1. Oft when I'm lonely my memory swings
Back to your baby days,
Feeling the joys that a baby brings
Out of God's wond'rous ways;
Seeming to hear the first pray'r that you said,
Longing to tuck you in bed_
There's no one knows how I long for you now,
Here with my arms outspread.
2. Boy of mine, Boy of mine,
Altho' my heart was aching,
I seemed to know you'd want to go,
Pride in your manhood waking.
I'll be here, waiting, dear,
Till at a glad dawn's breaking,
I'll hear you say you're home to stay,
Dear little boy of mine,
Dear little boy of mine.
3. Out of the mist of those wonderful years,
I see your baby smile,
Days when I kissed you and dried your tears,
Seem such a little while;
Hearing the words mother taught you to say,
Watch you at your childish play,
For always in dreams you're with me it seems,
Just as you'll be some day.
Ball, Ernest R. and Brennan, J Keirn, "Dear Little Boy of Mine" (1918). Historic Sheet Music Collection. Paper 49.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.