American Old Time Song Lyrics: 48 The Girl I Promised To Wed

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 48

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Copyright, 1895, by Spaulding A Gray.
Words and Music by Gussie L. Davis.

It's best to be off with the old love, they say,
Before you are on with the new;
An old man told this to a youngster, one day,
The adage is old, but true;
He told of a girl that once loved him dear,
But he played her false, then he said,
I'll show you a photo and lock of hair
Of the girl I promised to wed.

She had no fair face, nor fortune grand,
But then she was true and tried;
But I longed for wealth and beauty then,
And sought to find both in a bride;
For little I cared for the value of love,
But learned in the years that have fled
That she was the girl of a thousand girls,
The girl I promised to wed.

Whatever may come or whatever may go,
The picture may fade year by year,
There's yet a soft spot in my heart, where I know
Her face will always be clear;
Although I was faithless, the old man said,
And married another instead,
No love ever won her or called her wife.
The girl I promised to wed.- Chorus.
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