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Words by Bartley Costello
Music by J. Fred Helf

Writers of ""Neath the Old Acorn Tree, Sweet Estelle", "When the Whip-poor-will Sings Marguerite", When the Blue Birds Next Again, Nellie Gray", etc.

Hitland Music Publishers, Helfe & Hager Co. 43 West 28th St. New York

Photo: J. Aldrich Libbey

Copyright MCMVII by Helf & Hager Co. Inc., 43 W. 28th St. N.Y. International Copyright Secured. The Publishers reserve the right to the use of this music or melody for any mechanical Instruments. Albert & Son., Australian Agents, Sidney. All rights reserved.

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An old grape arbor down in dear old Dixie,
A little bench beneath it’s friendly shade.
There’s where my heart with tender love is roaming,
There’s where I left a little Dixie maid.
The birds are North again and gaily singing,
Is seems they sing in sad and mournful tone.
I’m writing her today in love lines pleading,
Beneath the arbor wait for me alone.

When it’s moonlight, Mary darling,
‘Neath the old grape arbor shade,
Promise that you’ll renew,dear,
Old time promises you made,
Then I’ll kiss you and caress you,
To my heart again
I’ll press you,
When it’s moonlight, Mary darling
‘Neath the old grape arbor shade.

In fancy I can hear the joy bells ringing,
While orange blossoms crown my Dixie maid.
With welcome smile she’s waiting for my coming,
As moonlight’s stealing, ‘neath the arbor shade.
Beside her down the lane to church I wander,
At last she’s mine I own her heart and hand.
Sweet dreams in fancy once more take me homeward,
Beneath the arbor down in Dixie Land.



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