Historic Sheet Music Collection

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1917

Comments

I'm going to follow the boys, novelty song
words by Howard Rogers, music by James V. Monaco.
M. Witmark & Sons. New York.

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Lyrics

I've always had a lot of boys around me;
Wherever boys were, that's the place you found me.
Now I'm lonesome most ev'ry night,
There's not a single fellow in sight.
I miss the smiles of Billy, Jack and Harry, Percy was a dear;
I never felt so blue, but I know what to do,
I've got a great idea.

I'm going to follow the boys over there,
Anywhere, I don't care.
I'm just dying for one little dance,
But all my dancing partners are "Somewhere in France."
I never nursed anyone, I'll admit,
But I'm strong to do my bit,
And if one little kiss or more
Can help them win the war,
Why, I'm going to follow the boys! I'm going to boys!

I don't know much about the military,
Still I can help them if it's necessary.
I don't know a thing about war,
I don't know a thing about war,
I don't see what they're having it for.
But when it comes to things like osculation,
That's where I'd be missed,
if they should ever send, a suffrage regiment,
I'd hurry to enlist.

I'm going to follow the boys over there,
Anywhere, I don't care.
I'd just love to be hugged by someone,
but ev'ry fellows right arm is holding a gun
I've never nursed anyone, I'll admit,
But I'm string to do my bit,
There's a feeling down in my heart
That I'm a Joan of Arc,
So I'm going to follow the boys. I'm going to boys!

I'm going to follow the boys over there,
Anywhere, I don't care.
Submarines have no terrors for me,
One hard look from me and they'll go under the sea
I never nursed anyone, I'll admit,
But I'm strong to do my bit,
Lack of sugar don't worry me
Love's a necessity,
So I'm going to follow the boys! I'm going to boys!

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