Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0327


Cover: drawing of a young lady taking a promenade, as a cherubim touches a blue bow in her hair; text reads: Supplement to the Newark Sunday News, June 9th, 1901; Publisher: T. B. Harms and Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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music score

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Original Collection

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


First verse
There's a sweet little maiden I've loved many years, But my love I have never yet told, Tho' charming her manner, I've often had fears, She is tender and then at times cold; So I made up my mind that my fate I would know, And I sent her a Valentine, Breathing words of affection and love all a-glow, In the simple old fashioned rhyme:
If of me you sometimes think, Send me back my bow of pink; If for me all hope is fled, Send me back my bow of red, You know that I would give my life Just to claim you for my wife; So, would you say your love is true, Send me back my bow of blue.
Second verse
There's a neat cozy cot that was just built for two, And tho' plain, it's a real happy home, For I am the one and the other is Sue, Who was sweetheart but now is my own. For the answer she sent me to that Valentine, Told me plainly her love was true, Not in words, bear in mind, for there wasn't a line, But a plain ribbon bow of blue.

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A Bow of Blue / music by Max Dreyfus; words by Maurice J. Steinberg



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