American Old Time Song Lyrics: 36 Pictures I've Taken From Life

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 36

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Pictures I've Taken From Life.
Sung by Jack Hennessy.

In the walks of romance you will oft read perchance
Of heroes both dauntless and bold.
Who try hard to save a life from the grave,
For honor, but never for gold.
Yet such deeds are done and renown often won
In this world with its cures and its strife,
If you listen to me, that fact you'll soon see,
In some pictures I've taken from life.
Each verse shall he true that I mention to you,
Though heroes may not be so rife.
But I'll show you some, who have gallant deeds done,
In my pictures all taken from life.

On the dark surging main, a ship all in vain
Is striving to weather the gale;
Her rudder is lost and quite helpless she's tossed,
She is leaking and gone is each sail.
To the boats they all fly. one must be left to die,
And the captain has children And wife,
He gave all up to save a poor boy from the wave,
In this picture I've taken from life.
"Into that boat, boy," the brave captain did cry,
"Tell the tale to my children and wife; "
He died at his poet, And with pride we can boast,
Of this picture that's taken from life.

What means that red glare which illumines that air,
Those loud cries of honor and fear?
'Tis a fierce raging fire, fraught with danger so dire.
That the dark angel death hovers near.
Up on the top floor where the flames madly roar,
Defying man's power in the strife,
A dread sight we see, there are little ones three,
In this picture that's taken from life.
A fireman so brave, daring all goes, to save,
Whilst the glass cuts his hand like a knife,
God be praised, safe and sound they're bro't to the ground
In this picture that's taken from life.
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