Cover: a drawing of people in the cinema; Publisher: Waterson Berlin and Snyder 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
Beatrice Fairfax gives advice, To anyone in love; That's why Johnny Gray, Wrote to her one day; When I call to love my girl, Her folks are always there; That's why I'm blue, What shall I do? And Beatrice said; never despair:
Take your girlie to the movies, If you can't make love at home; There's no little brother there who always squeals, You can say an awful lot in seven reels. Take your lessons at the movies, And have love scenes of your own; When the pictures over and it's time to leave, Don't forget to brush the powder off your sleeve; Take your girlie to the movies, If you can't make love at home. Take your girlie to the movies, If you can't make love at home; Pick a cozy corner where it's nice and dark, Don't catch influenza, kissing in the park. Take your lessons at the movies, And have love scenes of your own; Tho' she's just a simple little ribbon clerk, Close your eyes and think you're kissing Billie Burke; Take your girlie to the movies, If you can't make love at home.
Sweethearts always used to spoon, In a big morris chair; Young folks of today, Have a diff'rent way; Far away from cranky dad, And mother's eagle eye; It's lots of fun, Here's how it's done, So come on and give it a try.
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.