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Featured by Peter Bontsema and his Hotel Teller Orchestra

Words by Billy Rose and Mort Dixon
Music by Ray Henderson

Irving Berlin, Inc. Music Publishers
1607 Broadway New York

Cover illustration signed Perret

Copyright MCMXXIII by Irving Berlin, Inc.

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1. I've got a longin' way down in my heart
For that old gang that has drifted apart.
They were the best pals that I ever had,
I never thought that I'd want them so bad

Gee but I'd give the world to see that old gang of mine
I can't forget that old quartette that sang "Sweet Adeline"
Goodbye forever old fellows and gals,
Goodbye forever old sweethearts and pals (God bless them)
Gee but I'd give the world to see that old gang of mine.

2. Last night I strolled to that old neighborhood,
There on that corner I silently stood,
I felt so blue as the crowds hurried by,
nobody knew how I wanted to cry



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