Here's a comparison of the live radio performance by Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys on the album Bluegrass Classics LP BGC 80, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Radio Shows 1946-1948 and a studio recording by Ernest Tubb on the CD box set “Ernest Tubb: The Early Years, 1936-1945”.
Several bluegrass recordings of Love Gone Cold deviate from the words shown here and many more jam sessions continue these variations.
Now your love has done gone cold
There’s no one to ease my weary soul
I know I have found my only goal*
It’s love gone cold
What have I ever done to you
That you treat me like you always do
Will you leave me here to grieve my soul
With love gone cold
What will I do when you’re gone
I can’t face an empty life alone
What have I to show** when I grow old
But love gone cold
I need the care that you withhold
For your love means more to me than gold
Please don’t leave me here to grieve my soul
With love gone cold***
Written by Johnny Bond and recorded for the Okeh label in 1942.
*For the third line of the First Verse, Tubb sings “And I know I’ve found my only goal” but Flatt’s variant “I know I have found my only goal” is true to the original meaning and virtually identical.
**Lester's pronunciation of "show" sounds like "share" on this line when you listen to the 1947 radio performance, but a 1959 Flatt & Scruggs songbook has the word "show" in the lyrics.
If Flatt inadvertently sang "share" in this instance, it appears to be the only deviation from the Ernest Tubb recorded version which was released prior to this radio show performance by Bill Monroe and could have been the source for Flatt’s version.
***The first word of the final line in each verse is virtually inaudible on the live radio recording with Flatt’s voice, but based on Ernest Tubb’s version and re-visiting Flatt’s performance, I believe these words are present in the Monroe-Flatt-Scruggs radio version.
Special thanks to Jack M and Tom G for the Flatt & Scruggs songbook images