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SEND ME AWAY WITH A SMILE (Louis Weslyn / Albert Piantidosi) John McCormack - 1917 M.J. O'Connell - 1917 Henry Burr - 1917 Arthur Fields - 1917 Earl Fuller's Rector Novelty Orch. (Instr.) - 1918 as recorded by John McCormack 1917 Little girl, don't cry, I must say goodbye, Don't you hear the bugle call? And the fife and drum Beats a fair old tum, Where the flag waves o'er our all. Though I love you so, It is time to go And the soldier in me, you'll find, When on land or sea, Many boys like me; You would not have me stay behind! So, Send me away with a smile, little girl, Brush the tears from eyes of brown. It's all for the best And I'm off with the rest Of the boys from my own home town. It may be forever we part, little girl, But it may be for only a while. But if fight here we must, Then on God is our trust, So send me away with a smile! When I leave you, dear, Give me words of cheer To recall in times of pain. They will comfort me And will seem to be Like the sunshine after rain. And mid shot and shell, I'll remember well You've a heart of a soldier too, And that through this war I am fighting for My country and my home and you! So, Send me away with a smile, little girl, Brush the tears from eyes of brown. It's all for the best And I'm off with the rest Of the boys from my own home town. It may be forever we part, little girl, But it may be for only a while. But if fight here we must, Then in God is our trust, So send me away with a smile! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - February 2016)

    


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