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Words by Al Bryan
Music by Ted Snyder

Ted Snyder Co. Inc., Music Publishers, 112 West 30th St. New York

Inset portrait of Edythe Gibbons on cover

Copyright 1908 by Ted Snyder Co.

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You ask the reason why I love but you,
Little girl of mine;
And would you believe me if I told you true,
Little girl divine!
There’s a thousand reasons why I love you so,
But I can’t tell why;
But you’ve asked the question and you want to know,
So I’ll try, try, try.

It’s the pretty things you say, dear,
And the pretty things you do;
It’s the pretty smiles you smile dear,
And your pretty eyes of blue;
It’s the pretty looks you give me
When I ask you to be true,
It’s the very pretty girl you are,
That’s why I am so fond of you.
It’s the you.

All the stars shine brighter, little girl of mine,
If you’re only nigh;
And your eyes shine brighter than the stars that shine,
Can you tell me why?
Tell me why I’m happy when your voice I hear?
Why your eyes are blue?
Then I’ll tell the reason why I love you, dear,
Only you, you, you!



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