BY THE SIDE OF THE ZUYDER ZEE
 
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By the flowing Zuyder Zee so blue
There's a little Dutch girl I love so true
Of my little Gretchen dear, I'm dreaming all day
She's a picture any one would choose
In her pretty frock and wooden shoes
I've seen other girls, but still my heart is far away.

Chorus: By the side of the Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee
There my Deitcher girl waits for me - only me
I've seen diamonds in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam
But there's not a diamond as bright as those eyes by the Zuyder Zee.


I had such a feeling around my heart
When there came a time we had to part
From my little Gretchen I was sailing away
As we stood upon the old Dutch shore
In her eyes of blue, big tears I saw
Standing on the big ship I could hear the wild waves say.

Chorus: By the side of the Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee
There my Deitcher girl waits for me - only me
I've seen diamonds in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam
But there's not a diamond as bright as those eyes by the Zuyder Zee.


Some day by the dear old Zuyder Zee
With my little Gretchen I shall be
In a cosy cot far from the big city's whirl
When the stars are peeping in the skies
We will sing old Dutch lullabies
How I long to sail back to my little Deitcher girl.

Chorus: By the side of the Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee, Zuyder Zee
There my Deitcher girl waits for me - only me
I've seen diamonds in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Amsterdam
But there's not a diamond as bright as those eyes by the Zuyder Zee.
 
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Written and composed by A.J. Mills & Bennett Scott - 1906
Performed by Maudi Darrell (1883-1910)
 
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