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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.

The Sweetest Melody Of All

The Sweetest Melody Of All

Year 1916

Words by Grant Clarke
Music by Jimmie V. Monaco

Leo Feist Inc.
Feist Building
New York

  First Verse
When I was born I had an ear for music, I loved sweet lullabies, And every morn' when I would hear sweet music, I'd open up my eyes; Father bought a baby grand, I learned to play it with one hand, Music always made me gay, And I'm the same today.

Second Verse
Down in the hall we've got a pianola, It's going night and day, And that's not all, We bought a new victrola, To make the servants stay; All the kids have tuneful toys, Or anything for nifty noise, Tho' grandmother's eighty three, She sings close harmony.

Chorus
I love to hear sweet melodies, I love the song birds in the trees, I love an opera grand, A big brass band, Or any little tune from Dixie land. I love to hear the bugle call, For any tune I'm bound to fall, But to hear a little baby calling you papa, That's the sweetest melody of all.

Chorus 2
I love to hear sweet melodies, I love the song birds in the trees, I love an opera grand, A big brass band, Or any little tune from Dixie land. I love to hear the bugle call, For any tune I'm bound to fall, But to hear a little baby calling you mama, That's the sweetest melody of all.

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My Gee Gee From The Fiji Islands

My Gee Gee From The Fiji Islands

Year 1920

Words by Lew Brown
Music by Albert Von Tilzer

Broadway Music Corporation
145 West 45th Street
New York, NY.

  First Verse
Hiram Perkin, got tired of workin' on the farm each day So he wandered down to see the circus in the town Saw the animals, and the cannibals when they came on view Then he flirted with a wild wild woman, and they got real friendly too When Hiram got back home, the folks all gathered by his side They said, "Where were you what did you see?" And Hiram replied.

Second Verse
Hiram giggled each time she wiggled he was gone for fair Followed her around until the circus left the town Told the friends he knew he was going to sell his farm next day They thought he was going crazy so they called the doctor right away The doctor felt his head and said There's something wrong inside I can't diag'nose it what can it be?" and Hiram replied.

Chorus
Oh! Gee! say gee, you ought to see my Gee Gee, From the Fiji Isle Gosh Gee, say Gee, you ought to be with Gee Gee She can make you smile Rings inside he nose Bells upon her toes And I'm here to tell you that she's some high kicker, Her kick is like the kick in home made liquor, She's got a lingo as funny as By Jingo, you know what I mean And she does a twister, much better than her sister, silly Chili Bean Over here, over there, she's a little but bare, So she wears a lot of leaves to protect her from the air Oh! Gee, say gee, you ought to see my Gee Gee, From the Fiji Isle.

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There's Only One Pal After All

There's Only One Pal After All

Year 1920

Words by Harold G. Frost
Music by F. Henri Klickmann

McKinley Music Co.
Chicago and New York

  First Verse
A pal in need is a pal indeed, But there's only one pal life can hold To share your schemes and beautiful dreams With a heart of purest gold.

Second Verse
The years have flown like the pals I've known, And there's only one thing left to do; I'll journey back to the rose covered shack And the pal who's always true.

Chorus
When the girl pal you knew makes you lonesome and blue, And your pathways are drifting apart, When the boy pal who'd lend, and who'd stick to the end, Only causes an ache in your heart, When the pal you thought best changes just like the rest, Don't forget, when your dream castles fall, God gave you one mother and never another, There's only one pal after all. When the girl pal you knew makes you lonesome and blue And your pathways are drifting apart, When the boy pal who'd lend, and who'd stick to the end, Only causes an ache in your heart, When the pal you thought best changes just like the rest, Don't forget, when your dream castles fall, God gave you one mother and never another, There's only one pal after all.

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I Want The Twilight And You

I Want The Twilight And You

Year 1920

Words by Arthur Lamb
Music by Charles H. Maskell

The Morris Music Pub.Co.
136 North 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA.

  Verse
Summer and sunshine will tell me of you, When birds are singing their melodies true, Roses in bloom and the air filled with song while fondly for someone I long Bells in my memory chiming so clear, Thoughts in my heart tell of one ever dear. I am so lonely for love fond and true, Oh! I want the twilight and you Let us meet where Roses bloom Sweet the air with love's perfume We will know a bliss divine, With your dear hand in mine. Dreaming dreams that are not in vain while we kiss and kiss again, Love a perfect joy shall be, Oh! come back soon to me. Love I am waiting for joys we once knew, Love I have thousands of kisses for you, Love I am longing to see your dear face, And pining for your fond embrace So I will wait for the close of the day, When sunset glories are fading away, Wait 'till you come dear as you used to do, For I want the twilight and you The twilight and you The Twilight and you.

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You'd Be Surprised

You'd Be Surprised

Year 1919

By Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin Inc.
1587 Broadway
New York, NY.

  First Verse
Johnny was bashful and shy. Nobody understood why, Mary loved him, All the other girls passed him by. Every one wanted to know How she could pick such a beau. With a twinkle in her eye. She made this reply.

Second Verse
Mary continued to praise Johnny's remarkable ways, To the ladies And you know advertising pays. Now Johnny's never alone He has the busiest phone Almost every other day. A new girl will say.

Chorus
He's not so good in a crowd but when you get him alone You'd be surprised, He isn't much at a dance But then when he takes you home You'd be surprised He doesn't look like much of a lover, but don't judge a book by it's cover. He's got the face of an Angel but There's a Devil in his eyes. He's such a delicate thing but when he starts in to squeeze, You'd be surprised, He doesn't look very strong but when you sit on his knee, You'd be surprised At a party or at a hall I've got to admit he's nothing at all but in a morris chair, You'd be surprised.

Chorus 2
He's not so good in the house but on a bench in the park You'd be surprised, He isn't much in the light but when he gets in the dark You'd be surprised I know he looks as slow as the Erie But you don't know the half of it dearie He looks as cold as an Eskimo But there's fire in his eyes He doesn't say very much but when he starts in to speak You'd be surprised, He's not so good at the start but at the end of a week You'd be surprised On a streetcar or in a train You'd think he was born without any brain, but in a taxicab, You'd be surprised.

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Love Me All The Time

Love Me All The Time

Year 1919

Words by Wm. K. Wells
Music by Hal R. Dyson

Frederick V. Bowers Inc.
145 W. 45th St.
New York City

  First Verse
Wonderful girl my precious pearl You are the world to me Were we to part 'twould break my heart So listen to my plea.

Second Verse
I worry dear worry in fear Some day your love may wane Say dear that you, e'er will be true Tell me oh tell me again.

Chorus
Sweet heart of mine please love me all of the time Deep in your dear heart enshrine a loving destiny my own for me my dearie Honey you know I love you I love you so Thats why I want you want you with love undying Can't you hear my heart sighing When I am blue the hours I spent with you are like a rosary of love to me divine dear heart of mine don't fill my poor heart with pain Don't say I'm pleading in vain Oh dearie love me love me love me all the time.

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I'm Getting So Now I Don't Care

I'm Getting So Now I Don't Care

Year 1922

Words by Richard Howard and Bartley Costello
Music by Dave Ringle

Triangle Music Pub. Co.
1658 Broadway
New York City

  First Verse
Oh how I cried when you told me goodbye, Clouds hid the sun in the sky; And oh, how I pleaded and begged you to stay; But my heart is diff'rent to day:

Second Verse
You didn't care tho' you made me believe, That you could never deceive; Perhaps you are sorry and want me again; But now you would call me in vain:

Chorus
I'm getting so now I don't worry, I'm getting so now I don't care; When my heart was aching I tried to be game, And let everybody think I was to blame; I loved you so much when I lost you, I thought I would die of despair; But old dreams fade away, And I thank God to day, I'm getting so now I don't care.

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Carolina Sunshine

Carolina Sunshine

Year 1919

Words by Walter Hirsch
Music by Erwin R. Schmidt

Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co.
222 W. 46th St.
New York

  First Verse
Down in Carolina where the sunbeams play Down where all the world seems bright Pickaninies romping all the day In the cotton fields of white How my heart is yearning to be there once more Just to hear the darkies song Carolina sunshine calls me back to the place where I belong.

Chorus
Carolina Sun I'm lonesome Carolina Sun I'm blue When the day is done I'm pining For a sight of you Makes no difference where I wander Any place I chance to roam When the golden sun sinks in the West Then I think of home.

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When You Were Queen Of The May

When You Were Queen Of The May

Year 1915

Words by Chas. E. Baer
Music by Marion Raybould

Emmett J. Welch
Colonial Theatre Wilson Bldg.
15th Below Chestnut Street
Philadelphia

  First Verse
Let me kiss those tears away, Smooth the locks now silver gray, Locks once gold, Let me whisper sweet and low, Love tales whisper'd long ago, Never old, You remember how the mocking birds were singing, So sweetly singing, Their love notes ringing, All the joys of love's young dream their songs were bringing, When my love I told. . . . .

Second Verse
Time's been kind to us I know, But someday we'll have to go, With the tide, Smilingly we've borne our share, Of life's sorrow, joy and care, Side by side, In my dreams I hear the mocking birds still singing, So sweetly singing Their love notes ringing, And my heart is to the old days fondly clinging, When you were my bride. . . . .

Chorus
Remember the village green, dear, Remember the ging-ham gown, You were that day, dear, Queen of the May, dear, Apple blossoms drifting down, drifting down, drifting down, You were the fairest there, dear, You won my heart that day, And to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie, When you were the Queen of the May.

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Good Night

Good Night

Year 1916

By A. H. Eastman and Fred Heltman

Fred Heltman Co.
Cleveland, Ohio

  First Verse
The moon is beaming with a mystic glow, The lights are gleaming where the ripples flow, All nature's dreaming in the vale below; The night is come and we must part. Oh let there be once more a fond embrace; My heart with thee has found a resting place And now I see the love light in your face, The mirror of your heart.

Second Verse
The stars are shining in the heav'ns above, My heart is pining for the one I love. The leaves entwining call the gentle dove To find her nest in shadows deep. A stillness hovers o'er the garden fair, And darkness covers every blossom there. Oh, why should lovers leave a spot so rare? But 'tis the hour of sleep.

Chorus
Good night, my love, the shadows gently fall; The stars above are watching over all. The dying embers glow; The winds are whisp'ring soft and low, Goodnight, goodnight, Goodnight, my love, goodnight, Goodnight, my love, goodnight.

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