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Lyrics by: J. Keirn Brennan

Music by: Ernest R. Ball

All program credits to: M. Witmark & Sons New York

Copyright: MCMXIX by M. Witmark & Sons International copyright secured.

Part of The Witmark Black and White Series

Dedication “To Julie and Carrie” on first page of music.

Advertisements: first page “Some of the Famous WITMARK Black and White Ballads” with a list of 7 songs 50c each “Bass and Baritone Songs Suitable for Home, Radio or Concert” on back cover with a long list of songs 50c each unless otherwise indicated.

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[Verse 1]
Is the struggle and strife we find in this life really worthwhile after all?
I’ve been wishing today I could just run away,
Out where the west winds call.

With someone like you, a pal good and true,
I’d like to leave it all behind, and go and find someplace that’s known to God alone,
Just a spot to call our own.
We’ll find perfect peace, where joys never cease, out there beneath a kindly sky,
We’ll build a sweet little nest somewhere in the west,
And let the rest of the world go by.

[Verse 2]
Is the future to hold just struggles for gold
While the real world waits outside,
Away out on the breast of the wonderful west,
Across the great divide?




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