Historic Sheet Music Collection




Irving Berlin

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Irving Berlin, Inc.

Music publishers; 1607 Broadway New York

Copyright MCMXXIV by Irving Berlin, Inc., 1607 Broadway, New York


  1. “Walter Donaldson’s New Peppy Song Hit: My Papa Doesn’t Two-Time No Time” sample, words and music by Walter Donaldson. Page 2.

  2. “The Big Fox-Trot Novelty Song success Minding my Business", sample music by Walter Donaldson, words by Gus Khan. Page 2.

  3. “What’ll I do” sample by Irving Berlin. Last Page.

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[Verse 1]
Ev’ry time I see a puppy up on a summer’s day
A puppy dog at play
My heart is filled with envy
That’s because my heart is yearning to pass the time away
Like that pup ‘cause I'm all fed up
And tho’ it’s wrong to be
I long to be

[Verse 2]
Life is short and getting shorter with each day that does by
And how the does fly
Before you know it’s over
That’s why I’m in such a hurry to pack my things and fly
To a spot where it’s nice and hot
And hear the birdies sing while I’m being

Lazy I want to be Lazy
I long to be in the sun
With no work to be done
Under that awning
They call the sky stretching and yawning
And let the world go drifting by
I “wanna” peep through the deep tangled wildwood counting sheep
‘Til I sleep
Like a child would
With a great big valise full of books to read where it’s peaceful
While I’m killing time being Lazy.



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