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Thread #66800   Message #2928212
Posted By: GUEST
15-Jun-10 - 09:23 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: In the Bright Mohawk Valley
Subject: Lyr Add: IN THE BRIGHT MOHAWK VALLEY (J Kerrigan)
Words and Music By James J. Kerrigan
As Sung By John W. Rice
Published by Howley, Haviland & Co, 40 East 20th St, New York
Copyright MDCCCXCVI by Howley Haviland & Co.    (1896)
Melody extremely close to "traditional" melody we all know.
Reprint available from PD Info ( for $4 + $1 shipping

Oh they say from this valley you're going,
We shall miss your sweet face and bright smile,
You will take with you all the sunshine
That has gladdened our hearts for a while.
I have waited a long time time my darling,
For those words that your lips ne'er would say,
Now, the hope from my heart has departed,
And I'm told you're going away.

For the sake of the Past, do not leave me,
Do not hasten to bid me adieu!
Oh, remain in this bright Mohawk Valley,
With the fond heart that lives but for you.

Do you think of the valley you're leaving?
Oh, how dreary 'twill be when you go,
Have you thought of the heartk, so lonely,
That has loved you and cherished you so.
Tell me not that our lives must be severed,
Give me back, love, the smile once so dear,
Oh! this valley would lose all it brightness,
If its fairest of flow'rs were not here.