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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.

I Wants To Be The Leading Lady

I Wants To Be The Leading Lady

Year 1901

Words by George Totten Smith and George Fairman

Shapiro, Bernstein and Von Tilzer
45 W. 28th Street
New York

  First Verse
Miss Arabella Snow, upon the stage would go, a man engaged her 'cause she was good looking, at fifteen dollars "per." said she "Excuse me sir, for leading roles of course with you I'm booking," "The leading lady, eh?" said he "well in this play, you'll lead the march and say, the coach is waiting," to Arabella Snow, it was an awful blow but she replied with smile most captivating.

Second Verse
She quickly won his heart, and got the leading part, to star her in the piece was his intention, until one day he met, a frolic-some soubrette, and straight away he paid her marked attention, he gave her every song, he made her parts so strong, that Arabella's part was just a "feeder," then Arabella Snow said, "That soubrette must go we've got one leading lady so don't need her."

Chorus
I wants to be the leading lady, I wants to play the real star parts, make no mistake man, I knows how to act if you give me a chance you will see it's a fact, I'll make Bernhardt look like thirty cents. I wants to be the leading lady, I don't want no thinking part that's shady, I've got to have all the comedy lines and the center of the stage where the calcium shines, I wants to be the leading lady."

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In The Land O' Yamo Yamo (Funiculi, Funiculi, Funicula)

In The Land O' Yamo Yamo (Funiculi, Funiculi, Funicula)

Year 1917

Words by Joe McCarthy
Music by Fred Fisher

McCarthy and Fisher Inc.
148 W. 45th Street
New York, NY.

  First Verse
There's a place that you never can trace in Geography, come on with me, come on and see, if you haven't been there I'm sure you'll declare that you ought to be it's so much like old Napoli.

Second Verse
Wine and song are flowing along like a melody, in Napoli, come on with me, the girls are fair and everything there is in harmony It's the one place on Earth to be.

Chorus
In the land o' Yamo, Yamo, Funiculi, Funiculi, Funicula Lights are blinking, while you're drinking, it's the place where the goodfellows are, Good bye to all your sorrows, you never hear them talk about war, in the land of Yamo, Yamo, Funiculi, Funiculi, Funicula.

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Georgette

Georgette

Year 1922

Words by Lew Brown
Music by Ray Henderson

Shapiro, Bernstein and Co. Inc.
Broadway and 47th Street
New York

  First Verse
Right across the way from me in apartment forty three every night I always see such a funny pair he's a bashful Romeo and she loves to tease him so he sighs, oh! how he cries each time she rolls her eyes:

Second Verse
Every night it's just the same and I think that it's a shame cause she plays the same old game but he doesn't care when he starts to fuss and pout she just tries to put him out he's sore, gets to the door and then he sings once more

Chorus
Georgette, Georgette, I'm as wild as can be I'm all upset 'cause you're teasing me My ma, my pa, my whole family they scold me, they told me you've got a kick like T.N.T. , I eat, I sleep, but not like I should Oh! me, Oh! my, why can't you be good? Once I was gentle and meek now I'm as wild as the Sheik I'll get you yet, Georgette.

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That's How I Need You

That's How I Need You

Year 1912

Words by Joe McCarthy and Joe Goodwin
Music by Al. Piantadosi

Leo Feist Inc.
134 W. 37th Street
New York, NY.

  First Verse
Sometimes when someone needs something, something to make someone glad, why couldn't something help someone, Why should that someone be sad? You are the something I mean, dear, I am the someone so blue, Love is so hard to explain dear, I only know that I need you.

Second Verse
Something could change someone's world, dear, Something could brighten the sky, something could make someone happy, if something only would try. Someone is waiting and hoping, hoping to have someone near, I am the someone, who's waiting, you are the something so dear.

Chorus
Like the roses need their fragrance, like a sweetheart needs a kiss, like the summer needs the sunshine, like a laddie needs a miss; like a broken heart needs gladness, like the flowers need the dew, like a baby needs its mother, that's how I need you.

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The Eyes Of The World

The Eyes Of The World

Year 1914

Words By Jeff Branen
Music By Arthur Lange

Joe Morris Music Co.
145 W. 45th Street
New York

  First Verse
Oh it's great to be great and be something in the eyes of the world; you proclaim when a name to the eyes of all the world is unfurled. Not for me; can't you see I am longing for a land night and day; for a place on the face of this world of ours where we both can hide away.

Second Verse
There's a land that is grand! I can see it every night in my dreams, Over the sea, here to me, comes the fragrance of its flowers, so it seems. Loving time, loving clime, where the roses are in bloom all the while! Let us fly, you and I, on our honey moon, to that far enchanted Isle.

Chorus
The eyes of the world, won't you take me from the eyes of the world? You know that I want to be, want to be free; take me to a lonely island far over the sea. We can live there alone. We can start a little kingdom of our own, where we can love all the day, far far away, far from the eyes of the world

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My Little Persian Rose

My Little Persian Rose

Year 1912

Words by Edgar Allan Woolf
Music by Anatol Friedland

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
I've seen flowers rare growing everywhere, but I've never seen a rose like you. From your haunt if I could tear you right up on my heart I'd wear you and no one could ever share you, I would be so true. But roses are like love and they fade as fast with all the storms that blow; love can't ever last. I'll shield you from all harms I'm mad about your charms I'll hold you in my arms till all dangers passed.

Second Verse
When the fall draws near and the world looks drear and the roses start to droop and fade, I will wrap you completely in my loving arms so neatly that you'll keep on blooming sweetly, so don't be afraid when winter comes along with its frost and snows, and an icy blanket then over the world it throws. Little "Bride-Rose" have no fear, for the spring will then be near to bring us rosebuds, dear little Persian Rose.

Chorus
My little Persian Rose, nobody knows how I love you. Oh pretty flower, here in your bower, with love I'll shower you every hour a garden just for two I'm sure will do for me and you, Dearie, I'm wild about you, can't live without you, my little Persian Rose.

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Three Wonderful Letters From Home

Three Wonderful Letters From Home

Year 1918

Words by Joe Goodwin and Ballard MacDonald

Music by James F. Hanley

Shapiro, Bernstein and Co.
224 West 47th Street
New York

  First Verse
Three letters left a village bound for somewhere over there, three letters to a lonesome soldier lad each one a loving story told, each one was worth its weight in gold three messages that made his poor heart glad:

Second Verse
Each word was like a soft caress that soothed his aching heart, and drove away the misery and the pain then joy returned to take their place and brought a vision of each face as over and over he read their words again:

Chorus
For the first was just old fashioned, and it breathed a mother's prayer while the next one started "Darling, God protect you over there," and the third was filled with kisses, send to Daddy across the foam, from his mother, wife and baby, three wonderful letters from home.

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