Avalon (1920)

Vocal Range


This song became the subject of a famous plagiarism lawsuit, and a court of law found that it was sufficiently similar to the aria E lucevan le stelle from Puccini's Tosca that all future royalties were assigned to Ricordi, Puccini's publisher. You can listen and judge for yourself whether you agree with the court's verdict.


Every morning memories stray
Across the sea where flying fishes play
And as the night is falling
I find that I’m recalling
That blissful all enthralling day.

I found my love in Avalon
Beside the bay.
I left my love in Avalon
and sail’d away.
I dream of her and Avalon
From dusk ’til dawn.
And so I think I’ll travel on
To Avalon.

Just before I sailed away
She said the word I longed to hear her say.
I tenderly caressed her;
Close to my heart I pressed her
Upon that golden yesterday.

I found my love...