American Old Time Song Lyrics: 40 Nodding Off To Sleep

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 40

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Copyright, 1893, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words and Music by Joseph Hart.

In olden times a story's told of grandpa John
And dear, old aunt Maria, loved by ev'ry one;
Singing, Sundays, in the choir, at home sitting by the fire,
Telling stories, never tire-happiness complete.
And when the supper dishes were all laid away,
Daughter Mary Ann would take her babe and say:
"'Tis time, my darling one, to rest, into your cradle creep,"
Then watching grandpa John and aunty, nodding off to sleep.

Nodding off to sleep, nodding off to sleep, with a sweet smile on their faces;
Then grandpa John and aunty and baby would fall fast asleep.
Solo or Quartette.
Bye, oh, baby; bye, oh, baby: bye, oh, baby; bye, oh, bye:
Then grandpa John and aunty and baby would fall fast asleep.

Now age on aunty and grandpa was telling fast,
And when dear friends would call, a pleasant eve to pass,
During conversation deep they would slowly nod to sleep;
Quiet ev'ry one would keep, then slowly steal away.
The old clock softly ticking in the silent, night,
Huge logs there a-burning in the fireplace bright,
Reflecting on the faces there the firelight's fitful play.
"There never lived a happier couple," Mary Ann would say.- Chorus.
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