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The latest sensational descriptive hit, by the composer of "The Mansion of 'Aching Heartts"

Words by Andrew Sterling
Music by Harry Von Tilzer

Inset portrait of Harry Von Tilzer

Cover illustration signed Jenkins

Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co. 37 W 28th St. New York, Chicago, Frisco, London

Copyright MCMIV by Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co. 37 W. 28th St; N.Y.
Chicago Office 67 Clark St; Oneonta Bldg.

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Once we were poor, mother darling,
Cried a sad child one day,
Now we are rich but I’m lonely,
Longing for sister May
Oft in my dreams I can see her,
Kneeling beside my bed,
Where is she now, mother tell me,
Softly her mother said:

Just across the bridge of gold,
Where lights are shining bright,
Just across the bridge of gold,
There’s an aching heart tonight;
For the sake of those she loved,
All her happiness she sold,
And tonight we will pray,
For your dear sister May,
Just across the bridge of gold.

We were so poor little darling,
May always loved us so,
And when he asked her to marry,
She would not answer “No”,
Her heart belonged to another,
From him she had to part,
For you and me, little darling,
Your sister broke her heart:



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