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Words by Alfred Bryan. Music by J. Fred Helf.

J. Fred Helf Pub. Col. 136 West 37th St. N.Y. City

Photo of Ila Grannon on cover.

Copyright 1910 by J. Fred Helf Company.

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Little sweetheart don’t you cry,
You look sweeter when you smile,
Tho’ I’ve come to say good-bye,
Just be happy for the while,
Tho’ the heart in sadness pines,
Absence makes it fonder grow,
Tho’ I must sigh to you good-bye,
I’d rather say hello.

I’d rather say hello than say good-bye,
Love will bring me back again little girl don’t cry,
Stop your pining,
Keep your love light shining,
See that rainbow in the sky,
I’d rather say hello than say good-bye. Bye.

Just a word will wring the heart,
Just a word will dim the eye,
And the teardrops all will start,
When a lover says good-bye,
But the word that brings you cheer,
Is the sweetest word of all,
So say hello before you go,
E’re tears begin to fall.




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