Historic Sheet Music Collection


Irving Berlin

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MacIntosh Collection

New York : Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co., ©1914.

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[Verse 1]
I had girls by the score
Yes, a hundred or more
Each one as nice as could be.
It was hard to decide
Which I’d want for my bride
They all looked lovely to me.
While I was trying to choose one I met a wonderful girl,
She came tripping along
Like a beautiful song
Setting my brain in a whirl.

I was growing very fond of Molly
When along came Ruth, along came Ruth,
I thought an awful lot of Dolly
When Ruth came along,
My head began to “Merry-go-round”,
I almost married Polly,
I was making love to May
When along came Ruth,
And to tell you the truth,
She stole my heart away.

[Verse 2]
There’s a right little girl
With the right little curl
For ev’ry right little boy
When she comes you’ll forget
All the other’s you’ve met.
Sorrow will turn into joy.
She doesn’t have to be pretty,
She doesn’t have to be wise,
When she comes you will find
Tho’ they say love is blind
She’ll make you open your eyes.



The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.