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Halcyon Days Music contains a collection of Early American Music and Vintage Songs from the early 1900s, 1910s and 1920s.

Our archive of vintage music contains a wide assortment of Early American Music and Popular Songs in MIDI music format which you can download and listen to on your computer at home. Each vintage song is accompanied with its vintage sheet music cover and music lyrics.

My Sweet Egyptian Rose

My Sweet Egyptian Rose

Year 1917

Words by Edgar Allan Woolf
Music by Anatol Friedland

Jos. W. Stern and Co.
Mark Stern Building
102-104 W. 38th St.
New York

  First Verse
In love's garden filled with flowers rare, There is one that I love the best. There are roses growing ev'ry-where, Still I'd choose you from all the rest. And my love will never let you fade, Flowers all need such tender care, Queen of all roses, that I've ever seen, You're the only one I ever wear.

Second Verse
All the pansies and lilies fair, Used to win me with their charms, Heliotropes and dahlias so rare, They all thrilled me with love's sweet balms. But my dear, the moment I saw you, All the others seemed just like weeds, Love's sweetest symbol, sent from up above, None but Cupid could e'er plant such seeds.

Chorus
My sweet Egyptian Rose, Each fragrant breeze that blows, Seems to bring a message, dear, from you, Each little star at night That shed its silv'ry light Reflects the ardor of my love so true. The dainty Mignonette, The modest violet, I'll forget each one of them for you, dear, In Egypt's bower, There's just one flower, Egyptian Rose, that's you.

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Turkish Trophies (An Oriental Rag)

Turkish Trophies (An Oriental Rag)

Year 1906

Music by Sara B. Egan

Will Rossiter
Chicago, Illinois

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Bombay (A Hindoo Enchantment)

Bombay (A Hindoo Enchantment)

Year 1907

Music by Dorothy Jardon

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
Detroit and New York

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Temptation Rag

Temptation Rag

Year 1909

Music by Henry Lodge

M. Witmark and Sons
New York

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I've Lost You So Why Should I Care

I've Lost You So Why Should I Care

Year 1916

Music and Words by Richard Howard

Daly Music Publisher
665 Washington St.
Boston, Mass.

  First Verse
The beautiful story is ended, Our wonderful romance is through, And I might have known it was only a dream For it all seemed too good to be true. For the wrongs that we do we must suffer, And that's just the reason we met, You came that I might make atonement Through you I must pay ev'ry debt.

Second Verse
We bring nothing in the world with us, We can take nothing out when we go, So why should we care if we live or we die, When our gladness is turned into woe. I'll be glad when my sad life is over, When they lay me away to my rest, For while I must live broken hearted The worst can be only the best.

Chorus
Oh why should I care what becomes of me now I had nothing to live for but you Oh why should I care if I fall by the way When I know that no longer you're true My sorrow is sending me down to my grave 'Tis greater than I can bear, If they bar me away, from heaven some day, I've lost you so why should I care.

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All The World Will Be Jealous Of Me

All The World Will Be Jealous Of Me

Year 1917

Words by Al Dubin
Music by Ernest R. Ball

M. Witmark and Sons
New York

  First Verse
I was jealous and hurt When your lips kissed a rose, Or your eyes from my own chanced to stray; I have tried all in vain Many times to propose, Now at last I've found courage to say:

Second Verse
Let's suppose that the lips I found kissing a rose Were to tell me to look in your eyes, if I'd find there a light that for me only glows, More and more would my heart realize;

Chorus
The roses all envy the bloom on your cheek, And the sun even envies your smile; The birds in the wildwood are stilled when you speak, Their songs don't seem half worth the while. The light in your eyes makes the bright stars grow pale, They're jealous as jealous can be; But when one word or sign tells them all you are mine, All the world will be jealous of me!

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Another Rag

Another Rag

Year 1911

Words by D. A. Esrom
Music by Theodore Morse

Theodore Morse Music Co.
167-9 Broadway
New York City

  First Verse
What's that tune I'm hearing everywhere? What's that sound a floating in the air? What's that music all the brass bands play? Hear it in the morning every night and day. 'Taint like music Mister Wagner wrote, Got a funny, sneaky minor note, if you ask what they are playing, Everybody will be saying, "It's another rag, that's all"

Second Verse
That's some tune, it's got some feeling too You don't know just what has happened to you. Starts you jumping like a big jumping Jack sending chills a running up and down your back It's a lovey dovery sort of a strain Make you do things that you can't explain When the violins are scraping, Then you'll know there's no escaping, From another raggy rag.

Chorus
Another rag, another raggy rag, Another tune to set you spoony soon, Another crazy tune, another lazy tune, It's a slippy, dippy, creepy, sleepy "get you going rag, Another strain, another raggy strain, A hum and buzz just like a Pullman train stop! (stop) look! (look) Come on and listen, That's it! (That's that) Don't you know what that is? Why, that's another rag,a raggy rag.

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I've Lived, I've Loved, I'm Satisfied (What More Is There To Say?)

I've Lived, I've Loved, I'm Satisfied (What More Is There To Say?)

Year 1919

Words by Lew Brown and Ben Barnett
Music by Albert Von Tilzer

Broadway Music Corporation
145 West 45th St.
New York

  First Verse
I found that life is worth living, That hope is rewarded some day. I thought I'd never find happiness, But at last it has come my way.

Second Verse
Some people long for great riches, For glory, some others will try. Heaven has blessed me with something that All the gold in the world can't buy.

Chorus
I longed for a wonderful sweetheart, 'Twas then dear that I met you. I dreamed of a cottage with roses, My dream of that cottage came true. I prayed for the love of a baby And my prayers were answered one day. I've lived, I've loved, I'm satisfied What more is there to say.

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I'm Going Back To Carolina

I'm Going Back To Carolina

Year 1913

Words and Music by Billy Downs and Ernie Erdman

Harold Rossiter Music Company
Chicago

  First Verse
Don't ask me why I'm leaving, You see I'm not grieving, I'm really feeling grand, I'm waiting for the train dear, that takes me back again dear, To sweet old Dixieland. I'm thru with all the bright lights, The Cafes and the white lights, The hurly burly noise of old Broadway I hear that engine puffing, Believe me I'm not bluffing, good bye, I'm on my way.

Second Verse
I'm glad that I'm returning, For years I have been yearning, To see my home again. I seem to hear the crickets a chirping in the thickets Way down in lover's lane, It makes me feel like yelling, Ma's homemade pies I'm smelling Oh gee, I'm just as happy as can be I'll feel a grand sensation When I see my home station, I'm on my way, fare thee

Chorus
I'm going back, back, back to Carolina That's where I belong I'm going back, to Carolina And join the Dixie throng, come along come along I know the folks will all be glad to see me Just for Auld Lang Syne Here comes my train, ding, dong, Toot - toot, Farewell, so long I'm going back to Carolin'.

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Plantation Melodies Medley Of Southern Airs

Plantation Melodies Medley Of Southern Airs

Year 1905

Arranged by Eugene Walter and Fred Heltman

McKinley Music Co.
Chicago, New York

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