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Till The Clouds Rolls By

Words by Jerome Kern, P. G. Wodehouse, and Guy Bolton

Music by Jerome Kern

New York: T. B. Harms Company (1917)

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[Verse 1]
I’m so sad to think that I have had to
Drive you from your home so cooly.
I’ve be gaining nothing by remaining,
What would Missus Grundy say?
Her conventions, kindly recollect them!
We must please respect them, duly.
My intrusion needs explaining:
I felt my courage waning.
Please, I beg don’t mention it!
I should not mind a bit,
But it has started raining
Oh, the

rain comes a pitter, patter,
And I’d like to be safe in bed.
Skies are weeping
While the world is sleeping
Trouble heaping
On our head.
It is vain to remain and chatter
And to wait for a clearer sky;
Helter skelter I must fly for shelter
Till the clouds roll by.

[Verse 2]
What bad luck, it’s coming down in buckets;
Have you an umbrella handy?
I’ve a warm coat, water proof, a storm coat,
I shall be all right I know.
Later on, too I will ward the grippe off,
With a little nip of brandy
Or a glass of toddy draining,
You’d find that more sustaining,
Don’t be worried, I entreat,
I’ve rubbers for my feet,
So I don’t mind it raining.
Oh, the




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