When you’ve wandered alone on the highways
With the wind and the resin in your hair;
When your wisdom you’ve bought
As you struggled for naught Toward the rainbow that vanished in air;
Then a weariness comes and a longing
For a shelter and comfort apart. And you smile on the past
That has shown you at last
The desire that is deep in your heart:
It’s a joy to be eager and youthful
With a courage that never is spent;
Oh, it’s youth that will long
For the road and a song,
And it’s youth that is never content; So we answer the call of ambition;
For in power we feel there is bliss
Though our vict’ry is won,
When it’s all said and done,
There is nothing so precious this:
Just a cottage small by a waterfall,
At the closing of the day
With someone to wait by a garden gate
Who will charm your troubles away,
Be it humble and all tumble down,
If there’s love to welcome you,
Just a cottage small by a waterfall
Is a place where dreams come true!
Just a place where dreams come true!
DeSylva, B.G. and Hanley, James F., "Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall)" (1925). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 1810.
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