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Lyrics by Jolson Clarke & Leslie
Music by James V. Monaco
Illustrator: Albert Wilfred Barbelle

Al Jolson's Masterpiece featured in "BOMBO" 1923 at Winter Garden, N.Y.

Cameo photograph of Al Jolson, lower right of cover.

Cover illustration of young boy in overalls and cap with dirty hands and a dirty face holding the cameo / Barbelle.

Clake & Leslie Songs Music Publishers, 1591-5 B'Way, New York

Copyright 1923 by Clarke & Leslie Songs, Inc. 1591 B'way, New York City
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.

Advertisement on verso of front cover includes musical excerpt of: Maggie / words by Leslie Moore, music by Johnny Tucker.

Advertisement on back cover includes musical excerpt of: Old yeller dog of mine / story by Clarke & Leslie, melody by Joseph K. Meyer.

Some of these resources may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.


[Verse 1]
Wonderful pals
Are always hard to find,
Some folk's have one,
Some folk's have none
I was alone for years,
But fate was kind
And in the end
Sent me a friend.
Altho' hes not much
Higher than my knee,
Still he's the greatest
Thing on earth to me.

Dirty Hands, Dirty face,
Leads the neighbors a chase
But his smile, is as cute as can be.
Making noise, breaking toys,
Always fights, with the boys,
But his eyes are a vision to see.
And when my work is done,
Coming home to the setting sun,
From the gate he starts to run,
Then I kiss my boy.
Dirty Hands Dirty face
Little Devil they say,
But to me he's an angel of joy.

[Verse 2]
When stars are peeping
I tuck him to sleep,
With lullabies,
to close his eyes
He prays the Lord
His little soul to keep
And Daddy's too,
That thrills me through
And though he hardly knows
His A,. B. C.
When he says Dad Oh!
What that means to me.




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