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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.

Hiawatha's Melody Of Love

Hiawatha's Melody Of Love

Year 1920

Words by Alfred Bryan and Artie Mehlinger
Music by Geo. W. Meyer

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
Where the summer skies tenderly Kiss the pines that rise slenderly By a forest stream Indian lovers came to dream 'Neath the moon aglow In the long ago They sang of love sweet and low

Second Verse
Hiawatha roamed tearfully Gazed up on the spot fearfully On a moss bound throne Hiawatha that pined alone Willow boughs bent low From them seemed to flow Music to banish his woe

Chorus
And the song they sang was Hiawatha's melody Just a golden memory Of the days that used to be As they sat entranced beneath the weeping tree Every leaf up above seemed to tremble with love And the evening breeze sang Hiawatha's melody Sang it sweet and tenderly Like a lover's rosary Now the song birds in Spring still remember and sing Hiawatha's melody of love.

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Where Is My Wandering Girl Tonight?

Where Is My Wandering Girl Tonight?

Year 1914

Words and Music by: Dave Manley

Hugo Hamlin
Boylston Building
Boston, Mass.

  First Verse
The scene is a lonely cottage that once was bright and gay Where a mother dear is waiting for the girl that went away Each minute seemed an hour, each hour seems a year, each moment brings a thought of her, each thought just brings a tear, Tears mingle with her sighs Where is my girl she cries.

Second Verse
Just think of you darling mother Just think of her tonight Return if you are wandering Her love is your guiding light No matter what the past dear, No matter what the shame, What even if the world does jeer, She loves you just the same, Leave all the glare and light She prays for you tonight.

Chorus
Where is my wandering girl tonight Oh where oh where can she be She left the old home for the bright city lights, Please send her back to me Tell her I am growing old And I soon will pass away For there's no place like home Oh where is my girlie my child tonight.

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When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose

When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose

Year 1918

Words by Marian Gillespie
Music by Florence Methven

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
New York City

  First Verse
Deep in my heart I hold for you, A tender thought, so sweet and true, Nobody knows but this little rose, I give you.

Second Verse
I give my love sweetheart to you, Hid in a rose, so safe, secure, Trusting you'll know, for ever and aye, 'Twill endure.

Chorus
Dear little rose, with your heart of gold, Dear little rose, may your petals fold, My secret sweet I will trust you to keep, Deep in your heart 'twill repose. No one will know what your leaves conceal, No one will guess what they could reveal, You will know then, that I love you dear, When you look in the heart of a rose.

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Where The Black-Eyed Susans Grow

Where The Black-Eyed Susans Grow

Year 1917

Words by Dave Radford
Music by Richard A. Whiting

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
Detroit and New York

  First Verse
I know a plain old fashioned farmhouse down a pretty little lane Where yellow daisies make a pathway to the fields of golden grain. There a little girl is waiting where I found her years ago; Something tells me that I'm welcome where the Black-eyed Susans grow.

Second Verse
Her daddy's just a plain old farmer, mother's just a farmer too; they surely raised some pretty Daisy when they raised my little Sue. You may have your pretty Roses, Violets and Pansies too; you can keep your snow white Lilies, I will leave them all for you.

Chorus
I'm going back to a shack where the Black-eyed Susans grow I love 'em so, they're all around on the ground where I found the one I know so long ago. The honey bees all know I'm comin', I seem to hear them softly hummin', "You'll be losin' your little Susan, you'd better be getting busy buzzin' around." To stroll again down the lane to the plain old rustic seat will be a treat, and then I'll bring out the ring for the finger of my sweet, She's mighty sweet. And when I'm tied to the pride of the country side maybe I'll introduce you to my corn fed bride, when I come back from the shack where the Black-eyed Susans grow.

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For The Sake Of Auld Lang Syne

For The Sake Of Auld Lang Syne

Year 1922

Words by Geo. Graff Jr. and Annelu
Music by Ernest R. Ball

M. Witmark and Sons
No. 7 Witmark Building
New York
  First Verse
The pain will come back tomorrow, but I want to forget tonight so for old time's sake, won't you still the ache and bring back love's sunshine so bright?

Second Verse
If memries no longer thrill you, and your heart has forgotten all, then because I care, give me just one share of happiness I can recall.

Chorus
For the sake of "Auld Lang Syne" take me in your arms again while my heart pretends we're the same old friends, and forgets for awhile its pain. Only kiss me, and I'll remember once again for a moment you're mine If once more you'll be what you were to me for the sake of Auld Lang Syne.

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Those Good Old Days Back Home

Those Good Old Days Back Home

Year

Words by Joe McCarthy
Music by Jimmie Monaco

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
232 W. 40th Street
New York

  First Verse
I left my sweetheart in old New Hampshire, waving to my train, I sort of reckoned that old New Hampshire would never see me again; I got "kinder" tired of my home town, had a lot of silly dreams, mighty disappointed looking 'round, this life ain't what it seems.

Second Verse
My heart is sighing now for the good old days back home, I'm crying now, I was foolish kid to roam, you could live around the city years or more, and never get acquainted with the folks next door. Way back home you rise at dawning, you meet a stranger and he'll say "Good Mornin'," I'm longing now for the fields, I used to plow, I want to see the bumble bees a buzzin' 'round the comb. (I've been a drone) and in the homestead on the hill, I wonder if they're waiting still, Oh, my heart is sighing, and I'm just dying for the good old days back home. Maple syrup flowing from the shady maple trees, hear the rooster crowing, hear the humming of the bees, see the corn a waving in the fields of new mown hay, that is why I'm craving, why I'm leaving here today.

Chorus
My heart is sighing now for the good old days back home, I'm crying now, I was foolish kid to roam, you could live around the city years or more, and never even know the folks that live next door. Way back home you rise at dawning, you meet a stranger and he'll say "Good Mornin'," I'm sighing now for the fields, I used to plow, I want to see the bumble bees a buzzin' 'round the comb. (I've been a drone) I want to ride for miles, I'm through with butter cakes and Childs, Oh, my heart is sighing, and I'm just dying for the good old days back home.

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While The Stars In The Heavens Shine On

While The Stars In The Heavens Shine On

Year 1914

Words by Harry D. Kerr
Music by Henry W. Petrie

F. B. Haviland Pub. Co.
New Zealand Building
Broadway and 37th Street
New York

  First Verse
Heart of my heart you seem, dear, to doubt that my love is true; Sometimes I think you feel, dear, It may not all be for you, Doubt that the sun is shining, doubt that the sky is blue, doubt the whole world, if you will, dear, but doubt not my love for you:

Second Verse
Birds to their mates are singing, the song that they love to hear; each flow'r with sweetend perfume, speaks love to the one that's near, soul speaks to soul, the answer never has yet been wrong, this is love's message to you, dear, and this is my own love song:

Chorus
While the stars in heaven shine on! While the warm summer sun greets the dawn, the love that I give, will grow stronger and live, till the light of the world will be gone! With a heart that shall beat just for you, all my vows every day I'll renew tho' the ocean may dry, love like mine shall not die while the stars in the heavens shine on!

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Over The Hills To You

Over The Hills To You

Year 1921

Poem by Russell J. England
Music by Clay Smith

The Heidelberg Press
15th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA.

  Verse
I am coming back my darling Over the hills to you I am riding night and morning Over the hills to you The big red sun is sinking Of you, dear heart, I'm thinking When the light of dawn is gleaming I'll be over the hills with you I've been lonesome for you darling Longing to be with you I've been eager for the journey Over the hills to you Each milestone passed with yearning Marks a stage of my returning In strong arms of love I'll fold you When I'm over the hills with you.

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The Violet The Rose And You

The Violet The Rose And You

Year 1915

Words by Joe Hiller
Music by Geo. F. Olcott

E. J. Murray Music Co.
Pittsburgh and New York

  First Verse
The shades of night were falling and the sun had gone to rest, In dreams I seemed to see the one I've always loved the best; She stood among the roses where perfume filled the air, 'Twas the love light from her eyes so bright that put me in despair. The

Second Verse
The roses lose their splendor and they droop when you're away, The stars don't shine so brightly and I miss you more each day; You've made the world a garden of roses filled with love, You are all to me in this wide world, you're mine by the stars above. The

Chorus
Violet, the rose and You, dear, that I met in the garden of love, The moonlight, the sunshine, all came with you, you brighten the heavens above. Each rose seemed to tell a story of your love so fond and true, I need you, I want you, I love you forever, the Violet, the Rose and You.

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Dreaming Of Mother And Home Sweet Home

Dreaming Of Mother And Home Sweet Home

Year 1906

Words and Music by E. B. Holmes

The Colonial Music Pub. Co.
Boston, Mass.

  First Verse
When but a boy I wander'd from mother's fireside, To seek a world of pleasure, steer forth on fortune's tide: Beyond familiar places enchantment seem'd to gleam, But now I know it was a boyish dream. My mother tried to tell me my course would bring regret, But, like a boy, I thought she did not know, And tho' her lips are silent I well remember yet Her loving words of warning long ago. I'm

Second Verse
And now I want to tell you, in words both plain and true As through this world you travel, firm friends you'll find are few. Should sickness overtake you, misfortune to come, Your thoughts will turn to mother dear and home. For when your purse is empty and worthless friends depart, And you are in this wide, wide world alone, There's one who still remembers, with every yearning heart 'Tis mother in your dear, and distant home. I'm

Chorus
Dreaming of mother, of my own dear mother, And now there's no other To take her place with me. Now fate has bereft me, And no one is left me, I'm dreaming of mother and of Home Sweet Home.

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