Historic Sheet Music Collection

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New York: T. B. Harms Francis, Day & Hunter (1917)

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We were children once long ago, dear, you and I.
At the start, our lives lay apart as lives will lie.
Up I grew and I never knew
That the world contained a darling like you,
Nor did you dream you would see little me, too, bye and bye.

[Chorus 1]
I never knew about you, dear,
And you never knew about me.
Life might have been Heaven,
If I, then aged seven,
Had but met you when you were three.
We’d have made mud pies like affinities.
We’d have known what rapture may be.
I’d have let you feed my rabbit,
‘Till the thing became a habit,
Dear! But I never knew about you.
(Ah! What might have been.)
And you never knew about me.

[Lou Ellen]
How I wish I’d once long ago, dear, that one day you’d arrive,
Just to feel I had an ideal for which to strive.
Had I known I’d meet you, my own,
I would not have lived for pleasure along;
I was frivolous and gay, sad to say, when I was five.

[Chorus 2]
I never knew about you, dear,
And you never knew about me.
I never missed chances
Of juvenile dances,
For my life was one mad spree.
I was often kissed ‘neath the mistletoe.
By small boys excited with tea.
If I’d known that you existed,
I’d have scratch’d them and resisted, Dear!
But I never knew about you.
(Oh! The pain of it.)
And you never knew about me.


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