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Words by Jack Yellen; Music by A. Olman

Price 60, Forster Music Publisher Inc. 235 So. Wabash Ave. Chicago
Copyright MCMXXIX by Forster Music Pub. Inc., Chicago, Ill.
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  1. “After I’m Gone” by Moe, Charles & Elsie Thompson. Page 2

  2. “I’m waiting for the ships that never come in (Recitation by Jack Yellen)”. Page 7.

  3. “Mississippi Mammy” by Erwin R. Schmidt, Marty Bloom, Casper Nathan. Back Page.


[Verse 1]
They say all the world is a stage,
Life is only a drama of dreams;
It’s at birth that we start,
Each one plays a part
That fate chooses for us, it seems
I’m just a dreamer whose dream go a stray
They call me the fool in the sky.

[Verse 2]
These beautiful dream ships of mine,
What a wonderful treasure they hold!
If they ever come in,
What a prize I’ll win:
A love far more precious than gold,
And tho’ my dreaming may be all in vain
A dreamer I’ll gladly remain.

I’m waiting for ships that never come in,
Watching and waiting in vain,
It seems that Life’s stormy sea holds nothing for me
But broken dreams and shattered schemes,
With each day of sorrow I love to pretend
One more tomorrow and waiting will end;
I’m waiting for the ships that never come in,
I wonder where they can be. I’m be.



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