Sheet Music, 1834-1899


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MUM00682, 0504


Cover: a drawing of a mother and a baby; Publisher: Feist and Frankenthaler (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

music score

Original Format


Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries


First verse
Its just one little year, Norine, one little year today Since we strolled hand in hand to church, where bells were ringing gay; The same gay crowd that gathered there, and heard our wedding bell, Ere twelve months passed were there in tears, brought by your fun'ral knell, They were plain country folks, Norine, and friends of yours and mine, Both services, love, were performed by that same old divine; Friends strove in vain, me to console, But none can fill your place, never will find happiness, till we meet face to face.
Sweet Norine, my love grows stronger, Tho' your voice is silenced now forever here, Life holds it's charms for me no longer, Time's wrought a change, in just one little year
Second verse
In just one little year, Norine, in just one little year Our wedding past, the baby came, it's died since you were here; I missed you but our baby boy, missed you much more it seems, And left this world to search for you, in that bright land of dreams; I laid him by your side, Norine, and there's a place for me, That when the judgement day rolls round, together we may be; Somewhere, some sweet day, we will meet in realms beyond the sky, For love like ours, my darling wife, can never, never die.

Content Disclaimer

The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.

Sweet Norine / words by Gussie L. Davis



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