Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Hortense

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1921

Comments

Oh! My Sweet Hortense

Words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis

Music by Walter Donaldson

New York: Irving & Berlin Inc. Music Publishers (1921)

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Lyrics:

[Verse 1]

The other day
I met a jay his name was Hekekiah
I had to grin to hear him chin about his hearts desire
I said I bet your little pet is just a real vampire
He answered her there pal she ain’t that kinda gal.

[Chorus Verse 1]

Oh! oh! oh! my sweet Hortense
She ai’nt good lookin’ but she’s got a good sense
Before I kiss Hortense I always buy a nickels worth of peppermints
Rain makes flowers pretty I hear
I hope it pours on her for a year
That would be immense
Yer never met a gal like sweet Hortense.

[Chorus Verse 2]

Oh! oh! oh! my sweet Hortense
She ain’t good lookin’ but she’s got good sense
Before I kiss Hortense I always buy a nickels worth of peppermints
She got dandy teeth in her mouth on points north and the other points south
Say they’re both immense
Yer never met a gal like sweet Hortense.

[Verse 2]

And by the way
I’d like to say he took ‘er to the preacher
The preacher said come right ahead
I’m mighty glad to meet yer
He whispered Hez the good books says that you’re a lucky creature
And when he kissed the bride we’re even Hezie cried.

[Chorus Verse 1 & 2]

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