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Let the rest of the world go by
music by Ernest R. Ball
words by J. Keirn Brennan.
New York : M. Witmark & Sons

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Is the struggle and strife
We find in this life
Really worth while, after all?
I’ve been wishing today
I could just run away,
Out where the west winds call.

With some one like you, a pal good and true,
I'd like to leave it all behind, and go and find
Some place 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.

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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