[1st VERSE:] Moon was slyly peeping from above On a summer's night Sally Brown and Joe were making love 'Neath the pale moonlight Sally said, "I think I'd better go" As she rolled her eyes But foxy little Joe Said, "There's a game I know Called telling lies" [REFRAIN:] Telling lies Telling lies Say you never want to be Near to me Dear to me Telling lies, close your eyes Then a kiss or two I'll steal and give them back to you While telling lies [2nd VERSE:] Little Sally Brown and Joe were wed She became his bride "I will never marry you," she said Then the knot was tied Ev'ry morn he kisses her goodbye Leaves her all alone But 'fore he goes away These words he'll always say, "I won't come home"
[1st VERSE:] Lissa to the sweet-a rag-a time Ain't it nunga make you feel-a fine? Ev'rybody dance, sleep-a like-a trance Keep-a steady, get-a ready One, two three Kid! What's-a matta you no look-a wise? Get-a busy, make-a goo goo eyes Nunga make-a fake, just-a shake-a shake Make-a jealous for the other guys [REFRAIN:] Sweet Marie Make-a rag-a-time-a dance wid me? Take a steam-a boat to Italy On the rag-a line Hey you wop-a, nunga stop-a Kiss-a Tony, call 'em pop-a One, two, three I'm-a feel-a like-a "Hully Gee" Come dance rag time wid me Oh, my sweet-a Marie [2nd VERSE:] What's-a matta you no wanna dance? Nunga feel afraid to take a chance Ev'rybody look, shout-a, "Get da hook!" I'm-a sad-a feel-a bad-a Shake you'self Kid! If you love-a Tony nice-a fine Make-a noise-a like-a rag-a time Hurry up-a quick, nunga take a week If you nunga wanna never mind
[1st VERSE:] There's no mistake that I can act I'm talented and that's a fact I know, because my mother told me so She kept a house for actor folks And listened to their funny jokes So now I guess my mother ought to know But managers are awful dense It seems to me they have no sense I know my darling mother wouldn't lie She thinks I'm better than the best But managers think I'm a pest And all they say is, "Go somewhere and die" [REFRAIN:] If the managers only thought the same as mother You bet I'd show them all a thing or three They'd have starred me in "The Thief" For it's mother's firm belief Margaret Illington could never steal like me If the Shuberts only took a tip from mother I'd be starring like a star was never starred Leslie Carter and that bunch Would be at Childs serving lunch If the managers only thought the same as ma [2nd VERSE:] My mother goes to all the shows She knows what ev'ry woman knows She knows Maude Adams knows a thing or two But when she saw her in that play She said to me that very day "My child, she doesn't know as much as you" So I got busy with my pen And wrote to Charlie Frohman then I asked him if he wouldn't star me quick His answer nearly knocked me dead For in his letter Charlie said "I didn't even know that you were sick" [2nd REFRAIN:] If the managers only thought the same as mother I'd act like Sarah Bernhardt never did Harry Miller would forget Margret Anglin you bet He would want me as his real supporting kid If Frohman only took a tip from mother He would label me as Frohman's only star Missus Fiske would take a drop To some Broadway candy shop If the managers only thought the same as ma
[1st VERSE:] Said Miss Eliza Johnson to William Brown "Up to my home you I invite Call around some Sunday night I'd love to have you play my piano upright" Said Mister William Brown, "The pleasure is mine I can assure you lady fair" He called around next day And started in to play Just to hear Eliza declare [REFRAIN:] When I hear you play that piano so sweet My blood runs cold way down to my feet You sure do bring forth music Like I never heard before When you start in playing rag by the streak I could hear you play that box for a week For it does most anything but speak When you play that piano, Bill [2nd VERSE:] Said Mister William Brown, "I can't help but blush Because Miss Lize you flatter so I only play the worst I know While at my best to beat me so it must go" Then Miss Eliza answered, "What's that you say? You only played the worst you knew! Sweet William, I can guess how you play at your best But the worst right now will do"
[1st VERSE:] Honey darlin' take your time Don't you hurry, baby mine Throw your lovin' arms around me Oh! Oh! Oh! I'm feelin' so fine Won't you squeeze my hand again Squeeze it hard, I feel no pain Don't deny me, satisfy me To that draggy strain [REFRAIN:] Oh! that draggy rag! Oh! that easy drag Don't you hurry, honey, or you'll cause me pain I want to go to heaven on an Erie train Slide, glide, not too fast Go slow to the last I love my quick decision, hon' But Oh! that draggy rag [2nd VERSE:] I could almost swear I see Two of you, and now it's three I believe my mind is wand'rin' Oh! Oh! Oh! poor delicate me Honey, dear, I'm suff'rin' so Get your hat and we will go Don't decline, dear, take your time, dear Let us walk out slow
[1st VERSE:] Dear Mayme, I want to explain Why I sat down to write you this note Gee, Mayme, I do feel ashamed It's the first letter I ever wrote There's some little something 'way down in my heart I haven't the nerve to say But sooner or later I must make a start So it might as well be today [REFRAIN:] I love you, I love you, I love you, Mayme I'd like to be there with a pretty spiel But three simple words can explain how I feel I love you, I want you, I need you, is all that I know My love to your ma, kind regards to your pa And kisses to you from Joe [2nd VERSE:] P.S. Dear Mayme can you guess Who I saw, well it's old Parson Brown Gee whiz, he was chock full of biz' And he wants you and me to come 'round Now I've bought a bargain, a nice wedding ring Worth twenty, I bought it for ten Jim Jones wants to buy it for fifteen next spring Do you want me to sell it again?
[1st VERSE:] Out in San Francisco where the weather's fair They have a dance out there They call the "Grizzly Bear" All your other lovin' dances don't compare Not so coony But a little more than spoony Talk about yo' bears that Teddy Roosevelt shot They couldn't class with what Old San Francisco's got Listen my honey, do And I will show to you The dance of the grizzly Bear [REFRAIN:] Hug up close to your baby Throw your shoulders t'ward the ceilin' Lawdy, lawdy, what a feelin' Snug up close to your lady Close your eyes and do some nappin' Something nice is gwine to happen Hug up close to your baby Sway me everywhere Show your darlin' beau just how you go to Buffalo Doin' the grizzly bear [2nd VERSE:] Let's sit down and rest a minute honey dear My head feels awful queer Please call the waiter near "Water, water quick the lady's gone I fear" "Thank you, honey In my purse, you'll find some money Where's the man who showed me how to do that dance That put me in a trance? I'll take another chance" Now that I've got my breath I'm his'n until death Come on with yo' grizzly Bear [2nd REFRAIN:] Hug up close to your baby Hypnotize me like a lizard Shake yo' self just like a blizzard Snug up close to your lady If they do that dance in heaven Shoot me hon' tonight at seven Hug up close to your baby Sway me everywhere You and me is two, I'll make it one when we get thro' Doin' the grizzly bear
[1st VERSE:] Nellie Green met Harry Lee At a masquerade the other night He liked she and she liked he Just a case of love at single sight He took Nellie home that eve Also took the number of her phone Just before he took his leave Nellie whispered in the cutest tone [REFRAIN:] Call me up some rainy afternoon I'll arrange for a quiet little spoon Think of all the joy and bliss We can hug and we can talk about the weather We can have a quiet little talk I will see that my mother takes a walk Mum's the word when we meet Be a mason, don't repeat Angel eyes, are you wise? Goodbye [2nd VERSE:] He look'd wise, then looked for rain Sure enough it rained that Saturday "Give me three, four, five, six Main Nellie dear, prepare I'm on my way" When he rang the front door bell No one there responded to his call Soon he heard his pretty Nell Singing to somebody in the hall [2nd REFRAIN:] Call me up some rainy afternoon Then again how's the evening for a spoon Call around tomorrow night We can then put out that fire in the furnace My mama will sure be out of town She'll be entertained by Mister Brown My Papa won't be 'round, he will call on Missus Brown Angel pet, don't forget Goodbye
[1st VERSE:] Sam Johnson was op'ra mad He sho' had the fever bad He said, "Those ordinary ragtime tunes are mild Some music from Verdi's hand Or any old op'ra grand Would never fail to set this op'ra darkie wild" One evening at a ball They heard Sam Johnson call Unto the leaderman to play some "William Tell" The leader swelled his chest and said, "I'll do my best" So when he played they heard Sam Johnson yell [REFRAIN:] Hear dat strain Mister Verdi come to life again Oh that operatic sweet refrain Sho' would drive a crazy man insane Just let me die and meet those brainy men Who manufactured notes of opera grand Oh! Verdi where, where oh art thou? Let me shake you by the hand, man, you know what's grand Good Lord, it's over, they're playin' "Home Sweet Home" [2nd VERSE:] Old Sam was a painter man One day with a brush in hand He stood upon a scaffold 'way up in the air A German band below Was playin' some "Rig'letto" Sam said, "I know that's op'ra, be it here or there" While he daubed up the wall He tried hard not to fall But in the street the band kept right on playin' fair They played some "Faust" below, just then old Sam let go He tumbled down below a-shouting in the air
[1st VERSE:] "A fool there was," said Smith to Gray "And that same fool was me Not satisfied with bach'lor bliss I took a wife, you see" Said Gray to Smith, "You're crazy man Why married life is fine I have the dearest little wife And let me say for mine" [REFRAIN:] I'm a happy married man Yes I am, yes I am Married life was made for me I wouldn't choose another Betch yer life I love my wife Love my wife with all my life I'm a happy married man My wife lives with her mother [2nd VERSE:] I hate to hear the married men Complaining all the time One would imagine married life Was anything but fine They don't appreciate the wife Who helps to make life gay But far be it for me to frown I mean it when I say
[1st VERSE:] Come sit beside me darling May, and look into my eyes It seems as tho' 'twere yesterday I won you for my prize The hand of time has turned your golden locks to silv'ry gray The silver threads have drawn you closer to my heart each day [REFRAIN:] You were my queen at sweet sixteen You're my queen at sixty-three Your eyes that shone with gladness then Still hold their charms for me And as I gaze into your eyes, there's one thing I must say You're still the same sweet darling girl And I love you more each day [2nd VERSE:] You cheered me up when I was blue, you laughed when I was gay When trouble came you were the same, you turned night into day You never measured what you gave by what you thought I'd give You're still my little sweetheart, and I'll love you while I live
[1st VERSE:] Alexander Adams played a clarinet Brought out music that no one has brought out yet Miss Eliza Johnson was his angel pet And Alexander was her one best bet Strange to say they quarreled on last Sunday night Monday evening Alexander came in sight Played his clarinet beneath her window light To hear Eliza yell with all her might [REFRAIN:] Honey, is that you? yes, yes Don't even have to guess, my honey, what brought you? Oh pet, I see you brought your clarinet My honey, I'm angry, no, no For lawdy sake don't dare to go My pet, I love you yet And then besides, I love your clarinet [2nd VERSE:] Alexander played his clarinet with vim Up to Liza's door, then played himself right in When he got inside he played and played like sin Then played her cards to see who'd buy the gin When he left, Miss Liza tried some sleep to get Dreamt her Romeo came back to Juliet Also dreamt he brought with him his clarinet If no one woke her, she'd be shouting yet
[1st VERSE:] Ev'ryone talk-a how they make-a da love Call-a da sweet-a name-a like-a da dove It makes me sick-a when they start in to speak-a 'Bout the moon 'way up above What's-a da use to have-a big-a da moon? What's-a da use to call-a dove? If he no like-a she, and she no like-a he The moon can't make them love But [REFRAIN:] Sweet Italian love Nice Italian love You don't need the moon-a-light your love to tell her In da house or on da roof or in da cellar Dat's Italian love Sweet Italian love When you kiss-a your pet And it's-a like-a spagett Dat's Italian love! [2nd VERSE:] Ev'ryone say they like da moon-a da light There's one-a man up in da moon all-a right But he no tell-a that some other nice feller Was-a kiss your gal last night Maybe you give your gal da wedding-a ring Maybe you marry, like-a me Maybe you love your wife, maybe for all your life But dat's only maybe But [2nd REFRAIN:] Sweet Italian love Nice Italian love When you squeeze your gal and she no say "Please stop-a!" When you got dat twenty kids what call you "Papa!" Dat's Italian love Sweet Italian love When you kiss one-a time And it's-a feel like-a nine Dat's Italian love!
[1st VERSE:] Benjamin Manner played a grand piano And he cert'nly played it fine Played the piano all the time Like a reg'lar Rubinstein Sunday he called around to see Miss Lucy Brown And said "My darling pet I have found a new way to make love That hasn't been discovered yet Won't you let me show you how?" But Miss Lucy cried "not now": [REFRAIN:] Try it on your piano grand I don't care to understand B or I flat, C or Y flat Try it hon' but not in my flat While I don't doubt that what you say is true I'm not taking chances with some love that's new So Mister Manner, try it on your piano But you can't try it on me [2nd VERSE:] Benjamin Manner sold his grand piano And became a doctor fair One who cures your pain and care He was known most ev'rywhere Lucy took sick one day, he called around to say "I've brought with me a pill It's a new discovery of my own That surely ought to cure or kill It has never yet been tried" But Miss Lucy loudly cried: [2nd REFRAIN:] Try it on your piano grand I don't care to understand B or I flat C or Y flat Try it hon' but not in my flat Give me Peruna for my ev'ry pain For he who takes that will live to take again So try your brand up on a baby grand Because you can't try it on me
[1st VERSE:] Honey, that leaderman leads like a leader can Just see him leadin' that band My honey, don't you understand That they're playin' music grand And Just never mind the name Ragtime is all the same Music is music with me But I will say that it's beautiful, hon' With a great big capital B [REFRAIN:] Oh! oh! oh! oh! Oh! that beautiful rag It sets my heart a-reelin' Oh! oh! oh! oh! Oh! that beautiful drag That funny feeling stealing Hear that trombone blowin', hon' Ain't dem fiddles goin' some? Oh! sir Oh! sir, cuddle up closer Squeeze me like you would a flower Make a minute last an hour Oh! oh! oh! oh! Oh! that heavenly strain It makes me feel so funny If I ever cry, "Don't play it again" Just don't believe me honey Oh, my dearie, can't you hear me callin'? Come up near me, catch me, dear, I'm fallin' Oh! oh! oh! oh! Oh! that beautiful rag [2nd VERSE:] What does my honey want? Go in a restaurant? Now you is talkin' some sense And this here place is just immense I know you don't mind expense Hence Bring on yo' bill o' fare Honey, I do declare Somehow I'm feelin' forlorn Hear them playin' that old beautiful rag Now my appetite is gone
[1st VERSE:] My little honey I must be leaving Be bright and sunny Now don't be grieving Just dry your tears, dear It's not for years, dear I'll soon return to you [REFRAIN:] Kiss me, my honey, kiss me And say you'll miss me as I miss you Love me, my honey, love me Like stars above me Say you'll be true while away ev'ry day I'll be thinking of you Dearie, now don't grow weary Be bright and cheery, my honey do So dear, before I go dear Come here and kiss me, (Kiss, Kiss) honey I love you [2nd VERSE:] That same old moon, dear That shines above us Will see us soon, dear As happy lovers So don't you worry For I will hurry Right back and marry you
[1st VERSE:] Pretty young Mabel was helping her mother Clearing the table and dressing her brother Washing the dishes, feeding the fishes As ev'ry girl should do Johnny dropped in and soon made himself handy Helping his Mabel dear When all the work was thro' and nothing more to do He whispered in her ear [REFRAIN:] Is there anything else that I can do for you? Tell me do, come on and ask me to I've got hours to spare, my dear, and then a few Tell me Mabel, I'm able to do anything else So don't you be afraid Pretty maid, I've learned the tailor trade And somehow I've been guessin' That your lips need some pressin' Tell me, dear, is there anything else? [2nd VERSE:] Pretty young Mabel could not see the joke, so said "In the stable there's wood to be broke," so There was no stopping, John started chopping Chopp'd for an hour or two Soon work and Johnny became perfect strangers He did the best he could Calling his Mabel near, he whispered, "Listen, dear I'm not so strong for wood!"
[1st VERSE:] Crowded thoroughfare, people here and there Dashing up the Avenue Maiden young and shy, quickly passing by Something comes in contact with her shoe Someone's fallen down, slipped upon the ground It happens on a slipp'ry street Kind young gent who saw the accident Helps the charming lady to her feet [REFRAIN:] "Thank you, kind sir," said she "Welcome, sweet Miss," said he "May I not escort you home?" "You may not, I'll go alone I've a husband," said she "And I've a wife, Miss," said he "You needn't call me up," said she "My phone is one, two, three" "Thank you," said he [2nd VERSE:] Scene, a near cafe, couple chatting gay Same young maiden shy and sweet On the he-male end sits her fellow friend Same young man who helped her to her feet Maiden softly speaks, "I've been sad for weeks My darling husband failed last year I'm in debt right up to here, you bet" Fellow whispers something in her ear [2nd REFRAIN:] "Thank you, kind sir," said she "Welcome, sweet Miss," said he "May I not escort you home? I would hate to go alone" "I live here, sir," said she "And so do I, Miss," said he "Don't dare to call me," said she "I'm always in at three" "Thank you," said he
[1st VERSE:] Benny Bloom went to a swell affair Given by a real millionaire Jenny Golden Dollars was there Now comes the bus'ness end Benny, to a friend, said, "Introduce me to Miss Jenny, do!" Soon he whispered, "Pleased to meet you too!" Then young Benny winked at Jenny With his Yiddisha eyes [REFRAIN:] Oi, Oi, Oi, those Yiddisha eyes! Benny had those Yiddisha eyes That shone so bright, with an Israel light Eyes that could tell a diamond in the night Oi, Oi, Oi, those Yiddisha eyes! Benny had those Yiddisha eyes! He took a look in her bankbook With his Yiddisha eyes [2nd VERSE:] Ben looked at her finger with his eyes Next day bought a ring the proper size Jenny's bus'ness father got wise! Now comes the finish part Benny, from his heart, began to shout, "I love your daughter fine!" Jenny's pa cried, "That's how I got mine!" Benny, bending, saw the ending With his Yiddisha eyes [2nd REFRAIN:] Oi, Oi, Oi, those Yiddisha eyes! Benny had those Yiddisha eyes That shone so bright, with an Israel light Eyes that could tell a diamond in the night Oi, Oi, Oi, those Yiddisha eyes! Benny had those Yiddisha eyes! He said, "Farewell," the teardrops fell From his Yiddisha eyes
[1st VERSE:] Last winter Liza Snow Picked up a book called Romeo She read a page or so Then hunted for a man Soon she was dreaming of A beau who cooed just like a dove A man who sho' could love Like a Romeo can She wandered out one night Beneath the pale moonlight And sang with all her might This ancient cry [REFRAIN:] Where art thou, Romeo My colored Romeo The balcony wants to see he and she, you and me Come out and pet your colored Juliet Don't linger, do it now Come kiss my fevered brow Shakespear's love come and show me, colored Romeo [2nd VERSE:] Miss Liza's father Joe Did not approve of Romeo But Liza loved him so They ran off in a car They made a mile or three In almost nothing, don't you see The auto struck a tree Then they didn't go far Miss Liza from the ground Kept gazing all around Her beau could not be found So Liza cried
[1st VERSE:] Honey, there's something buzzin' 'round my heart Something that must be satisfied My dearie See that Morris chair Standing over there There's some room to spare Now for some love prepare Make yourself comf'table before we start Tie yourself right up to my side Sing me that lovin' song that goes something like Ummm, umm, umm, umm [REFRAIN:] Cuddle and squeeze me honey Lead me right to Cupid's door Take me out upon that ocean called the "Lovable Sea" Fry each kiss in honey, then present it to me Cuddle and please me honey Anchor at that kissing shore My honey, stop, stop, stop, stop, don't dare to stop Come over and love me some more [2nd VERSE:] Hon' did I hear you say you're going home? Just 'cause the clock is striking nine My dearie That clock at its best Is an hour fast Eight o'clock just past Stay, let the party last Surely you wouldn't leave me all alone Just for to satisfy the time Sing me that lovin' song that goes something like Ummm, umm, umm, umm
[1st VERSE:] Miss Lena Kraussmeyer with hair red as fire Last Saturday went to a ball There stood Mister Herman, a sweet little German The best that was dressed in the hall The music played dances like ragtime and lanciers But no one would go on the floor So quickly the band played a waltz that was grand A waltz that made sweet Lena roar [REFRAIN:] Herman let's dance to the tune of that beautiful waltz Now listen you German, I'm talking to you I'll do something dear you don't want me to do So come on take a chance and I'll know that your love isn't false A feeling that's healing comes stealing while spieling That beautiful, beautiful waltz [2nd VERSE:] I heard that a coon who heard Mendelssohn's tune Kissed the first man she saw, if it's true That very same feeling I feel on me stealing And Herman I'm looking at you So close both your eyes, make believe you ain't wise Only pucker your lips into place Think of five hundred meld or a sweet Anna Held While I kiss the hole in your face
[1st VERSE:] You all have your favorite masters The kind what music give Did you ever, ever meet my lovin' piano man No? then you've yet to live He sits on his stool like a king on the throne And plays and plays with ease Why the melody just nestles in his finger tips And oozes out in the keys [REFRAIN:] Piano man Piano man He brings forth notes like no one can Oh what a feelin' When his notes come a-stealin' why I just feel like kneelin' and appealin' to my Piano man Piano man Lawdy how his music lingers May the Heaven bless his fingers When he plays for days and days It soothes me like a fan Just lend your ear, dear, here, near to my ever lovin' piano man [2nd VERSE:] You've listened to Verdi's music Beethoven's classy tune I'm alludin' to the fellows with the hair as long As a rainy afternoon They all needed love to inspire their notes Be it the spring or fall But my piano man, just have him meet a piano grand Then listen, Umm, Umm, that's all
[1st VERSE:] Innocent Bessie landed in the city From Kankakee the sights to see Fellows looked at her saying what a pity She's from the farm meaning no harm Ev'ry maiden, ev'ry gent When discussing she Said she must be innocent 'Cause she came from Kankakee [REFRAIN:] Innocent Bessie Brown Wanted to see the town Met upon the Avenue one afternoon fair A fellow who said, "'Aven't you an hour to spare?" So pretty Innocent Bessie Brown Went for an hour in town And when the day was breaking they were still partaking Of some fizzes of gin that fizzed within Innocent Bessie Brown [2nd VERSE:] Bessie was stopping with her second cousin Who was a beaut, cunning and cute Fellows would call upon her by the dozen Innocent Bess never could guess Where her cousin got such toys Diamonds more or less 'Twasn't long before the boys Made a jew'lry store out of Bess [2nd REFRAIN:] Innocent Bessie Brown Dressed in a country gown Bessie Brown was lonesome for a diamond or two But since she met the city she could loan some to you And she was Innocent Bessie Brown Lived in a country town When Missus Morgan chubby, missed her darling hubby She began talking war while hunting for Innocent Bessie Brown
[1st VERSE:] Once I got stuck on a sweet little German And oh what a German was she The best that was walking, well what's the use talking Was just made to order for me So lovely, and witty, more yet she was pretty You don't know until you have tried She had such a figure, it couldn't be bigger And there was some more yet beside [REFRAIN:] Oh how that German could love With a feeling that came from the heart She called me her honey, her angel, her money She pushed ev'ry word out so smart She spoke like a speaker, and oh what a speech Like no other speaker could speak Ach my what a German when she kissed her Herman It stayed on my cheek for a week [2nd VERSE:] This girl could squeeze, and it never would hurt For that lady knew just how to squeeze Her loving was killing, more yet she was willing You never would have to say please I just couldn't stop her, for dinner and supper Some kisses and hugs was the food When she wasn't nice it was more better twice When she's bad she was better than good [2nd chorus] Oh how that German could love With a sweetness that's sweeter than sweet Just say what you please, you would hug and you'd squeeze Just the shoes that she wore on her feet Her smile was like money that somebody owed you That somebody wanted to give When you felt like dying and she started sighing Ach my it was worthwhile to live [3rd VERSE:] Sometimes we'd love for a week at a time And it only would seem like a day How well I remember, one night in December I felt like the middle of May I'll bet all I'm worth that when she came on earth All the angels went out on parade No other one turned up, I think that they burned up The pattern from which she was made [3rd REFRAIN:] Oh how that German could love With a love like you see in a play When she said, "My dear," it would ring in my ear For a year, and a week and a day Her no was like yes, and her yes was like no It was something like yes, it was, well When we got together ach donner und vetter 'Twas love with a capital "L"
[1st VERSE:] Nellie Brown, stenographer Working on the second floor Writing letters for a man named Kelly Kelly's wife, a lady thin Calls around, is ushered in Sees her husband fondly kiss Miss Nellie Next morning Kelly whispered in Nell's ear She left the office singing loud and clear [REFRAIN:] I'm going on a long vacation Oh you railway station First in years so give three cheers Yea bo, yea, hurray, hurray Ev'rybody in creation Needs some recreation My boss guessed I need some rest Yea, I'm going away [2nd VERSE:] Nellie told the office boy He replied with shrieks of joy Then went in and said to Mister Kelly "Nellie told me where she'd go I can tell your wife you know Don't you think I better go with Nellie?" Next week the office boy and Nellie Brown Were holding hands and singing out of town
[1st VERSE:] The sunbeams have taken their flight The day slowly turned into night All nature's at rest The birds in their nest Sleep on 'neath the moon's silv'ry light The shadows of eve ease my heart For now that we've drifted apart I find joys anew while dreaming of you Dreams that can ne'er come true [REFRAIN:] Dreams, just dreams My beautiful golden dreams It seems my dreams Are missives of sweet consolation Each dream I dream Turns gloom to a bright sunbeam Since the love that I gave Found a grave, all I crave Is dreams, just dreams [2nd VERSE:] I wake with the morning my dear The sun up above shining clear The flowers seem gay to welcome the day A day that will seem like a year My goal is a land so it seems Where night never turns to sunbeams The world I would give to go there and live Live with my golden dreams
[1st VERSE:] You know how you feel when your rich Uncle dies And leaves you a lot and a house? Well, that's how I felt when I first met Miss Lena Sweet little neat Lena Kraus I just hate to think how she came in my life Like a landlord what comes for the rent The rent was my heart when she took it apart Just how she came she went [1st REFRAIN:] Oh, when I think of my Lena My face turns so white just like starch The hand organs play pretty love songs all day But to me it's just plain fun'ral march It's bad to be sad, to be glad when you're sad Can't be did as you all must agree If you feel like I feel and you hear my appeal Oh! bring back my Lena to me [2nd VERSE:] I cry when I think what a woman she was What cost dollars she bought for a cent When she broke a glass why it wouldn't be broke Ach! no, it would only be bent To cry over milk that's been spilt isn't good But the feeling that I'm feeling now It wasn't just one glass of milk that I spilt When Lena went, then went the cow [2nd REFRAIN:] Oh, when I think of my Lena I think of a girl who could cook Some sweet sauerkraut that would swim in your mouth Like the fishes that swim in the brook When I think of a meal that was real I just feel Like a ship with no sail on the sea There's no tears in my eyes, but my appetite cries Oh! bring back my Lena to me
[1st VERSE:] In the days of fairy tales, most any wish was granted Granted by some fairy brave Let's suppose a fairy rose in fairy clothes from head to toes And granted us the wish we'd crave Would you wish for diamonds, or would you wish for pearls Would you wish to rule the land and sea Would you wish a crown to rest upon your golden curls? The maiden sweetly answered "Not for me" [REFRAIN:] I'd wish for a night in June A silv'ry moon real soon A moon that makes you want to spoon And softly croon love's tune Then a tree that I could trust A bench that holds just two Then I'd wish for Cupid's loving dish And then I'd wish for you [2nd VERSE:] Why should I profess to sigh for precious pearls and diamonds When my ev'ry sigh means you? All the gold the world may hold its wealth untold, I would unfold To hold a place that just holds two Hold a place that holds a face, that holds a case of bliss And that case of bliss would hold you too Such a place would make me trace upon your face a kiss The fellow answered, "Here's just what I'd do:
[1st VERSE:] Abie darling dear, can't you hear very clear They're playing that Kazzatsky dance Cohen with his hand leads the band Ain't it grand I tell you Abie take a chance Take me by the wrist with your fist, make a twist Or else I'll go right in a trance Come and give your baby just one glance And we'll do that Yiddisher dance [REFRAIN:] Oi, that Kazzatsky dance It makes me lose my sense Come and get handy, it's dandy, dandy Kiss me Kid, I'm candy Oi, that Kazzatsky dance I'm going in a trance I love my ham and cabbage kid But Oi, that Yiddisher That Yiddisher Oi, that Kazzatsky dance [2nd VERSE:] Abie hurry up, take your time, hurry up I want to dance fast, please go slow Darling run away, better stay, while they play Because I hate you, love you so Look at what you did, oh you kid in the lid I'm going crazy like a loon Make some spooning with a silver spoon While they play that Yiddisha tune