"Answer Me" was originally written in 1952 (with German lyrics, under the title "Mütterlein" by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch. The English lyrics were written by Carl Sigman in 1952).
After the song was recorded by Frankie Laine in 1953, the "religious" version was banned by the BBC after complaints. Nevertheless it still reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, after another version was written by Sigman in which, instead of directing the question to God about why the singer has lost his love, the lyric is addressed directly to the lost lover. In the new lyric, "Answer me, Lord above..." is changed to "Answer me, oh my love..." with other appropriate changes. The new song, entitled "Answer Me, My Love," was again recorded by Laine, but became a bigger U.S. hit for Nat King Cole in 1954.
A friend kindly gave me this song on 7inch single in 1993. She had kept it from her childhood, even though she had never really liked it and had never played it!