A Kiss Was the Cause of It All.
Copyright, 1894, by Spaulding & Gray.
Words and Music by Gussie L. Davis.
They were sweethearts when at school, that's the way the story goes,
And from childhood loved each other, Jack and Kate:
It would fill their hearts with joy, when a little girl And boy,
To write each other letters on a slate.
But years put them apart, another won Kate's heart,
And one summer's day made her a loving wife.
They lived happy for a while, life was all a dream, a smile,
Then they quarreled And they parted for life.
A kiss was the cause of it all-a wife, broken-hearted, doth yearn;
A little tot asking of mamma each day, "Will ever my papa return?"
Vain jealousy prompted a heart, those bitter words not to recall;
'Tis just pride and anger that keeps them apart-a kiss was the cause of it all.
To the cottage door one day Jack returned from far away,
Kate meets him with a welcome and a kiss;
Then he folds her to his breast, she, the girl he once loved best,
But footsteps break the silent dream of bliss.
Her husband he appears, now harsh words greet their ears,
And in anger he will not let them explain.
Just one error, one mistake, just through old acquaintance's sake,
They have parted now to ne'er meet again.- Chorus.