Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1916

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Words by J. Keirn Brennan

Music by Ernest R. Ball

Writers of: "A Little Bit of Heaven", Good Bye, Good Luck, God Bless You", "If it takes a Thousand Years", "In the Garden of the Gods", "Ireland is Ireland to Me", etc.

M. Witmark & Sons, Publishers, New York, Chicago, London

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Copyright MCMXVI, by M. Witmark & Sons, International Copyright Secured

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Lyrics

VERSE 1
It seems so long ago,
Although ‘twas only yesterday,
When just a word in anger heard
Our lives should part for aye.
With faith so strong we thought no wrong
Could tear our heartstrings then;
What would I give could I but live
The days that might have been!

REFRAIN
Turn back the universe and give me yesterday;
Unclasp the hands of time that hold life’s golden ray.
Take back that bitter hour when our love passed away,
Turn back the universe and give me yesterday!

VERSE 2
My soul I’d give to live
The happy days beyond recall,
When you were near and to you, dear,
I gave my love, my all.

A perfect past too good to last,
Is all I dream of now,
I hope and wait and trust to fate
To bring you back somehow!

REFRAIN

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