Cover: photo of African American couples performing a dance with traditional costumes; a photo inset of Leon W. Washburn; Publisher: Howley Haviland and Dresser (New York)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Songs --United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
I'm thinking, darling, of the olden time, When heart was young and merry as a chime; When o'er our future beamed no fatal star That heart to break, that happy dream to mar When life was gay and o'er its fairy spell, The vision of a love we knew as well, Alas! the day and cruel fate that parted Two lives like ours, and let me broken hearted, I'm wond'ring if you ever think of me, If after all your heart the same can be, And if you love me know as once of old, Or if perhaps your love has grown so cold.
Perhaps, perhaps if all, my darling, While shadows o'er your path are falling, Perhaps if all you'll think with vain regret, Perhaps, perhaps you never can forget, Perhaps, perhaps you'll think with vain regret, Perhaps you never can forget
Perhaps you may have wished me back again, Forget the past and love me just the same; My love for you has never, never altered; Why then, my darling, oh! why have you faltered, For you I'm daily
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.