Cover: a photo of a woman; Publisher: Jos. W. Stern and Co. (New York)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
Since the day when Mother Eve, Dropp'd a tear on Adam's sleeve, Man has kept on guessing why, Women sigh, Women cry: They will weep when they are sad, Weep some more when they are glad, Yet you always are in doubt, What it's all about:
Tears may mean a heart is broken Tears may drive the blues away Tears may fall when you remember One you loved in a bygone day And there are tears that cry for kisses Like the rose for the rain above But the tears I prize in someone's pretty eyes Are the beautiful tears of love. Tears may mean a heart is broken Tears may drive the blues away Tears may fall when you remember One you loved in a bygone day And there are tears that cry for kisses Like the rose for the rain above But the tears I prize in someone's pretty eyes Are the beautiful tears of love.
Tears are such a fickle lot, Some are truthful, some are not; Tho' they fall for sympathy, It may be jealousy: When to all your hopes and fears Woman answers with her tears, Even then you have to guess, If it's no or yes
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.