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Title: I’m On My Way To Mandalay

Lyrics by: Al. Bryan

Music by: Fred Fisher

Publisher: Leo Feist, Inc. New York

Copyright: 1913 by Leo Feist, Inc., Feist Building, N.Y. International Copyright Secured and Reserved. London – Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew. Limited.

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[Verse 1]
One I love, far away, far away, Land of Love, Mandalay, Mandalay, Mandalay,
Where the waving trees kiss the ocean breeze
In a garden fair, ‘mid the roses there, I’m goin’ to find someone who waits for me across the sea.

[Chorus 1-2]
I’m on my way to Mandalay, beneath the shelt’ring palms I want to stray,
Oh, let me live and love for aye, on that island far away;
I’m sentimental for my Oriental love, so sweet and gentle,
That’s why I’m on my way to Mandalay, I’ve come to say “Goodbye.”

[Verse 2]
All night long, by the sea, by the sea, by the sea, her love song rings for me, rings for me, rings for me,
All the world will seem just a lovely dream
And I’ll never stray far from Mandalay, I’ll live for one who lives alone for me, in days to be.

[Chorus 1-2]

[Verse 3]
Soldier boy, take your sword and your gun, soldier boy, sailor boy, ship ahoy, ship
ahoy, ship ahoy!
Big your pal goodbye, kill your gal goodbye
Little girl in blue, kiss your boy adieu, when duty calls that’s when I’m feeling blue, red, white and blue.

[Chorus 3]
I want to go to Mexico, beneath the Stars and Stripes to fight the foe,
Just say goodbye, don’t ask me why, can’t you hear the bugles blow?
For Love and Duty, just for Love and Duty, not for Spanish beauty,
That’s why I want to go to Mexico, I’ve come to say “Goodbye.”


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