Sing Along with ‘Downton Abbey’

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No worries if you don’t read sheet music, the song is below. (SheetMusicDirect)

Get ready to warble.

It turns out that the familiar Downton Abbey theme music has lyrics to go along with it.

British songwriter Don Black added lyrics two years ago at the request of composer John Lunn, who wrote Downton’s soundtrack. Black’s song was called, “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?,” a phrase that now resonates mournfully given the two major deaths on the series last season.

With English singer Mary-Jess Leaverland doing the crooning, the song was released on the official Downton soundtrack, though it never was heard on the show itself. A video featuring the song was posted on YouTube two years ago, as well. Take a listen:

Black gave an interview last week on BBC Radio 2 in which he talked about writing the lyrics. That caused a flurry of news stories implying that the Downton love theme was brand new.

In the interview, Black said he’d set to work on the song in 2011 after receiving a call from Lunn, who asked him to provide words to the show’s opening music. “I’d never seen the program, so I looked at an episode and then the line just came out to me, ‘Did I make the most of loving you?’” Black said. “It was a universal thought that seemed to apply to a lot of things.”

Black’s other credits include the theme songs for several early James Bond films and for Born Free (1966), for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

For diehard Downton fans, here are the full lyrics to “Did I Make the Most of Loving You”:

Did I make the most of loving you?
So many things we didn’t do.
Did I give you all my heart could give?
Two unlived lives with lives to live.
When these endless, lonely days are through, I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.

Did we make the most of all we had?
Not seeing you makes my heart sad.
Did we make the most of summer days?
We still have time to change our ways.
When these endless, lonely days are through, I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.

Did those tender words stay in my head?
So many things were left unsaid.
Did I give you all my heart could give?
Two unlived lives with lives to live.
When these endless, lonely days are through, I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.
I’ll make the most of loving you.

Downton Abbey returns for a fourth season on ITV in the UK. in September and on PBS stateside on Jan. 5.

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