By Ronald Herder
Wonderful compendium of whole lyrics for recognized folks songs, hymns and spirituals, nursery songs, well known and exhibit tunes, and so on. contains Oh Susanna, The conflict Hymn of the Republic, Shenandoah, Swing Low, candy Chariot, a good looking woman is sort of a Melody, thousands extra. imperative for singalongs, events, kinfolk get-togethers, and so on.
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Don’t you remember how you used to say You’d always love me in the same old way; And now it’s very strange That you should ever change. Perhaps some other sweetie’s won your heart, Tempted you away. But let me warn you tho’ we’re miles apart, You’ll regret some day: [to Chorus] Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life W: RIDA JOHNSON YOUNG / M: VICTOR HERBERT [from Naughty Marietta, 1910] Ah! Sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found thee, Ah! I know at last the secret of it all; All the longing, seeking, striving, waiting, yearning, The burning hopes, the joy and idle tears that fall!
A lot of territory to cover, to be sure, although the great bulk of these best-loved lyrics falls in that enormously fertile period from the turn-of-the-century to about 1922. Lyrics and credits come directly from the original sheet music—when such prized gems were available to us—or from sources that have proven exceptionally reliable over the years. James J. Fuld’s encyclopedic The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, Popular and Folk1 has been a particularly valuable treasury of important credits and background information.
WARD (1882) (melody originally known as “Materna”) 1. Oh, beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Across the fruited plain, America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. 2. Oh, beautiful for Pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine every flaw; Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law. 3. Oh, beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life.
500 Best-Loved Song Lyrics by Ronald Herder