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Lyr Req: The Drummers Song? / Better Than Gold

GUEST,Dirgyro 22 Jul 02 - 12:50 PM
Mrrzy 22 Jul 02 - 02:01 PM
masato sakurai 22 Jul 02 - 07:13 PM
Jim Dixon 17 May 11 - 01:50 PM
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Subject: The Drummers Song
From: GUEST,Dirgyro
Date: 22 Jul 02 - 12:50 PM

This is a song my grandfather used to sing to me, what I enter here is all that I can remember, except that the story line was about drummers passing the time away each reminescing aloud of nostalgic memories of home, children, family, etc.

Song: In a pullman palace smoker Sat a number of bright men, You could tell that they were drummers Nothing seemed to bother them, When up spoke a handsome fellow "Come boys let's tell------- Something that will help to pass the time away"

"Just to see the baby rolling on the floor,---"

I do remember the melody or tune if I could locate all the verses.

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Subject: RE: The Drummers Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Jul 02 - 02:01 PM

I want the verse about the baby! Anybody?

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Subject: RE: The Drummers Song
From: masato sakurai
Date: 22 Jul 02 - 07:13 PM

The Little Town That Isn't On The Map may not be the one, but has a similar theme.

Title: The Little Town That Isn't On The Map.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words and Music By Chas. E. Baier.
Publication: Philadelphia: Blasius & Sons, 1016-1018 Chestnut St., 1905.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: In a Pullman palace grand, sat a merry little band, They were drummers and to pass the time away
First Line of Chorus: I seem to hear the chiming of the distant chapel belles across the fields of waving corn


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Subject: Lyr Add: BETTER THAN GOLD (Charles K. Harris)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 May 11 - 01:50 PM

From Chas. K. Harris' Complete Songster by Charles Kassell Harris (Chicago: Frederick J. Drake & Co., 1903), page 15:

Charles K. Harris
New York: C. K. Harris, ©1895.

In a Pullman palace smoker
Sat a number of bright men,
You could tell that they were drummers,
Nothing seemed to trouble them;
When up spoke a handsome fellow,
"Come, let's have a story, boys—
Something that will help to pass the time away."
"I will tell you how we'll manage,"
Said a bright knight of the grip,
"Let us have three wishes, something good and true,
We will give friend Bob the first chance,
He's the oldest gathered here."
Then they listened to the wish that's always new.

CHORUS: "Just to be a child again at mother's knee,
Just to hear her sing the same old melody,
Just to hear her speak in loving sympathy,
Just to kiss her lips again;
Just to have her fondle me with tender care,
Just to feel her dear soft fingers through my hair,
There is no wish in this world that can compare,
Just to be a child at mother's knee."

There they sat, those jolly drummers,
Not a sound that moment heard,
While their tears were slowly falling
There was no man spoke a word;
For the memories of their childhood days
Had touched their dear kind hearts,
When as children they had played at mother's knee.
Then at last the spell was broken
By another traveling man:
"Your attention for a moment I do crave,
I will tell you of one precious thing,
So dear to one and all,
'Tis a wish we long for to the very grave.

CHORUS: ''Just enough of gold to keep me all my days,
Just enough with which some starving soul to save,
Just enough I wish to help me on my way,
Just enough to happy be;
Just enough to know I'll ne'er be poor again,
Just enough to drive away all sorrow's pain;
You may wish for many things, but all in vain—
Give to me what precious gold can buy."

The conductor passing through the train
Stopped in the smoking car—
He had grown quite interested
In the stories told so far;
"Please excuse my interruption,
But I listened with delight
To your wishes, both of them so good and true.
Yet there is a wish that's dearer,
Better far than glittering gold,
Though a simple one, perhaps you all will say;
'Tis a longing that is in my heart
Each moment of my life—
'Tis a gleam of sunshine strewn across my way.

CHORUS: "Just to open wide my little cottage door,
Just to see my baby rolling on the floor,
Just to feel that I have something to adore,
Just to be at home again;
Just to hear a sweet voice calling papa dear,
Just to know my darling wife is standing near;
You may have your gold your lonely heart to cheer,
But I'll take my baby, wife, and home."

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