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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.

Lonesome Blues

Lonesome Blues

Year 1922

By Les Reis and Bob Casner

Joe Mittenthal Inc.
1591 Broadway
New York

  First Verse
I've been alone for awhile, I've seem'd to grow out of style, Now I start into realize, Believe me Boy I'm wise, No more stayin' at home, No more sittin' alone, I feel so awfly blue, And I'm lonesome too Cause

Second Verse
My imagination strays, Way back to those lonesome days I prayed the lord above For someone to love, Folks never heard my plea And took out neglected me They always passed me by That is why I cry Oh

Chorus
I've got the lonesome blues, I'm steppin' out and I refuse To sit by the fireside When I think of the chances that I lose I'll never stay at home While I can be listening to a saxophone, I'm going down and hear that band Just crooning melody grand You'll always find me there for All my friends I will lose If I've got the lonesome blues.

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The Vamp

The Vamp

Year 1919

By Byron Gay

Leo Feist Inc.
New York

  Refrain
Every body do the vamp, Vamp until you get a cramp; Grab your tootsie, hold her tight, While they're playing, just keep swaying, Do a little "what not" do a little fox trot, When you cuddle up don't fight. Vamp and swing a long, keep a doing it, Vamp and sing a song, don't you ruin it, Do a nifty step, with lots of "pep," And watch your reputation. Do a "Bumble Bee," buzz around a bit, Shake a wicked knee, she will fall for it, Vamp all night and day, Keep vamping till you vamp your cares away. Vamp and swing a long, keep a doing it, Vamp and sing a song, don't you ruin it, Do a nifty step, with lots of "pep," And watch your reputation. Do a "Bumble Bee," buzz around a bit, Shake a wicked knee, she will fall for it, Vamp all night and day, Keep vamping till you vamp your cares away. Ah! Vamp the little lady, vamp the little lady, vamp the little day, vamp the little lady, Ah! She will like it, maybe, she will like it, maybe, she will like it, maybe, oh, you pretty baby, Ah! Make it good and snap, make it good and snappy, make it good and snappy, make it good and snappy, Ah! Guess I got to go now, guess I go to go now, 'seve'rybody happy, 'sev'rybody happy, 'sev'rybody happy, sure. Good!

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Shadows Will Fade Away

Shadows Will Fade Away

Year 1919

Words by J. Keirn Brennan
Music by Bert Rule

M. Witmark and Sons
New York

  First Verse
When you came dear you bro't the sunshine in your smile; Since you left me Life is only shadows All the while.

Second Verse
Oh, how wondrous was any weather Where we strayed; Then the sunshine of a life together Seemed to fade.

Chorus
Shadows that come after all those days of laughter, Follow everywhere I stray; In the summery sunlight, Or the wintery midnight, There's nothing seems right, Since you wandered away. Who knows when we'll meet, dear? Shadows at my feet, dear, Whisper you'll return some day. When you will take me, From dreams awake me, Then all the shadows will fade away.

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Rio Nights

Rio Nights

Year 1920

Words by Elmer Vincent
Music by Fisher Thompson

Fisher Thompson Music Pub. Co.
New York City

  Verses
When night has fallen down in dear old Rio, Down in dreamy old Brazil; The stars begin to shine, and one that I call mine, Just waits for me, I know she loves me still. The fleecy clouds like mantles hide the hilltops, There beside the southern sea; At this bewitching hour Beneath an old rose bower, Somebody there is lonesome just for me. Rio nights are full of silent splendor, When the tropic moon is in the sky, I keep growing fonder, Every time I wander, With a maid who is so sweet and shy, Romantic Rio weaves a spell around you; Golden hours we spent so bright and gay, You just want to spoon, Parting comes too soon; When you linger down that Rio way. When night has fallen down in dear old Rio, Down in dreamy old Brazil; The one I call my own, Is now no more alone, I sit beside her there when all is still. The fleecy clouds like mantles hide the moonlight Out beyond the harbor lights; But at this wooing hour, We sit beneath our bower, United once again on Rio nights.

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Do You? Don't You? Will You? Won't You?

Do You? Don't You? Will You? Won't You?

Year 1909

Words by Eddy Eckels
Music by Leroy Stover

The Dumon Christopher Music Publishing House.
152-158 Lake St.
Chicago

  First Verse
Do you know my heart's aching, Wondering if you'll say no, Don't you see that it's breaking, Because I love you so, Will you give me a chance dear, Girlies like you are quite few, Won't you think dear how lonesome life is without a girl like you;

Second Verse
Do you remember kid days, You used to tease me then too, Don't you see with those kid ways, That you make me feel blue, Will you come close and whisper, That you've been teasing in fun, Won't you be mine for now I think it's time our hearts were made one;

Chorus
Do you, Don't you, Will you, Won't you Love me sweetheart dear, Can I, Can't I, Shall I, Shan't I with you be sincere, Will you, won't you love but me, Would you, could you, happy be, Do you? Don't you? Will you? Won't you love me tenderly?

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America, I Love You

America, I Love You

Year 1915

Words by Edgar Leslie
Music by Archie Gottler

Kalmar and Puck Music Co. Inc

  First Verse
A mid fields of clover, 'Twas just a little over a hundred years ago A handful of strangers, they faced many dangers to make their country grow It's now quite a nation of wond'rous population, And free from every king, It's your land, it's my land, A great do or die land, And that's why I sing.

Second Verse
From all sorts of places, They welcomed all the races to settle on their shore, They didn't care which one, The poor or the rich one They still had room for more To give them protection By popular election, A set of laws they chose, They're your laws and my laws, For your cause and my cause That's why this country rose.

Chorus
America, I love you, You're like a sweetheart of mine, From ocean to ocean, For you my devotion, is touching each bound'ry line, Just like a little baby Climbing it's mother's knee, America, I love you, And there's a hundred million other's like me.

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Eve Wasn't Modest Till She Ate That Apple (We'll Have To Pass The Apples Again)

Eve Wasn't Modest Till She Ate That Apple (We'll Have To Pass The Apples Again)

Year 1917

Words by Chas. McCarron
Music by Albert Von Tilzer

Broadway Music Corporation
145 W. 45th St.
New York

  First Verse
Everybody loves a girl who's modest, Everybody loves a girl who's shy, When a girl is modest and retiring You can bet she'll always get by Modesty began in the garden of Eden, In every book you'll find I'll admit it started in the Garden of Eden, But just bear this in mind.

Second Verse
Just suppose that every girl was modest, Just suppose that every girl was shy, There would be no dust when days are windy To blow right in the naughty man's eye We'd have better business in our marriage market, Each man would surely mate When they start proposing they can see what they're getting, That's why some hesitate.

Chorus
Eve wasn't modest till she at that apple That old apple to blame The minute that she ate it, she felt humiliated and hid behind the apple tree till darkness came If one little apple made the first girl modest, It ought to work now as well as then Once they only wore a leaf Clothes are getting just as brief, If every mother's daughter, wears dresses any shorter, We'll have to pass the apples again.

Chorus 2
Eve wasn't modest till she at that apple That old apple to blame The minute that she ate it, she felt humiliated and hid behind the apple tree till darkness came If one little apple made the first girl modest, It ought to work now as well as then Way back in the olden days Men were fooled by girlie ways, For then we never knew them, but now we see right through them, We'll have to pass the apples again.

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Beneath The Starry Flag (March and Two Step)

Beneath The Starry Flag (March and Two Step)

Year 1900

Composed by Jerome Hartman

Edward M. Koninsky and Bros.
1180 Broadway
New York City

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Billy (I Always Dream Of Bill)

Billy (I Always Dream Of Bill)

Year 1911

Words by Joe Goodwin
Music by Kendis and Paley

Kendis and Paley
1367 Broadway
New York City

  First Verse
Behold in me a maiden who is feeling sad, Yearning for a wedding day, It's just because I love a man I feel so bad, Now that he has gone away, Though I have his picture near, It can't love and call me dear, So I confess I'm hungry for some real live love, How I wish that Bill was here.

Second Verse
It seems some how each man I meet makes eyes at me, But it only makes me blue, And though each day a lot of handsome chaps I see, To my sweetheart I'll be true, I have kissed his picture till, It no longer looks like Bill, If he knew what was waiting for him he'd come home, Then my heart with joy he'd fill.

Chorus
For when I walk I always walk with Billy cause Billy knows just where to walk, And when I talk, I always talk with Billy, Cause Billy knows just how to talk, And when I dine I always dine with Billy, He takes me where I get my fill, And when I sleep and when I sleep, I always dream of Bill.

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