American Old Time Song Lyrics: 43 Id Like To Know If Bessie Still Remembers

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 43

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Copyright. 1894, by A. M. Hall
Words and Music by Wm. Beebe.

How well do I remember those happy days of yore,
When Bess and I would romp the fields and valleys o'er and o'er;
I'd tell her how I loved her, and she'd say that she loved me,
Then how we'd plan our honeymoon, how happy we would be;
Now many years have passed and gone since Bess and I were young:
Her heart with love may be entwined, and it may with grief be wrung;
No word from her in these long years that we have been apart,
Still, even now, the mem'ry's fresh when Bess was my sweetheart.

It seems to me but yesterday, although 'tis years ago,
Since Bessie was my sweetheart, and I was Bessie's beau;
Though time has cooled the ardent love to naught but smoldering embers,
Yet, in my heart, I'd like to know if Bessie still remembers.

As Bess and I grew older, our love the stronger grew,
And when she named the happy day, each promised we'd be true;
We little dreamed of parting, that we'd never meet again,
But, after all, this world is naught but anguish, tears and pain;
Then I was shortly called away, but Bess said: "Please, don't go."
Said I: "Now, Bess, what is the use? I will soon return, you know";
But Bess, in tears, declared she knew that something would occur;
I know it now, And wonder if that mem'ry comes to her.- Chorus.
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