Historic Sheet Music Collection

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MacIntosh Collection

New York: Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Music Publishers, Cor. Broadway & 47th St. (1921)

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[Verse 1]
Daddy O’ Mine, dear Mother divine,
This world’s unjust,
I fear I saw a play, a scene from life,
My eyes still hold a tear I never dreamed there’ such a place as I have seen today,
Where they send old folks Over the Hill,
To the poorhouse far away:

Over the Hill,
Over the Hill,
Why should they be there,
Over the Hill?
Where are the ones they cherished when small,
For whom they strived, and gave them their all,
What have they done for such a fate,
I know that it isn’t God’s will! In a palace of gold,
They should live when they’re old,
Instead of Over the Hill.

[Verse 2]
Daddy O’ Mine, dear Mother divine,
I’ll ne’er forget that scene
The day her son brought her back home,
It seemed ‘twas all a dream
If ev’ry one were like that son who loved so tenderly,
There’d be no poor house Over the Hill,
What a blessing that must be:



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