Historic Sheet Music Collection

Authors

Irving Berlin

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1918

Comments

MacIntosh Collection

New York: Waterson, Berlin, & Snyder Co. (1918)

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[Verse 1]
Jimmy’s mother went to see her son,
Marching along on parade;
In his uniform and with his gun,
What a lovely picture he made.
She came home that ev’ning,
Filled up with delight;
And to all the neighbors,
She would yell with all her might:

[Chorus 1]
“Did you see my little Jimmy marching,
With the soldiers up the avenue?
There was Jimmy just as stiff as starch,
Like his Daddy on the seventeenth of March.
Did you notice all the lovely ladies,
Casting their eyes on him?
Away he went,
To live in a tent;
Over in France with his regiment.
Were you there, and tell me, did you notice?
They were all out of step but Jim.”

[Verse 2]
That night little Jimmy’s father stood,
Buying the drinks for the crowd;
You could tell that he was feeling good,
He was talking terribly loud.
Twenty times he treated,
My! But he was dry;
When his glass was empty,
He would treat again and cry:

[Chorus 2]
“Did you see my little Jimmy marching,
With the soldiers up the avenue?
There was Jimmy just as stiff as starch,
Like his Daddy on the seventeenth of March.
Did you notice all the lovely ladies,
Casting their eyes on him?
It made me glad,
To gaze at the lad;
Lord help the Kaiser if he’s like his Dad.
Were you there, and tell me, did you notice?
They were all out of step but Jim.”

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