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There Was A Time

Words by Alfred Bryan

Music by Harry Carroll

New York: Shapiro, Bernstein, & Co (1914)

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[Verse 1]
You say that you don’t want me anymore,
My heart is sore, my dream is o’er
You have no time for loving such as mine,
And you never, never will no more;
You say: “goodbye” without a sigh,
But this you can’t deny:

There was a time you used to love me,
There was a time you used to say:
“Come and cuddle little daddy, daddy do,
Do you love your little huckleberry, do?”
And then I knew I was your little huckleberry daddy, too,
There was a time you used to cry for,
You said you’d die for one kiss of mine,
But one fine day you went and left me,
But I’m here to tell you, cruel baby mine,
There was a time.

[Verse 2]
When I awake and find that you’re not near,
They’re going to hear, some crying, dear,
I’ll show them how an aching heart can break,
And they’re going to see me shed some tears,
Don’t say to me; “It had to be,”
I don’t want sympathy:




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