Song sheet



Song sheet


The lyrics to 27 war time songs


IBCC Digital Archive


Steve Baldwin


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Four page typewritten document







[underlined] SONG SHEET [/underlined]

1. [underlined] WAITING AT THE CHURCH [/underlined]
There was I waiting at the church
Waiting at the church
Waiting at the church –
When I found he’d left me in the lurch
Oh, how it did upset me – da, da;
All at once, he sent me round a note
Here’s the very note
This is what he wrote:
‘Can’t get away to marry you today
My wife won’t let me!’

2. [underlined] TIDDLER [/underlined]
Has anybody seen my Tiddler
I caught that little fish
With a cotton and a pin
Oh, how I laughed when I dragged him in
But coming home, oh-dear-me
That rude boy Dickie Diddler –
He poked his finger in my galliepot
And pinched my Tiddler, [sic]

3. [underlined] GREAT BIG SHAME [/underlined]
It’s a great big shame
And if she belonged to me
I’d let her know who’s who;
Nagging at a feller what is
And ‘er only four-foot-two –
Well they hadn’t been married
Not a month nor more
When underneath ‘er thumb goes Jim,
Isn’t it a pity that the likes of ‘er
Should put upon the likes of ‘im!

4. [underlined] GOOD LITTLE GIRL [/underlined]
I was a good little girl
Till I met you
You sent my head in a whirl
My poor heart too;
Oh! How you told me the tale
You always do –
I was a good little girl
Till I met you.

5. [underlined] JOSHUAH [/underlined]
Joshuad! [sic] Joshuah;
Why don’t you call and see mamma –
She’ll be pleased to know
That you’re my best beau!
Joshuah; Joshuah;
Nicer than lemon-squash you are
Yes, by gosh-you-are –

6. [underlined] EVERY LITTLE WHILE [/underlined]
Every little while I feel so lonely
Every little while I feel so blue –
I’m always dreaming, I’m always scheming
Because I want you and only you –
Every little while, my heart is aching
Every little while, I miss your smile
And every time I seem to miss you
I want to, want to kiss you
Every, every, every little while!

7. [underlined] YOU CAN’T PLAY IN MY YARD [/underlined]
You can’t come and play in my yard
I don’t love you any more
You’ll me [sic] sorry when you see me
Sliding down our cellar door.
You can’t holler down our rain-barrel
You can’t climb our apple tree,
You can’t come and play in my yard
If you can’t be good to me!

8. [underlined] POOR OLD JOE [/underlined]
Gone are the days
When our hearts were young and gay
Gone are the friends
From the cotton fields away
Gone from the earth to a better land I know
I hear the gentle voices calling
‘Poor Old Joe’.

9. [underlined] BEAUTIFUL DREAMER [/underlined]
Beautiful dreamer wake unto me
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee
Sounds of the rude world heard in the day
Lulled by the moonlight
Have all passed away
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song
List while I woo thee with soft melody
Gone are the cares of life’s busy throng
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me –
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto thee.

[page break]

10. [underlined] APRIL SHOWERS [/underlined]
Tho’ April showers may come our way
They bring the flowers that bloom in May
So if its raining, have no regrets
Because it isn’t raining rain you know
It’s raining violets!
And where you see crowds of daffodils
So just keep looking for that bluebird
And listening for his song
Whenever April showers come along

11. [underlined] DOLLY GRAY [/underlined]
Goodbye Dolly, I must leave you
Tho’ it breaks my heart to go
Something tells me I am needed
At the Front to fight the foe;
See, the soldier boys are marching
And I can no longer stay –
Hark! I hear the bugle calling
Goodbye, Dolly Gray.

12. [underlined] I’M FOR EVER BLOWING BUBBLES [/underlined]
I’m forever blowing bubbles
Pretty bubbles in the air
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky
Then like my dreams, they fade and die.
Fortune’s always hiding
I’ve looked everywhere
I’m forever blowing bubbles
Pretty bubbles in the air;

13. [underlined] THE GYIPSY WARNED ME [/underlined]
The Gipsy warned me, the Gipsy warned me
‘Oh’, she said to me, ‘my child –
He’s a bad lad, avery [sic] bad lad;’
But I only blushed and smiled.
He took me in the country once
It really was sublime!
A dragon-fly flew down my back
And what a pantomime!
For he tried to find out where
The flies go in the wintertime
‘Cause I didn’t take the Gipsy’s warning.

14. [underlined] CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE [/underlined]
Champagne Charlie is my name
Champagne drinking is my game!
There’s no drink as good as fizz, fizz, fizz
I’ll drink every drop there is, is, is.
All round town it is the same
By Pop! Pop! Pop! I rose to fame
I’m the idol of the barmaids
Champagne Charlie is my name.

15. [underlined] LITTLE WOODEN HUT [/underlined]
I wouldn’t leave my little wooden hut for you
I’ve got one lover and I don’t want two
What might happen, there is no knowing
If he comes home, so you’d better be going
For I wouldn’t leave my little wooden hut for you.

16. [underlined] DON’T DILLY DALLY [/underlined]
My old man said ‘follow the van –
And don’t dilly-dally on the way!’
Off went the van with my ‘ome packed in it
I followed on with my old cock-linnet
And I dillied and dallied
Dallied and dillied
Lost my way and don’t know where to roam
You can’t trust the Specials
Like the old-time Coppers
And I can’t find my way home;

17. [underlined] OLD BULL AND BUSH [/underlined]
Come, come, come and make eyes at me
Down at the old Bull and Bush
(Da da, da, da, da!)
Come, come, drink some port wine with me
Down at the old Bull and Bush!
Hear the little German Band
(Da-da-da-da da-da-da!)
Just let me hold you [sic] hand dear –
Do, do come and have a drink or two
Down at the old Bull and Bush!

18. [underlined] MA, HE’S MAKING EYES AT ME [/underlined]
Ma, he’s making eyes at me
Ma, he’s awful nice to me,
Ma, he’s almost breaking my heart,
I’m beside him
Mercy, let his conscience guide him,
Ma, he wants to marry me,
Be my honey bee.
Ev’vy [sic] minute he gets bolder
Now he’s leaning on my shoulder,
Ma, he’s kissing me.

19. [underlined] OLD SHANTY TOWN [/underlined]
It’s only a shanty in Old Shanty Town
The roof is so slanty it touches the ground
But my tumble down shack
By an old railroad track,
Like a millionaire’s mansion
Is calling me back.
I’d give up a palace, if I were a king
It’s more than a palace, it’s my everything.
There’s a queen waiting there with a silv’ry crown
In a shanty in Old Shanty Town.

[page break]

20. [underlined] WHIFFENPOOF SONG [/underlined]
To the tables down at Mory’s
To the place where Lois dwells,
To the dear old Temple Bar I love so well,
See the Whiffenpoof assemble with their glasses raised on high
And the magic of their singing casts its spell.

Yes, the magic of their singing of the songs we love so well,
Shall I wasting and Mavoureen and the rest,
We will serenade our Lois, while life and voice shall last,
Then we’ll lie and be forgotten with the rest.
We’re poor little lambs that have lost their way,
We’re little black sheet [sic] who have gone astray
Gentlemen songsters up on a spree
Doomed from here to eternity,
Lord have mercy on such as we,

21. [underlined] WHO’S SOORY NOW [/underlined]
Who’s sorry now, who’s sorry now,
Whose [sic] heart is aching for breaking each vow.
Who’s sad and blue, who’s crying too
Just like I cried over you.

Right to the end, just like a friend
I tried to warn you somehow
You’ve had your way
Now you must pay,
I’m glad that you’re sorry now.

22. [underlined] STROLLING [/underlined]
Strolling, just strolling, in the cool of the evening breeze,
I don’t envy the rich in their automobiles
For a motor car is phoney
I’d rather have shankse’s pony – when I’m
Strolling, just strolling, with the light of the moon above
Every night I’m out strolling
And I know my luck is rolling
When I’m strolling with the one I love.

23. [underlined] ROCK A BYE [/underlined]
Rock a bye your baby with a Dixie melody
When you croon, croon a tune from the heart of Dixie.
Just hang that cradle mamie mine
Upon the Mason Dixon line
And swing it from Virginia
To Tennessee with all the love that’s in you.
Weep no more my lady
Sing that song again for me
So soft and low, must as though you had me on your knee
A million baby kisses I’ll deliver
If you will only sing that Swannee River
Rock a bye my rock a bye baby
With a Dixie melody.

24. [underlined] SIDE BY SIDE [/underlined]
Oh we ain’t got a barrel of money
Maybe we’re ragged and funny
But we’ll travel along singing a song
Side by side.

Don’t know what’s coming tomorrow
Maybe it’s trouble and sorro [sic]
But we’ll travel the road sharing our load
Side by Side.
Through all kinds of weather
What if the sky should fall?
As long as we’re together
It doesn’t matter at all

When they’ve all had their troubles and parted
We’ll be the same as we started,
Just travelling along singing a song
Side by side.

25. [underlined] ON MOTHER KELLY’S DOORSTEP [/underlined]
On mother Kelly’s doorstep down paradise row
I’d sit along with Nelly she’d sit along with Joe
She’d got a little hole in her frock, hole in her shoe
hole in her sock where the toe peeped through
but Nelly was the smartest down our Alley
On Mother Kelly’s doorstep I’m wondering now
if Li’l Gal Nelly remembers Joe her beau
and does she love me like she used to do
On Mother Kelly’s doorstep down paradise row.

[page break]

26. [underlined] YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU [/underlined]
You made me love you
I didn’t want to do it
- do -
You made me want you and all the time you knew it
I guess you always knew it
You made me happy sometimes you made me glad
But there were times dear you made me feel so bad

You made me sigh for
I didn’t want to tell you
- do -
I want some love thats true
Yes I do you know I do
Give me give me what I cried for
You know you’ve got the kind of kisses that I’d die for
Youknow [sic] you made me love you.

27. [underlined] MOON RIVER [/underlined]
Moon river, wider than a mile
I’m crossing you in style – someday
Old dream raker, you heart breaker
Wherever you’re going I’m going your way

Two dreamers off to see the world
There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
It’s waiting round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river and me.

She was a dear little dickie bird
Chip, chip, chip, she went
Sweetly she sang to me
Till all my money was spent
Then she went off song
We parted on fighting terms
She was one of the early birds
And I was one of the worms.

Hello, hello, who’s your lady friend
Who’s the little girlie by your side,
I’ve seen you with a girl or two
Oh, oh, oh, I am surprised at you.
Hello, hello stop your little games
Don’t you think your ways you ought to mend,
It isn’t the girl I saw you with at Brighton,
Who, who, who’s your lady friend.

When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you.
When you’re laughing, when you’re laughing
The sun comes shining through.
But when you’re crying you bring on the rain,
So stop your crying be happy again.
Keep on smiling ‘cos when you’re smiling
The whole world smiles with you.

Let me call you sweetheart
I’m in love with you,
Let me hear you whisper
That you love me too.
Keep the lovelight glowing,
In your eyes so true.
Let me call you sweetheart
I’m in love with you.

Show me the way to go home
I’m tired and I want to go to bed.
I had a little drink about an hour ago
And its gone right to my head.
Wherever I may roam
On land or sea or foam
You always hear me singing this song,
Show me the way to go home.

If you were the only girl in the world
And I was the only boy
Nothing else would matter in the world today
We could go on loving in the same old way
A garden of Eden just made for two
With nothing to mar our joy
I would say such wonderful things to you
There would be such wonderful things to do
If you were the only girl in the world
And I were the only boy.

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do.
I’m half crazy all for the love of you
It won’t be a stylish marriage,
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat upon the seat
Of a bicycle made for two.

Fall in and follow me
Fall in and follow me.
Come along and never mind the weather
All together, stand by me boys
I know the way to go
I’ll take you for a spree.
You do as I do and you’ll be alright
Fall in and follow me.



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