PLAY THAT MELODY AGAIN
 
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'Twas yesterday at eventide - the sun was setting low
I watched it bathe my wife's grey hair in one soft crimson glow
She sat and played, 'When Other Lips' and then in reverie
The past came back, when first we met she played that melody
I left my seat, I sought her side, I kissed that silv'ry head
For forty years a faithful wife, then tenderly I said,

Chorus: 'Play that melody again - bring me back those days of yore
When with love you first enthralled this heart of mine
Play that melody once more
Years have passed and I have only one regret
One regret that is in vain
Just to see you, dear one, as I saw you then
Play that melody again.'


The music ceased, she sadly smiles, and in her eyes I read
A mother's tender thoughts had flown to absent ones long sped
Once more she played - 'twas 'Home Sweet Home' its holy harmony
Brought to my mind those children who once played around my knee
To manhood grown, they wandered forth - a tear bedimmed my eye
That dear old song, it brought them back, I murmured with a sigh,

Chorus: 'Play that melody again - bring me back those days of yore
Let me picture once again each tiny face
Play that melody once more
They have left the nest that once was all to them
faced the world and all its pain
Bring me back the music of each baby voice
Play that melody again.'


Tonight the strains of music soft come stealing through the door
They bring to me a memory now that thrills me o'er and o'er
For 'tis the 'Cambells Coming' which I love to hear her play
It saved our lives at 'Lucknow' and it stirs my soul today
Once more I see that city, once again at bay we stand
A few score helpless white folk in a black rebellious land.

Chorus: 'Play that melody again - bring me back those days of yore
When from dark despair to joy our souls were turned
Play that melody once more
Where was piper ever heard, or music blessed
As we did that wild refrain?
England's glory gave me back, dear wife, to you
Play that melody again.'
 
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Written and composed by Fred J. Barnes & Charles Collins - 1900
Performed by Arthur Lennard (1867-1954)
 
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