American Old Time Song Lyrics: 36 The Way To Live

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

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Copyright, 1891, by Francis, Day & Hunter
Written by Charles Wilmott. Composed by F. W. Venton.

Life's a span which Old Time measures, and to each one gives his share,
With the changes, toil and pleasures, And the sorrows we must bear;
Thus we all begin and end it, but if really as a man
Your ambition is to spend it, this you'll find the truest plan.

Always try to be bright and gay, save a bit for a rainy day;
A dollar to spend And a dollar to lend, and one when distress cries "give!"
Cheer the sufferers whom you meet, true and honest without deceit;
Acting to others as men And brothers, and that's the way to live!

So much sunlight so much shadow, of our lives make up the sum.
Even o'er the fairest meadows, gloomy clouds will often come;
So in life come pain and trouble, but to let them cast us down
Only seems to make them double, so however fate may frown.- Chorus.

If you wish to cheer the sorrow others meet with on the way,
Never mind your own "to-morrow," only think of their "to-day;"
Freely give what aid is wanted, for with grateful pleasure stirred
Hearts will be, when it is granted with a pleasant smile And word.- Chorus.
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