Historic Sheet Music Collection


Irving Berlin

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MacIntosh Collection

New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co. 112 W. 38th St., (1904)

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[Verse 1]
Farmer Brown came to town,
Started to take in the sights:
Cabarets, swell cafés,
Took up most of his nights,
After seven days or so,
After seeing ev’ry show,
After meeting May and Flo,
Farmer Brown remarked:

“I love the cows and the chickens,
But this is the life, this is the life!
I love to raise the dickens!
While I’m Cabareting,
Where the band is playing;
I love the homemade cider,
But I’d rather have wine.
No more picking berries,
Me for cocktail cherries!
This is the life, this is the life, this is the life for mine.”

[Verse 2]
Misses Brown, out of town,
Wrote to her husband and said:
“Please come home, I’m alone!”
When her letter he read,
Farmer Brown took off his coat,
Sat right down and then he wrote
To his wife a little note,
This is what he said:



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