not so wise
When the years bring you tears of regret.
When they play "Here Comes the Bride"
You'll stand outside,
Just a girl that men forget.

Young at Heart

Frank Sinatra's 1954 78rpm recording

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you
If you're young at heart
For it's hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind
If you're young at heart

You can go to extremes with impossible schemes
You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams
And life gets more exciting with each passing day
And love is either in your heart or on it's way

Don't you know that it's worth every treasure on earth
To be young at heart
For as rich as you are it's much better by far
To be young at heart

And if you should survive to 105
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive
Then here is the best part
You have a head start
If you are among the very young at heart

It Happened in Monterey

Not Frank, but nice pictures of Monterrey, Mexico.

It happened in Monterrey
A long time ago
I met her in Monterrey
In old Mexico
Stars and steel guitars
and luscious lips as red as wine
Broke somebody's heart and I'm
afraid that it was mine

It happened in Monterrey
Without thinking twice
I left her and threw away
the key to paradise
My indiscreet heart
longs for the sweetheart
that I left in old Monterrey

Strangers in the Night

Frank Sinatra

Strangers in the night exchanging glances
Wondering in the night
What were the chances we'd be sharing love
Before the night was through

Something in your eyes was so inviting
Something in your smile was so exciting
Something in my heart told me I must have you

Strangers in the night, two lonely people
We were strangers in the night
Up to the moment when we said our first hello

Little did we know
Love was just a glance away
A warm embracing dance away

And ever since that night we've been together
Lovers at first sight, in love forever
It turned out so right for strangers in the night

Just a Gigolo

Bing Crosby, 1931

Was in a Paris cafe that first I found him
He was a Frenchman, a hero of the war
But war was over
And here's how peace had crowned him
A few cheap medals to wear and nothing more
Now every night in the same cafe he shows up
And as he strolls by ladies hear him say
If you admire me, hire me
A gigolo who knew a better day

Just a gigolo, everywhere I go
People know the part I'm playing
Paid for every dance
Selling each romance
Every night some heart betraying
There will come a day
Youth will pass away
Then what will they say about me
When the end comes I know
They'll say just a gigolo
As life goes on without me

Georgia on My Mind

Billie Holiday

Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

I'm say Georgia
A song of you
Comes as sweet and clear
As moonlight through the pines

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

I said Georgia,
Ooh Georgia, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Tony Bennett

The loveliness of Paris
Seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Rome
Is of another day
I've been terribly alone
And forgotten in Manhattan
I'm going home to my city by the bay.
I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me.
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars!
The morning fog may chill the air
I don't care!
My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco,
Your golden sun will shine for me!

Buffalo Gals

Pete Seeger

As I was walking down the street
Down the street, down the street
A pretty girl I chanced to meet
And we danced by the light of the moon

Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight
Come out tonight come out tonight
Buffalo gals won't you come out tonight
And we'll dance by the light of the moon

I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And her knees was a-knockin' and her shoes was a'rockin'
I danced with a gal with a hole in her stocking
And we danced by the light of the moon


The Titanic (It Was Sad When the Great Ship Went Down)

Pete Seeger

It was on one Monday morning,
About one o'clock,
When the great Titanic
Began to reel and rock.
People began to scream and cry,
Saying, Lord, I'm going to die.
It was sad when that great ship went down

It was sad when that great ship went down,
Husbands and wives
And children lost their lives.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

When the ship first left England
And was making for the shore,
The rich declared they would not
Ride with the poor.
So they put the poor below,
They were the first who had to go.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

When they were building,
They said what they would do,
They would build a ship
That the water couldn't break through.
But the Lord in power and hand
Showed the world it could not stand.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

When Paul was sailing
With men all around,
The Lord who sits in Heaven
Said no man should be drowned.
If they'd trust and obey
He would save them today.
It was sad when that great ship went down.

There were people on the ship,
And a long ways from home,
With friends all around them who
Did not know their time had come.
Old Death he came riding by,
Sixteen hundred had to die.
It was sad when that great ship went down.



Fred sings most Thursday nights
 at Coco's Grand in Surprise, Arizona

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"Young at Heart"
(nice banter with Jerry the d.j. at Dillon's)

"Georgia on my Mind"

Twirling his cane



Page 35 from Fred's memoir:
In 1932 he chooses the wrong audience for "Just a Girl That Men Forget"