American Old Time Song Lyrics: 10 I'm Saddest When I Sing

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 10

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I'm Saddest When I Sing.

You think I've a merry heart,
Because my songs are gay.
But, oh! they all were taught to me
By friends now gone away.
The bird retains his silver note,
. Though bondage chains his wing;
His song is not a happy one­I'm saddest when I sing.

I heard them first in that sweet home
I never more shall see;
And now each song of joy has got
A plaintive turn for me.
Alas! 'tis vain in Winter time,
To mock the songs of Spring;
Each note recalls some whithered leaf­I'm saddest when I sing.

Of all the friends I used to love,
My harp remains alone;
Its faithful voice still seems to be
An echo of my own.
My tears, when I bend o'er it,
Will fall upon its string;
Yet those who hear me, little think
I'm saddest when I sing.
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