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When I Leave the World Behind
By Irving Berlin as introduced by Fritzi Scheff

Waterson Berlin & Snyder Co. Music Publishers, Strand Theatre Bldg.
Broadway at 47th St. New York

Respectfully dedicated to the memory of Charles Lounsbury, whose legacy suggested this song.

Copyright MCMXV by Waterson, Berlin & Snyder Co. International Copyright Secured.

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I know a millionaire,
Who’s burdened down with care,
A load is on his mind.
He’s thinking of the day
When he must pass away
And leave his wealth behind.
I haven’t any gold
To leave when I grow old,
Somehow it passed me by.
I’m very poor, but still
I’ll leave a precious will
When I must say goodbye.

I’ll leave the sunshine to the flowers,
I’ll leave the springtime to the trees;
And to the old folks
I’ll leave the mem’ries
Of a baby upon their knees.
I’ll leave the night time to the dreamers,
I’ll leave the song birds to the blind;
I’ll leave the moon above
To those in love,
When I leave the world behind,
When I leave the world behind.
I’ll leave the hind.

To ev’ry wrinkled face
I’ll leave a fire place,
To paint their fav’rite scene,
Within the golden rays,
Scenes of their childhood days,
When they were sweet sixteen.
I’ll leave them each a song
To sing the whole day long,
As toward the end they plod.
To ev’ry broken heart
With sorrow torn apart,
I’ll leave the love of God.




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.