There are so many wonderful songs from the turn of the 20th century. They are clever and delightful pieces of our musical heritage. A few are still heard occasionally, but there are also many neglected gems that deserve to be rediscovered.
Your song program will be selected from the list below. These are some of the songs that my audiences have liked so much that they have asked me to sing them again on return visits.
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A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW (1914) by James a. Brennan, Jack Caddigan and O.E. Story.
"Every day they change the style of dancing. Every day they change the style of dress. Oh boys! What is it coming to? That's a problem we will have to guess."
SINCE KATY THE WAITRESS (BECAME AN AVIATRESS) (1919) Lyrics by Will Curtis, music by Irving Bibo.
"Since Katy the Waitress became an aviatress the boys are all up in the air. She used to give the fellows a smile now and then, but since she took to flying she looks down on the men."
TAKE YOUR GIRLIE TO THE MOVIES (IF YOU CAN'T MAKE LOVE AT HOME) (1919) Words by Edgar Leslie and Bert Kalmar. Music by Pete Wendling, arranged by Fred E. Ahlert. "
"There's no little brother there who always squeals. You can say an awful lot in seven reels."
HELLO WISCONSIN (WON'T YOU FIND MY YONNIE YONSON?) (1917) Words by Bert Kalmar and Edgar Leslie. Music by Harry Ruby.
"Hello, Wisconsin! Won't you find my Yonnie Yonson? Yust tell him his Hilda Honson Yust got off the boat by Yimminy! How she wants him!"
MY BARNEY LIES OVER THE OCEAN (JUST THE WAY HE LIED TO ME) (1919) Words by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. Music by Bert Grant.
"Sure he said he went to war to help the women, and I think he's helped himself to two or three!"
TOMMY WAS A BAD, BAD BOY (1901) Words and music by Paul Armstrong.
"Oh, my! Why should he be born? Just to make his family forlorn!"
COME ON PAPA (1918) Words and music by Edgar Leslie and Harry Ruby.
"Sweet Marie in gay Paree had a motor car. It filled her heart with joy to drive a Yankee boy."
HIS BUTTONS ARE MARKED "U.S." (1902) Words by Mary Norton Bradford. Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond.
"So my daddy just belongs to my dear mother. And I guess the folks are blind who cannot see that his buttons are marked "U.S." And that means "us," I guess, so he just belongs to mother dear and me."
SMILES (1917) Lyrics by Will Callahan. Music by Lee S. Roberts.
"And the smiles that fill my heart with sunshine are the smiles that you give to me."
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (1917) Words and music by Howard Johnson and Percy Wenrich.
"Where do we go from here, boys, where do we go from here? Slip a pill to Keiser Bill and make him shed a tear."
I'M AFRAID TO COME HOME IN THE DARK (1907) Words by Harry Williams. Music by Egbert van Alstyne.
"Jonesie married Mabel, a wise old owl was he - he told his wife he never drank a stronger thing than tea."
GRAND BABY or a BABY GRAND (1909) Words by Irving B. Lee. Music by Hampton Durand.
"The grand baby often cries and hollers, the baby grand is worth six hundred dollars."
HE'D HAVE TO GET UNDER - GET OUT AND GET UNDER (TO FIX UP HIS AUTOMOBILE) (1913) Words by Grant Clarke and Edgar Leslie. Music by Maurice Abrahams.
"A dozen times they'd start to kiss and then the darned old engine, it would miss. And then he'd have to under ..."
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING (TILL THE BOYS COME HOME) (1915) Words by Lena Guilbert Ford. Music by Ivor Novello.
"Keep the home fires burning while your hearts are yearning ..."
LOVE'S OLD SWEET SONG (1884) Words by G. Clifton Bingham. Music by J.L. Molloy.
"Just a song at twilight, when the lights are low, and the flick'ring shadows softly come and go."
OVER THERE (1917) Words and Music by George M. Cohan.
"We'll be over. We're coming over. And we won't come back till its over over there."
STOUTHEARTED MEN (1927) Words by Oscar Hammerstein II. Music by Sigmund Romberg.
"Give me some men who are stouthearted men who will fight for the right they adore."
SIDE BY SIDE (1927) Words and music by Harry Woods.
"Oh! We ain't got a barrel of money. Maybe we're ragged and funny. But we'll travel along, singin' a song, side by side."
IT'S A LOVELY DAY TOMORROW (1940) Words and music by Irving Berlin.
"If today your heart is weary, if ev'ry little thing looks gray Just forget your troubles and learn to say TOMORROW IS A LOVELY DAY."
THOSE WEDDING BELLS SHALL NOT RING OUT (1896) Words and music by Monroe H. Rosenfeld.
"A shriek of woe - a glit'ring blade - a lurch - a flash - a dart! And like the lightning's stroke the blade had reach'd her trembling heart. 'You've kiled his bride - oh God' they cried!"
THEY WERE ALL OUT OF STEP BUT JIM (1918) Words and music by Irving Berlin
"Were you there, and tell me did you notice? They were all out of step but Jim."
I DON'T WANT TO PLAY IN YOUR YARD (1894) Words by Philip Wingate. Music by H.W. Petrie.
"I don't want to play in your yard. I don't like you anymore. You'll be sorry when you see me sliding down our cellar door. You can't holler down our rain barrel, you can't climb our apple tree. I don't want to play in your yard if you won't be good to me."
WE DON'T WANT THE BACON - What We Want is a Piece of the Rhine (1918) Words and music by "Kid" Howard Carr, Harry Russell and Jimmie Havens
ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND (1911) Words and music by Irving Berlin
"Come on and hear, come on and hear Alexander's Ragtime band. Come on and hear, come on and hear. Its the best band in the land."
A LEMON IN THE GARDEN OF LOVE (1906) Words by M.E. Rourke. Music by Richard Carle.
"Will someone kindly tell me, will someone answer why? To me it is a riddle, and it will be till I die. A million peaches round me. Yet I would like to know why I picked a lemon in the garden of love where they say only peaches grow."
LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY (1890) Words and music by Michael Nolan.
"A winning way, a pleasant smile. Dress'd so neat but quite in style. Merry chaff your time to wile, has little Annie Rooney."