GIVE MY LOVE TO NELLIE
Copyright, 1894. by Spaulding & Gray.
Words and Music by Wm. Benson Gray.
Three years ago, when Jack and Joe set sail across the foam.
They vowed a fortune each would earn before returning home.
In jus't a year Jack gained his wealth, and sailed for home that day,
And as the pals shook hands to part, poor Joe could only say:
"Give my love to Nellie, Jack, kiss her once for me.
The fairest girl in all this world I know you'll say is she;
Treat her kindly. Jack, old pal, tell her I am well."
His parting words were, "Don't forget to give my love to Nell."
Two years had passed when Joe at last gained wealth enough for life,
Across the foam he sailed for home, to make sweet Nell his wife;
But soon he learned that Jack and Nell one year ago were wed,
He now regrets, in sobs and frets, that he had ever said: - Chorus.
They chanced to meet upon the street: said Joe, "You selfish elf.
The next girl that I learn to love, I'll kiss her for myself:
But all is fair in love, they say, and as you've gone and wed,
I'll not be angry with a pal, so once again he said: - Chorus.