RING DOWN THE CURTAIN, I CAN'T SING TONIGHT
 
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One evening into a theatre I happened by chance to stray
'Twas crowded with beauty and fashion who came there to see the new play
A singer stepped forth to amuse us, when suddenly there came a cry
As a messenger gave him a letter, he read it and said with a sigh,

Chorus: 'Ring down the curtain, I can't sing tonight
My heart is breaking amid all this light
My little one's dying, my pride and delight
So ring down the curtain, I can't sing tonight.'


The clock on the mantel was ticking the moments as they flew by
O'er a cradle a mother was bending and praying her child might not die
But far away at the theatre the thousands who came to the play
Were silent tho' many were weeping as sadly the singer did say,

Chorus: 'Ring down the curtain, I can't sing tonight
My heart is breaking amid all this light
My little one's dying, my pride and delight
So ring down the curtain, I can't sing tonight.'
 
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Written and composed by Robert H. Brennen & Pauline B. Story - 1902
Performed by Joseph K. Emmet (1841-1891)
 
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