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The Japanese Sandman

Words by Raymond B. Egan

Music by Richard A. Whiting

New York: Jerome H. Remick Music Co. (1920)

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[Vers 1]

Won’t you stretch imagination for the moment and come with me
Let us hasten to a nation lying over the western sea
Hide behind the cherry blossoms here’s a sight that will please your eyes
There’s a baby with a lady of Japan singing lullabies
Night winds breathe her sighs


Here’s a Japanese Sandman
Sneaking on with the dew
Just an old second hand man
He’ll buy your old day from you
He will take ev’ry sorrow
Of the day that is through
And he’ll give you tomorrow
Just to start life anew
Then you’ll be a bit older
In the dawn when you wake
And you’ll be a bit bolder
With the new day you make
Here’s the Japanese Sandman
Trade him silver for gold
Just an old second hand man
Trading new days for old

[Verse 2]

Just as silent as we came we’ll leave the land of the painted fan
Wander lightly or you’ll wale the little people of old Japan
May repose and pleasant dreaming be their share while the hours are small
Like an echo of the song I hear the Japanese Sandman call
New days near for all




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.