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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.

Home Was Never Like This

Home Was Never Like This

Year 1915

Words by A. Seymour Brown
Music by Albert Gumble

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
Hiram was a farmer from way up the state He came to the city and thought it was great. He brought his bank-roll and his best Sunday suit, And when he doll'd all up, Oh! he was cute! Hiram met a stranger, one night on Broadway And of course she took him in to a cafe; People dancing there; Hiram said, "I declare! That's my middle, ding bust it!"

Second Verse
Hiram said, "I'm out just to have a good time, I don't care for money so "zip" goes a dime! I'll send a wire up home and tell them right now, If you are short of change why just sell a cow!" Ev'ry time the music would give him a chance, Hiram grab'd a chicken and started to dance. He'd yell "This is great!" I'll learn to hesitate, If I break a leg, by golly!"

Chorus
Come on and dance with me, Come on and dance with me, I feel as young as a boy! I want to learn each gol darn step that they do Teach me ev'ry one that is new! I want to learn the whirls, Dance with the pretty girls, Don't mind the steps that I miss; (Spoken) I'll get it! Here's where I'm going to stay, I'll give the farm away, Home was never like this!

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Down Honolulu Way

Down Honolulu Way

Year 1916

Words by J. E. Dempsey
Music by Earl Burtnett and Jos. A. Burke

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
I can see two eyes where in the lovelight gleams, In my dreams, in my dreams. I can hear a voice, as sweet as singing streams, Calling me, it seems. O'er the old lagoon I see the glow worm playing, Shoreward I can see the shelt'ring palm trees swaying, While from afar I can hear a guitar, Someone keeps softly saying:

Second Verse
Dreamy eyes are watching on a south sea isle, All the while, all the while. Pretty lips are waiting with a wistful smile, My heart to be guile. Softer than the water in the fountain falling, Sweeter than an angel's evening song enthralling, Whisp'ring to me of a blue, singing sea, Nightly a voice is calling:

Chorus
Come where the moon is always shining, Down Honolulu way; Come where the Palm trees sway, Nighttime is just like day. And, while the sweet guitars are ringing, We'll dream the night away, Where the moonbeams play on the distant bay, Down Honolulu way.

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My Baby's Arms

My Baby's Arms

Year 1919

Words by Joseph McCarthy
Music by Harry Tierney

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
New York

  First Verse
I call my sweetheart "Baby," She calls me "Baby," too, When there's anyone near us, We never let them hear us, But for embraces I know just where my place is:

Second Verse
It seems my own sweet baby, Just loves to baby me. Tho' we both are grown up, We refuse to own up She's like a mother, How we do love each other:

Chorus
My baby's arms, Hold all my charms, My baby's eyes of blue, Just seem to thrill me, And fill me with a new sensation, My baby's smile, There all the while; And if she'd tell me to stay, I'd like to snuggle away, And dream forever In my baby's arms.

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You Can't Get Along With 'Em Or Without 'Em (You Got To Have Em, That's All!)

You Can't Get Along With 'Em Or Without 'Em (You Got To Have Em, That's All!)

Year 1916

Words by Grant Clarke
Music by Fred Fischer

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
New York

  First Verse
I think the married men are gettin' a trimmin', And still I hate to knock the beautiful women, Oh, gee! what can the trouble be? You read, of course, every day some divorce, No matter, where you go you hear of a scandal, Why are the women getting harder to handle? Who's to blame, who's to blame? Love is a terrible game:

Second Verse
I know a lot of men who never will leave 'em, And then a lot of men who never believe 'em, Oh, my! how they can tell a lie; Look in your eye, and deny and deny, They get excited, then you pet 'em and salve 'em, Where would we be today if we didn't have 'em? Cold as ice then they're nice, Some fellows marry them twice.

Chorus
You can't get along when you're with 'em or without 'em, Girls, right or wrong, there is something nice about 'em, They're stubborn and contrary, expensive, Still, they're very necessary; Each little peach has a way that's so endearing, Oh, how your dough has a way of disappearing, You know the world is saying, "we need 'em," And still the other half is praying for freedom, You can't get along when you're with 'em or without 'em, You'vegot to have 'em, that's all!

Chorus 2
You can't get along when you're with 'em or without 'em, Girls, right or wrong, there is something nice about 'em, They're stubborn and contrary, expensive, Still, they're very necessary; Each little peach has a way that's so endearing, Oh, how your dough has a way of disappearing, Just when you treat 'em nice, they leave you, they hate you, You always take 'em back, it's old Human Nature, You can't get along when you're with 'em or without 'em, You've got to have 'em, that's all!

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Everybody Two-Step

Everybody Two-Step

Year 1912

Words by Earl C. Jones
Music by Wallie Herzer

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
Oh my dear, don't you hear the latest music hit? Oh gee! the orchestra is playing it. That is not a Rubenstein composed in F Its a song from the pen of Mutt and Jeff. Let's two step and dance in old Havana style Just act like you were made of rubber, chile, Glide along the floor and slide your feet a little bit, That's it.

Second Verse
Oh dear hon, won't you nestle to your lovie dove? Just rest your little hand upon my glove; When I get to going 'round the shiny floor, Babe, I'd just die to dance a little more. Oh, my word I'm full of loving heart complaint, Just place your tootsies where your papa's aint Then you start to swayin' to the playin' of the band, That's grand!

Chorus
Everybody two step and grab a girlie girl, Everybody two step and do the twirly whirl, Shake your feet with all your might, Everybody two step and two step right. If you want to two step just like a Polar bear, Everybody does it, Nobody ought to care; Everybody wiggle waggle Then you make a bow. Everybody two step now.

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There's A Girl In Havana

There's A Girl In Havana

Year 1911

By E. Ray Goetz and A. Baldwin Sloane

Ted Snyder Co.
112 West 38th Street
New York

  First Verse
I'm in love with you, but I'll admit, I've told the same tale o'er To a lot of girls, but I'll admit, 'twas never meant before. Like every boy, I've loved a few, 'tis true, But never with a love I feel for you; So I think for future happiness, My past I should confess.

Second Verse
If a fellow says he loves you, and he's never said the same To another girl, if you believe him, you're the one to blame. When love is true each thought you would confide, When love is true there's naught that you could hide; So to prove my love is not a-miss, Is why I tell you this.

Chorus
There's a girl in Havana, There's a girl in Savannah, I've wooed a few sweet girlies who I promised to be true to, But then I never knew, dear, That I'd ever meet you, dear, So let's forget the girls I met Before I met you.

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There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie

There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie

Year 1918

Words by Alfred Bryan and Jack Yellen
Music by Albert Gumble

Jerome H. Remick and Co.
New York and Detroit

  First Verse
Sugar! sugar! Every body's cryin' 'Cause it's mighty scarce up here Buy it! Try it! Just go out to buy it And you'll find it's mighty dear But I don't care I'm going where I've got enough to last a year

Second Verse
Tuitti fruitti don't compare with Cutie Waitin' cross the Dixon line Ida Ida may be sweet as cider But my gal is sweet as wine Nothin' could be Sweeter than she Believe me boy I'm glad she's mine

Chorus 1
There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie And it's all my own She's the sweetest little bunch of sweetness I have ever known Every glance that she gives me puts sugar in my tea Her kisses are like honey yummy yummy yummy Sweeter than the honey to the bee There's a "Choo - choo" leavin' here this evenin' bound for Carolin' And its goin' to take me to that little lolly pop of mine She's a gal that Mister Hoover ought to meet Puts her finger in the pie to make it sweet My little lump of sugar down in Dixie mine all mine

Chorus 2
There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie And it's all my own She's the sweetest little bunch of sweetness I have ever known Every glance that she gives me puts sugar in my tea Her kisses are like honey yummy yummy yummy Sweeter than the honey to the bee There's a "Choo - choo" leavin' here this evenin' bound for Carolin' And its goin' to take me to that little lolly pop of mine Sweetest little sugar lump I ever knew And her father's got a lot of sugar too My little lump of sugar down in Dixie mine all mine.

Chorus 3
There's a lump of sugar down in Dixie And it's all my own She's the sweetest little bunch of sweetness I have ever known Every glance that she gives me puts sugar in my tea Her kisses are like honey yummy yummy yummy Sweeter than the honey to the bee There's a "Choo - choo" leavin' here this evenin' bound for Carolin' And its goin' to take me to that little lolly pop of mine Everybody calls her candy kid down home Say! she even combs her hair with honey comb My little lump of sugar down in Dixie mine all mine

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Drowsy Waters (Hawaiian Waltz) Piano Instrumental

Drowsy Waters (Hawaiian Waltz) Piano Instrumental

Year 1917

By Jack Ailau
Arranged by Geo. P. Howard

Sherman, Clay and Co.
San Francisco

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Year 1920

By William Wilander and Harry Donnelly

Gilbert and Friedland Publishers Inc.
232 W. 46th Street
New York

  First Verse
In the land of Afghanistan There's a Hindu maid and a man She swore by the stars up above her That he was the one to love her But there came another one day Stole his Hindu maiden away. Hindu man is lonely and blue In his dreams he's calling to her.

Second Verse
All the wealth of Afghanistan Cannot ease the heart of this man Tho' the stars with splendor are shining Hindu's heart can't stop it's pining Though he's trying hard to forget He has hopes and dreams of her yet. Thinking that she'll come back some say To his idol he keeps praying.

Chorus
In Afghanistan, There's a Caravan By The fair oasis waiting for you and for you only; Cross the desert sand we will find a temple; There will be a bridal day for you my idol In Afghanistan.

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I Know I Got More Than My Share

I Know I Got More Than My Share

Year 1916

By Grant Clarke and Howard Johnson

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
New York

  First Verse
To every one beneath the sun, God sends his blessings down, Like dew they fall upon us all, in every home they're found, To some a name, to others fame, His gifts are every where, The poor man and the rich a like, will both receive their share.

Second Verse
Through life we go and never know what future years may hold, The skies of gray may fade away and some day turn to gold, So don't complain there's naught to gain, just learn to live and love, We all must wait to learn our fate, and trust to Him above.

Chorus
God gives the wise men their wisdom, sends all the poets their dreams To father and mother their love for each other we all get a share, so it seems I thought that I was forgotten My life was an empty affair, But He thought of me too, and when God gave me you, I know I got more than my share.

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