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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'm Going To Climb The Blue Ridge Mountains Back To You

I'm Going To Climb The Blue Ridge Mountains Back To You

Year 1918

Words by Robert Levenson
Music by George B. McConnell

D.W. Cooper Music Co.
224 Tremont St.
Boston Mass.

  First Verse
Somewhere in the Blue Ridge Mountains, far above the sad blue sea, somewhere there's a heart that's yearning, that is where I long to be. In my dreams you're near and yet so far, I'll come back to where you are.

Second Verse
I can see the love light gleaming, guiding me along the way to a little lonely cabin where I'll be with you for aye. As we sit beside the cabin door, I'll sing this refrain once more.

Chorus
I'm on my way back to you, like the mountains, dear, I know you're blue. Tho' the road is hard and long, still my love has grown so strong that I'd follow you the whole world through. Where the mountains and the skies above are bluer, I will find someone I know is truer than skies above, pretty mountains rose, doll up in your gingham clothes, I'm goin' to climb the Blue Ridge Mountains back to you.

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Every Road Leads Me Back To You

Every Road Leads Me Back To You

Year 1920

By George Mac Farlane, William Dunham and T. Leonard Coleman

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
There's a road that leads to happiness, there's a road that leads to pain I've traveled each and every one, alone and back again thru every dell and every dale and by way that we knew in rain or shine, the endless time, all lead me back to you

Second Verse
There's the road that leads to after years, there's the road that leads to home the one that runs thru loneliness, which many of us roam but hand in hand together, dear in stormy day or fair to the golden sunset of our lives, on the road that leads us there

Chorus
Every road seems to lead the way to the island of yesterday and down lovers lane we wandered again while the birds sing their same sweet lay and again it is you I woo Every flower remembers you too At the crossroads of time I'll still wish you were mine, every road leads me back to you.

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When You're A Long, Long Way From Home

When You're A Long, Long Way From Home

Year 1914

Words by Sam M. Lewis
Music by Geo. W. Meyer
Arranged by Clairmond Millette

Broadway Music Corporation
145 West 45th Street
New York

  First Verse
I know where the sun is shining I know where someone is pining just a simple pal a country gal I know she's true What's the use of tears and sighing after many years of trying guess I'm going home no more to roam I'm feeling blue.

Second Verse
When I leave this town I'll hurry where they never frown or worry when I say goodbye no one will sigh when I am gone give me back the brooks and clover with those shady nooks all over I could be content without a cent where I was born.

Chorus
When you're a long long way from home it makes you feel like you're alone its hard to find a pal that's true that you can tell your troubles to and when you send a letter home your mother's voice rings in your ears and then you cross the T's with kisses what a strange world this is, then you dot the I's with tears and all the sunshine turns to gloom when you're a long way from home.

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Where Did You Get That Girl?

Where Did You Get That Girl?

Year 1913

Words by Bert Kalmar
Music by Harry Puck

Kalmar and Puck Music Co.
152 West 45th Street
New York City

  First Verse
Lonesome Johnnie Warner, sitting in a corner of a swell cafe, eating his heart away because he had no girl, at another table, sat a girl named Mable with a fellow who Johnnie knew and his brain began to whirl The girl had caught his eye and John began to cry.

Second Verse
Johnnie found a corker, started in to walk her down the avenue. Down to the parson who would make them man and wife, Parson Lee received him, and when he relieved him of the marriage fee Parson Lee said never on my life, have I seen such a miss say Johnnie tell me this.

Chorus
Where did you get that girl? Oh! you lucky devil. Where did you get that girl? tell me on the level Have you ever kissed her, if she has a sister lead me, lead me, lead me to her mister Gee! I wish that I had a girl I'd love 'er I'd love ER Oh goodness how I'd love ER If you can find another, I'll take her home to mother, Where! Where! Where did you get that girl?

Chorus 2
Where did you get that girl? Oh! you lucky devil. Where did you get that girl? tell me on the level Have you ever kissed her, if she has a sister lead me, lead me, lead me to her mister Gee! I wish that I had a girl I'd love ER I'd love ER Oh goodness how I'd love ER If she's here long I'm liable to give away my bible, Where! Where! Where did you get that girl?

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That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (Mendelssohn Rag)

That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (Mendelssohn Rag)

Year 1909

Words and Music by Irving Berlin

Ted Snyder Co.
112 West 38th Street
New York City

  First Verse
Honey listen to that dreamy tune they're playin', won't you tell me how on earth you keep from swayin'? Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn Spring Song tune; If you ever loved me show me now or never, Lord, I wish they'd play that music on forever, Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn tune. My honey,

Second Verse
Don't you stand there, honey, can't you hear me sighin'? Is you gwine to wait until I'm almost dyin'? Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn Spring Song tune; Get yourself acquainted with some real live wooin', Make some funny noises like there's something doin', Umm! Umm! Oh, that Mendelssohn tune. My honey,

Chorus
Love me to that ever lovin' Spring song melody, Please me, honey, squeeze me to that Mendelssohn strain, Kiss me like you would your mother, One good kiss deserves another, That's the only music that was ever meant for me, That tantalizin,' hypnotizin,' mesmerin' Mendelssohn tune.

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The Green Grass Grew All Around

The Green Grass Grew All Around

Year 1912

Words by William Jerome
Music by Harry Von Tilzer

Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co.
125 West 43rd Street
New York City

  First Verse
Little Johnnie Green, Little Sallie Brown spooning in the park with the grass all around, Underneath a tree, they were making love, gazing at the silver stars above, John said "Sallie our love will grow, I've got money said Sal, you know, And if you will share my lot I'll give you all I've got."

Second Verse
Head upon his breast Little Sallie Brown Cooche, Cooche Coo with the grass all around, now and then a kiss, then a loving sigh, what would popsey do if ma should die, John said Sallie when we are wed, I'll bring breakfast to you in bed, Come on dear just one more squeeze Give me your bank book please.

Third Verse
After they were wed, I can cook she said Fried a piece of steak with the grass all around, made some biscuits too, which poor Johnnie ate, Doctor, came, but then it was too late, John delirious starts to rave, three days after he's in his grave, All his happy days are gone, home cooking killed poor John!

Chorus
And the green grass grew all around, all around, all around, and each little bird in the tree top high said "Oh you Kid" and winked his eye, and the green grass grew all around, all around, on the ground, with all your gold my turtle dove, said he "How can you doubt my love?" and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around.

Chorus 2
And the green grass grew all around, all around, all around, and each little bird in the tree top high sang "Oh you Kid" "You're some wise guy!" and the green grass grew all around, all around, on the ground, John fancied he heard some one say, there's always one born every day, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around.

Chorus 3
And the green grass grew all around, all around, all around, and each little bird in the tree top high sand "Oh you John" Goodbye, goodbye! and the green grass grew all around, all around, on the ground, The biscuits he could not digest, were laid away with John to rest, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around.

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Then I'll Stop Loving You

Then I'll Stop Loving You

Year 1913

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

Leo Feist, Inc.
Feist Building
New York

  First Verse
You seem afraid of my love, dear, afraid of the things that I do, true love has never run smooth, dear, that's why you think I'm not true. It's foolish to tell you my lovetale, I can't think of anything new, still I'll admit you are right, dear, maybe I'll stop loving you.

Second Verse
Sweethearts must have bits of sorrow, that helps to sweeten the joy; sad today, glad on the morrow, life of a girl and boy. One smile can chase any frown, dear, One kiss can gladden the heart, though I may stop loving you; dear, that very day I will start.

Chorus
When the golden sun stops shining, when the flowers cease to grow, when a broken heart stops pining, when the waters cease to flow; when a lad without a lassie, never feels a trifle blue, when a child won't miss it's mother's kiss, then I'll stop loving you.

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Down Where The Swanee River Flows

Year 1916

Words by Chas. McCarron and Chas S. Alberte
Music by Albert Von Tilzer

Broadway Music Corporation
145 West 45th Street
New York

  First Verse
I had a big surprise today while in a ten cent photo play, I really saw my old home town way down in Dixieland It was simply grand, just to sit right there, and gaze on the scenes of bygone days, made me yearn to return to the land and people, I will love always, I even saw the same old school, where I learned the golden rule.

Second Verse
I'd like to meet the movie man, I want to shake him by the hand, I want to tell him that he wrote a grand scenario, he knew where to go, plain as day upon the screen, Hezakiah can be seen, Little Mose on his toes, looking at the camera, nearly spoiled the scene, I saw the cotton white as foam, I saw my home sweet home,

Chorus
Down where the Swanee River flows I want to be there Down where the cotton blossom grows, I want to see there, my little sister Flo', keepin' time with Uncle Joe, singing a song and raggin' on his old banjo I see my dear old Mother Oh, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, how I love her, when the birds are singing in the wildwood My happy childhood comes back once more my heart is sore, that's why I'm going back where they care for me Every night they say a little prayer for me down where the Swanee River flows.

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Will You Forgive If I Forget?

Will You Forgive If I Forget?

Year 1909

Words by Kurt Hirsekorn
Music by G. Selig

Will Rossiter
152 Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois

  First Verse
Oh could I but recall the past, dear, and all its bright and happy hours! It would not be that now at last, dear, your love should fade like summer flowers, our hands, our lips have met in gladness, how can our lives be parted now. Let love's roses banish sadness, recall the shadow from your brow!

Second Verse
To take your image from my heart, dear, would be to take the light from day! and if our paths on earth should part, dear, my fondest hopes would fade away! Let not our little word now sever, the bliss, the dreams that we have known! Oh, let us be sweethearts forever, let your dear love be all my own!

Chorus
Say not farewell, ah leave that word unspoken, which brings a tear a bitter sigh! say not the vows that once we made are broken by one sad word that word Goodbye! Oh! give me back your fond caresses, I cannot help I love you yet, the fault was mine my heart confesses will you forgive if I forget?

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Tell Me The Old, Old Story

Tell Me The Old, Old Story

Year 1908

Words and music by Richard L. Weaver

Jos. Morris Co.
136 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA.

  First Verse
There's a question ever new sweetheart I would ask of you, will you tell me once again the story dear, ... It's the theme of life's sweet song, as the ages roll along, making sunshine when the clouds seem near, ... In the days of "Auld Lang Syne" those sweet days when you were mine, Many hours we pass'd together by the mill, ... Time has chang'd us both since then, but I've wandered back again, for your answer that you love me still

Second Verse
Now the birds as sweetly sing 'Round the ivy cover'd spring, as they did for us sweetheart in time before, and I'm waiting here today, fondly hoping you will say, that you love me as you did of yore, ... when I've travell'd far and near, there was naught in life to cheer, all the world is shadow'd dearest without you, and for each fond joy apart, I've the longing in my heart for that dear old story ever new...

Chorus
Tell me the old, old story, that you love me as of yore,... others strive for fame and glory, I'm content with your love evermore, ... time can never change you sweetheart, with your eyes of violet blue, ... I'm waiting to be told, the story sweet and old, you love me still as I love you.

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