THE SHADOWS ON THE BLIND
 
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When the winter's log is burning, when the hills are clothed in snow
In the dear old chimney corner, one enjoys the cheery glow
Of the fire, which throws its shadows quaint and curious on the blind
Forming realistic pictures soon to fade from sight and mind.

Chorus: Shadows on the blind, shadows on the blind
Some will remind us of bygone days
Bringing back mem'ries of childhood ways
But oh, how they change, then fade from mind
Life's but a shadow - it flickers and dies
Like the shadows on the blind.


Children love to watch the shadows when the lights are burning low
Dwarfs at first the figures seen, then into giants soon they grow
Sweethearts, too, will build their castles for the future you will find
Castles which are doomed to vanish like the shadows on the blind.

Chorus: Shadows on the blind, shadows on the blind
Some will remind us of bygone days
Bringing back mem'ries of childhood ways
But oh, how they change, then fade from mind
Life's but a shadow - it flickers and dies
Like the shadows on the blind.


In the dear old chimney corner you may see a couple old
Fifty years they've pulled together since their love tales first were told
He is proud to love and cherish and his will she still obeys
Just as when they watched the 'shadows on the blind' in bygone days.

Chorus: Shadows on the blind, shadows on the blind
Some will remind us of bygone days
Bringing back mem'ries of childhood ways
But oh, how they change, then fade from mind
Life's but a shadow - it flickers and dies
Like the shadows on the blind.
 
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Words and music by F.V. St. Clair - 1901
Performed by Georgina Lennard (1867-1954)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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