Some Popular Parlor Songs

of the Early 1900s

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Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, Dick Kuhn


Put your arms around me honey,
Hold me tight.
Huddle up and cuddle up
With all your might,
Oh, baby, won't you roll dem eyes,
Eyes that I just idolize,
When they look at me
My heart begins to float,
Then it starts a rockin' like a motor boat
Oh! Oh! I never knew any girl like you.


Oh! You Beautiful Doll, Nat Ayer


Oh, you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll.

Let me put my arms about you, I don't want to live without you.

Oh,you beautiful doll, you great big beautiful doll.

If you ever leave me, how my heart would ache.

I want to hug you, but I fear you'd break.

Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, you beautiful doll......Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Oh, you beautiful doll.


They Didn't Believe Me, Herbert Reynolds/Jerome Kern


And when I told them how beautiful you are,

They didn't believe me. They didn't believe me!

Your lips, your eyes, your cheeks, your hair,

Are in a class beyond compare,

You're the loviest girl that one could see!

And when I tell them,

And I cert'nly am goin' to tell them,

That I'm the man whose wife one day you'll be.

They'll never believe me. They'll never believe me.

That from this great big world you've chosen me!


For Me And My Gal, Edgar Leslie


The bells are ringing for me and my gal,

The birds are singing for me and my gal.

Everybody's been knowing

To a wedding they're going

And for weeks they've been sewing,

Every Susie and Sal.

They're congregating for me and my gal,

The Parson's waiting for me and my gal.

And sometime

I'm goin' to build a little home for two,

For three or four or more,

In Love-land for me and my gal.


After You've Gone, Henry Creamer


After you've gone and left me crying

After you've gone there's no denying

You'll feel blue you'll feel sad

You'll miss the dearest pal you've ever had

There'll come a time don't forget it

There'll come a time when you'll regret it

Some day when you'll grow lonely

Your heart will break like mine

And you'll want me only

After you've gone after you've gone


I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Harry Carroll


I'm always chasing rainbows,

Watching clouds drifting by.

My schemes are just like all my dreams

Ending in the sky.

Some fellows look and find the sunshine,

But I always look and find the rain.

Some fellows make a winning sometime,

I never even make a gain.

Believe me,

I'm always chasing rainbows

Waiting to find a little bluebird in vain


Look For The Silver Lining, Jerome Kern


Look for the silver lining

When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.

Remember some where the sun is shining,

And so the right thing to do,

Is make it shine for you.


A heart, full of joy and gladness,

Will always banish sadness and strife.

So always look for the silver lining,

And try to find the sunny side of life.

These songs were popular then and sold as sheet music to be played on a piano or other parlor instruments. 

How many of the melodies do you know?

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