Historic Sheet Music Collection

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MacIntosh Collection

New York: F. A. Mills, 122 W. 36th St., (1908)

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[Verse 1]
On a sweet moonlight night,
All the stars shining bright,
Two young lovers stroll’d down by a stream;
Said the maid with a smile
As they cross’d o’er the stile
“Bringing me this way home is real mean;
Now, the old way home, Joe,
Is much shorter you know,
Much shorter than this by a mile,
Won’t you please make it clear
Why you chose this way, dear,”
And this answer Joe gave with a smile:

“The longest way ‘round is the sweetest way home,
The old road makes us part too soon,
The short way’s the wrong way, the right way’s the long way,
All lovers go that way to spoon;
The long way you see, is a great chance for me,
To tell you my love is sincere,
As the longest way ‘round is the sweetest way home,
That’s why I brought you this way, dear.”

[Verse 2]
Just a year form that day,
Both of them chanced to stray,
By a stream to an old watermill,
Where she said to him,
“Dear, we’ve been married a year,
And we seem just like two sweethearts still,
Now, on our way home, Joe,
For old time’s sake let’s go,
Around the long way once again.”
Joe then said in reply,
“All right, dearie, but why?”
And she whisper’d to Joe this refrain:



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