Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Patches

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1919

Comments

Patches

A Fox-Trot Song

Lyric by J. Will Callahan

Music by Lee S. Roberts

New York: G. Schirmer (1919)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
This morning at dawning I had a dream,
The queerest dream, because it seemed
The wild ways of child days
Came to me then,
And I was just a boy again.

[Chorus]
Wearing patches,
A barefoot boy in patches,
There is no other dream that matches,
And yet it can’t come true!
I’d give up ev’ry other joy
To be once more that barefoot boy
A wearing patches, patches,
As I used to do!

[Verse 2]
I’d give all to live all
Those days one more,
Those days of yore, that now are o’er;
I yearn to return to Those scenes again,
I’d gladly trade the now for then.

[Chorus]

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