Historic Sheet Music Collection

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New York: F.A. Mills (1908)

Some of these resources may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.


[Verse 1]
When a boy I always tried to reach
On the tree with the very highest peach;
I thought the peach I couldn’t reach the sweetest ever seen;
When I fell in love at twenty-one
I found out like ev’ry mother’s son,
The peach that was the sweetest was the peach of sweet sixteen.

Sweet Sixteens, dark or fair,
Eyes of brown or blue,
Sweet Sixteens, debonair, shy, haughty too;
Girlies with roguish eyes, girls that are queens,
Those airy, fairy, laughing, merry, cherry
Sweet Sixteens.

[Verse 2]
Sunday afternoons along the beach
If you chance to spy a blushing peach,
You best beware, you best take care if she but smiles on you;
There is mischief in her baby stare,
Pretty peeping eyes, and dimples fair,
You don’t know why you love her but you know you do, you do.



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