Historic Sheet Music Collection



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MacIntosh Collection

New York (32 West 29th St., New York) : F.A. Mills, ©1908.

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[Verse 1]
Over the hillside, down by the millside,
Come let us wander tonight;
The old oaken bucket still hangs on the chain
And swings in the moon’s silver light;
Sweet scenes of childhood, deep dell and wildwood,
Beckon to you and to me;
In fancy’s domain, let us wander again,
As we did in the used-to-be.

Childhood, childhood,
Innocent days of childhood
Coming from school, wading the pool,
Roaming in the wildwood;
Childhood, childhood,
I’d give the world if I could kiss you, sweet Kate,
As I did thro’ the gate,
In those innocent days of childhood.

[Verse 2]
Let down your tresses, those golden tresses,
Over your shoulders of white,
Just put on that old gypsy hat once again
And let us be children tonight;
Love then was purer, hearts then were truer
When you wore a plain calico,
Way down by the stream, let us sit, love, and dream,
As we did in the long-a-go.



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