Lyrics for ‘Stride Piano Oldies’

Back Home Again in Indiana (1917 – music by James F. Hanley; words by Ballard MacDonald)


Back home again in Indiana,
And it seems that I can see
The gleaming candlelight, still burning bright,
Through the sycamores for me.
The new-mown hay sends all its fragrance
Through the fields I used to roam.
When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash,
How I long for my Indiana home.

Darktown Strutters' Ball (1917 – words and music by Shelton Brooks)


I'll be down to get you in a taxi, honey
You better be ready ‘bout half past eight
Ooh, honey, don't be late
I wanna be there when the band starts playin’,
Remember when we get there, honey
Those two steps, I’m a-gonna have them all,

We’re gonna dance off both our shoes
When they play the 'Jelly Roll Blues'
tomorrow night at the Darktown Strutter's Ball.


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (1919 – Music by John Kellette; words by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent)


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


In the Good Old Summertime (1902 – music by George Evans; words by Ren Shields)


In the Good Old Summertime,

In the Good Old Summertime,

Strolling down a shady lane,

With my sweetheart, mine.


I’ll hold your hand and you’ll hold mine

And that’s a very good sign

That you’re my tootsie-wootsie

In The Good Old Summertime.


Let Me Call You Sweetheart (1910 – music by Leo Friedman and words by Beth Slater Whitson)


Let me call you sweetheart
I'm in love with you
Let me hear you whisper
That you love me too
Keep that love light glowing
In your eyes so blue
Let me call you sweetheart
I'm in love with you.


Shine On,Harvest Moon (1908 words: Jack Norworth; music: Nora Bayes)


Shine on, shine on harvest moon, up in the sky.

I ain’t had no lovin’ since January, February, June or July.

Snow time ain’t no time to sit around and spoon,

So shine on, shine on harvest moon.


Smiles (1917 – music by Lee G. Roberts; words by J. Will Callahan)


There are smiles that make you happy,

There are smiles that make you blue,

There are smiles that steal away the teardrops

Like the sunshine steals away the dew.


There are smiles that have a tender meaning

That the eyes of love alone can see.

But the smiles that fill my heart with sunshine

Are the smiles that you gave to me.


When You Wore a Tulip (1914 – Music by Percy Weinrich; words by Jack Mahoney)


When you wore a tulip, a sweet yellow tulip

And I wore a big red rose.

When you caressed me, ‘twas then heaven blessed me

What a blessing, no one knows.

You made life cheery when you called me ‘dearie’,

‘twas down where the blue grass grows.

Your lips were sweeter than julep, When you wore a tulip, and I wore a big red rose.

Ash Grove (traditional Welsh)      


Down yonder green valley where streamlets meander,
When twilight is fading, I pensively rove,
Or at the bright noontide in solitude wander
Amid the dark shades of the lonely Ash grove.

'Twas there while the blackbird was joyfully singing,
I first met my dear one, the joy of my heart;
Around us for gladness the bluebells were ringing,
Ah! then little thought I how soon we should part.

Still grows the bright sunshine o'er valley and mountain,
Still warbles the blackbird his note from the tree;
Still trembles the moonbeam on streamlet and fountain,
But what are the beauties of nature to me.

With sorrow, deep sorrow, my bosom is laden,
All day I go mourning in search of my love.
Ye echoes, O tell me, where is the sweet maiden?
She sleeps 'neath the green turf down by the Ash grove.


On Moonlight Bay (1912 – Music by Percy Weinrich; words by Edward Madden)


We were sailing along

 Moonlight Bay

You could hear their voices ringing

They seemed to say.

You have stolen my heart,

Now don’t go ‘way.

As we sang love’s old sweet song

On Moonlight Bay.







Ja Da  (1918 – words and music by Bob Carleton)


Ja da, ja da, ja da ja da, jing jing jing
Ja da, ja da, ja da ja da, jing jing jing
That's a funny little melody
It's so soothing and appealing to me
It goes ja da, ja da, ja da ja da, jing jing jing


Down By the Old Mill Stream (1910 – words and music by Tell Taylor)


Down by the old mill stream

Where I first met you,
With your eyes of blue, 
Dressed in gingham too,
It was there I knew, 
That you loved me true.
You were sixteen, my village queen, 
Down by the old mill stream! :  : 


And the Band Played On (1895 – words by John F. Palmer and music by Charles B. Ward)


Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde

And The Band Played On

 glide ‘cross the floor with the girl he adored

 The Band Played On

But his brain was so loaded it nearly exploded

The poor girl would shake with alarm

He’d ne’er leave the girl with the strawberry girl

And The Band Played On


By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1909 – music by Gus Edwards; words by Edward Madden)

By the light of the silvery moon
 want to spoon
To my honey, I'll croon love's tune
Honey moon, keep a-shinin' in June
Your silvery beams will bring love's dreams
We'll be cuddlin' soon
By the silvery moon

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1911 – music by Nat D. Ayer; words by A. Seymour Brown)

Oh! You beautiful doll
You great big beautiful doll
Let me put my arms about you
I could never live without you

Oh! You beautiful doll
You great big beautiful doll
If you ever leave me how my heart would ache?
I wanna hug you but I'm scared you'd break
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh you beautiful doll


Peg O’ My Heart  (1913 – Music by Fred Fisher; Words by Alfred Bryan)

Peg O’ My Heart, I love you,

We’ll never part, I love you.

I always knew,

it could be you,

Since I heard your lilting laughter

It’s your Irish heart I’m after.


Peg O’ My Heart, your glances,

With Irish art, entrance us,

Come be my own.

Come make your home in my heart.


You're a Grand Old Flag (1906 – words and music by George M. Cohan)

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should all acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.


Danny Boy (1913 – music is an old Irish tune; words by Fred E. Weatherly)


Oh Danny boy the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the leaves are falling
It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valleys hushed and white with snow
I'll be here in sunshine or in shadows
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so.

But when you come if all the leaves are falling
And if I'm dead and dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
Then kneel and say and a-wail over me.

And I shall hear the soft you trade above me
And all my grave will warmer sweeter be
And you will call and tell me that you love me
And I shall sleep in piece till you come to me.
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so...


Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet (1909 – music by Percy Weinrich; words by Stanley Murphy)


Put on your old grey bonnet with the blue ribbons on it
And we'll hitch old dobbin to the shay
And through fields of clover
We'll ride up to Dover on our golden wedding day.


Till We Meet Again (1918 – music by Richard A. Whiting; words by Raymond B. Egan – a World War 1 Song)


Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by, I'll come to you
Then the skies will seem more blue
Down in lovers lane, my dearie

Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Every tear will be a memory
So wait and pray each night for me
Till we meet again