1924

All Alone

[1st VERSE:]
Just like a melody that lingers on
You seem to haunt me night and day
I never realized till you had gone
How much I cared about you
I can't live without you

[REFRAIN:]
All alone
I'm so all alone
There is no one else but you

All alone 
By the telephone
Waiting for a ring
A ting-a-ling

I'm all alone ev'ry evening
All alone feeling blue

Wond'ring where you are
And how you are
And if you are
All alone too

[2nd VERSE:]
Just for a moment you were mine, and then
You seemed to vanish like a dream
I long to hold you in my arms again
My life is very lonely
For I want you only


Lazy

[1st VERSE:]
Ev'ry time
I see a puppy upon a summer's day
A puppy dog at play
My heart is filled with envy
That's because
My heart is yearning to pass the time away
Like that pup
'Cause I'm all fed up
And tho' it's wrong to be
I long to be

[REFRAIN:]
Lazy, I want to be lazy
I want to be out in the sun
With no work to be done

Under that awning they call the sky
Stretching and yawning
And let the world go drifting by

I want to peep through the deep tangled wildwood
Counting sheep 'til I sleep like a child would

With a great big valise full
Of books to read where it's peaceful
While I'm killing time being lazy

[2nd VERSE:]
Life is short
And getting shorter with each day that goes by
And how the time does fly
Before you know, it's over
That's why I'm
In such a hurry to pack my things and fly
To a spot
Where it's nice and hot
And hear the birdies sing
While I'm being


What'll I Do

[1st VERSE:]
Gone is the romance that was so divine
'Tis broken and cannot be mended
You must go your way and I must go mine
But now that our love dreams have ended

[REFRAIN:]
What'll I do
When you are far away
And I am blue
What'll I do

What'll I do
When I am wond'ring who
Is kissing you
What'll I do

What'll I do with just a photograph
To tell my troubles to

When I'm alone
With only dreams of you
That won't come true
What'll I do

[2nd VERSE:]
Do you remember a night filled with bliss?
The moonlight was softly descending
Your lips and my lips were tied with a kiss
A kiss with an unhappy ending


Music Box Revue of 1924

Alice in Wonderland

[1st VERSE:]
You know the tale of the girl who was sittin'
By the fire, with her kitten
It's a story that was written long ago
You know that she was about to retire
When the glass above the fire
Seemed to suddenly expire like the snow
You know when the way was cleared
That she disappeared 
Thro' the looking glass
You know that her name was Alice
So come along if you care
We'll take you there
You must prepare
To be a kiddie like you were when you read 
Of the girl who was sittin' by the fire with her kitten
In the story that was written long ago

[REFRAIN:]
Come along with Alice
Into wonderland

To the lovely palace
Where they're all so grand

See the funny people
Strolling hand in hand

Come along and pass through the looking glass
Into wonderland

[2nd VERSE (more or less):]
Come take a peep at the queer-looking duchess
With the rabbit in her clutches
Which is just about as mauch as he can stand
There's Tweedledum, Tweedledee, hear them prattle
All about the broken rattle
Tweedledee has got a battle on his hands
Look here, you can see the Walrus 
And there's the Carpenter by his side
Look there, at the little oysters
And Humpty Dumpty who'd fall
Down from the wall
That isn't all
You'll be delighted with the high-hatted man
Called the mad little hatter
Never mind about his patter
'Cause it really doesn't matter but it's grand


Call of the South, The

[VERSE:]
A gentle voice is calling me
I hear it night and day
It seems to whisper tenderly
You should be on your way
I'm going back without a doubt
To where my heart belongs
The land that Jolson sings about 
In all his "Mammy" songs

[REFRAIN:]
Southland
All night long your banjos ring in my ear
And I can hear the call of the Southland

Cornfields
Seem to say it's just the time of the year
Come on and hear the call of the South

I'll be so happy when I open the gate
To see my sweetie there who promised to wait
And then when I deliver 
The kiss I'm gonna give 'er
Trouble will drown way down in the Swanee River

Southland
I must go back to somebody I've missed
I can't resist the call of the South


Don't Send Me Back to Petrograd

[VERSE:]
Poor little immigrant feeling Oh, so sad
I came from Petrograd with ev'rything I had
Now that I'm over here they won't let me stay
That's why I'm so unhappy today
Please don't send me away

[1st REFRAIN:]
Don't send me back, I don't want to go back to Petrograd
Don't send me back, I don't want to go back to my hometown

There's millions of people on the shore
Why can't you make room for just one more
There's a boy that I love waiting out on the pier
How can I go when my heart is over here

Give me the chance that you gave all my friends from Petrograd
I want to be in the land of the free and settle down

That Liberty statue down the bay
Is looking right at you and seems to say
Oh! don't send her back
It's terrible in my hometown

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Don't send me back, I don't want to go back to Petrograd
Don't send me back, I don't want to go back to my hometown

The very best people that you know
Were foreigners not so long ago
When they came over here they were all immigrants
So were their cousins and their uncles and their aunts

Give me the chance that you gave all my friends from Petrograd
I want to be in the land of the free and settle down

I'll promise to work the best I can
I'll even wash sheets for the Ku Klux Klan
Oh! don't send me back
It's terrible in my hometown


Don't Wait Too Long

[1st VERSE:]
You may have a certain someone in mind
Someone that some day you're hoping to find
The one that you'll adore is worthwhile waiting for
But the rest of the world is mating while you sit there waiting
So

[REFRAIN:]
Don't wait too long
With your castles in the sky

Don't wait too long
While you're waiting, time will fly

Love songs are best when they're sung
In the Springtime when ev'rything's young
So 

Don't wait too long
Happiness may pass you by

[2nd VERSE:]
So much time is wasted waiting around
Just for someone who may never be found
And when the years have flown, you may be all alone
Looking back on the days you wasted, leaving life untasted
So


In the Shade of a Sheltering Tree

[VERSE:]
Here and there a loving pair will go and share 
A Morris chair to spoon
Jack and Jill preferred a hill and there's a thrill
Beneath the silv'ry moon
But there's only one place 
For a lover's embrace

[REFRAIN:]
In the shade of a sheltering tree
That's the place for a couple to be

You will find that they always agree
In the shade of a sheltering tree

All the tales Adam whispered to Eve
Mother Eve simply had to believe

What was hers was his 
The reason is they happen to be
In the shade of a sheltering tree


Listening

[1st VERSE:]
I'm so lonely, dear 
Lonely, waiting here
Waiting for you in the gloaming
While you're far away 
I long for the day
When you'll weary of your roaming

[REFRAIN:]
Listening, listening for you
All alone feeling kind o' blue

Listening 
For a knock upon the door
Growing weary waiting for
Your returning, yearning

Missing you more and more each day
Wanting you more than I can say

Because there is nothing else to do
Just a lonely thing
Listening for you

[2nd VERSE:]
How I long for you 
When the day is through
And the shades of night are falling
How I miss you dear 
For I want you near
And I seem to hear you calling


1925

Always

[1st VERSE:]
Ev'rything went wrong 
And the whole day long
I'd feel so blue
For the longest while
I forgot to smile
Then I met you
Now that my blue days have passed
Now that I've found you at last

[REFRAIN:]
I'll be loving you, always
With a love that's true, always

When the things you've planned
Need a helping hand
I will understand
Always, always

Days may not be fair, always
That's when I'll be there, always

Not for just an hour
Not for just a day
Not for just a year
But always

[2nd VERSE:]
Dreams will all come true
Growing old with you
And time will fly
Caring each day more
Than the day before
Till spring rolls by
Then when the springtme has gone
Then will my love linger on


(You Forgot to) Remember

[1st VERSE:]
One little kiss, a moment of bliss, then hours of deep regret
One little smile, and after a while, a longing to forget
One little heartache left as a token
One little plaything carelessly broken

[REFRAIN:]
Remember the night, the night you said, "I love you"
Remember

Remember you vowed by all the stars above you
Remember

Remember we found a lonely spot
And after I learned to care a lot

You promised that you'd forget me not
But you forgot to remember

[2nd VERSE:]
Into my dreams you wandered it seems, and then there came a day
You loved me too, my dreams had come true, and all the world was May
But soon the Maytime turned to December
You had forgotten, do you remember?


Cocoanuts, The (1925)

Lucky Boy

[1st VERSE:]
Your smiling face is an open book, young man
We know that look, young man
You must be oh, so happy
It's just a case of love that took, young man
There are quite a few who envy you

[1st REFRAIN:]
Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing
Lucky boy, will you give her a ring

Lucky boy, we suppose in the Spring
You will take your pride and joy

On a train and her leather suitcase
Will contain bits of satin and lace

It's as plain as the nose on your face
How we envy you, lucky boy

[2nd VERSE:]
I must confess that you pave the way for me
You really say for me
The things I want to tell you
You'll never guess what a lucky day for me
When I found that she had chosen me

[2nd REFRAIN:]
Lucky boy, she's a beautiful thing
Lucky boy, I'm as proud as a king

Lucky boy, when I give her the ring
Can't you see me jump with joy

With a cheer and a "whatta we care"
We'll appear in a bungalow where

In a year, maybe three of us there
How we envy you, lucky boy


Little Bungalow, A

[REFRAIN:]
A little bungalow an hour or so from anywhere
A little cozy nest, the kind that's best for two

Among the shady trees, with birds and bees, and lots of air
And just enough o' ground to fool around with you

Away from all the crowds we'll watch the clouds go drifting by
And when the moon above presents a lovely view

There'll be a room in blue, the one that you would occupy
It's understood that I would occupy it too


Florida by the Sea

[VERSE:]
Down in the land of the cocoanuts
Before the welcome season shuts
A million "million dollar nuts" will be found
Down in the land where the trees are tall
We're asking you to pay a call
And live where it is summer all the year 'round
Buy a lot, any piece that we've got 
Will increase ev'ry season
Ask us why ev'ryone wants to lie in the sun, there's a reason
One little ride in a Pullman car
A night and day and there you are
Come on, it's time you should be Florida bound

[REFRAIN:]
In the lovely land of Florida
Sunny Florida by the sea

All the sunshine in America
Is in Florida you'll agree

When they're freezing up north
Sneezing up north
Always it's July the Fourth 

In the lovely land of Florida
Sunny Florida by the sea


Monkey Doodle Doo!, The

[VERSE:]
Monkeys upon a tree never are very blue
They never seem to be under par that is true
Not like the ones you see on a bar in the zoo
Monkeys upon a tree do the Monkey Doodle Doo

[REFRAIN:]
Oh, among the mangoes where the monkey gang goes
You can see them do
The little Monkey Doodle Doo

Oh, a little monkey playing on his one key
Gives them all the cue
To do the Monkey Doodle Doo

Let me take you by the hand
Over to the jungle band
If you're too old for dancing
Get yourself a monkey gland
And then let's

Go, my little dearie, there's the Darwin theory
Telling me and you
To do the Monkey Doodle Doo


Everyone in the World is Doing the Charleston

[VERSE:]
I've been trav'ling far and wide
Over on the other side
And it's strange what a change is happ'ning all around
Years ago it used to be 
Shaking hands across the sea
Now we meet 
Shaking feet 
For this is what I found

[REFRAIN:]
Ev'ryone in the world is doing the Charleston
They do it in London, they do it in France

In Spain and Italy and in Germany they all Charleston
No matter how far you roam away from home 
You'll find them doing that dance

That certain step that was all the craze 
With those Lenox Avenue shieks 
Is being done by the Portuguese
The Armenians and the Greeks

Papers say that most ev'ry day there's a European who
Sprained his knee in the Charleston, Charleston
Because they're all doing it now