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Thread #65565   Message #2360522
Posted By: Jim Dixon
08-Jun-08 - 03:00 AM
Thread Name: Anti-alcohol, temperance songs
Subject: Lyr Add: WILLIE HAS SIGNED THE PLEDGE (McChesney)
From The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:

M. H. McChesney. Chicago: Lyon & Healy, 1871.

1. Oh! May, have you heard the glorious news that mother was telling today?
Our Willie has signed the temperance pledge and put his bad habits away:
No more through the night we'll watch for him home, and shudder his footsteps to hear;
But gladly rejoice to shun him no more, or meet him with trembling fear.

CHORUS: Willie has signed the pledge. Willie has signed the pledge.
Happier days will come to us now, for Willie has signed the pledge.

2. A mothers' blest son, once more Willie stands, erect as an emblem of truth
So honest and manly, we're proud of him, May, so like the gay Will of our youth;
And May, mother's eyes, so tearful and sad, now light with the olden time joy;
Her faltering voice is musical now; an idol once more is our boy.

3. And you, my dear May, your blushes betray a feeling you never would show,
But come to my heart, for Willie reclaimed, a friend will again prove to you:
And oh! Let us hope the time is not far, when all this vile traffic shall end;
And man with the stamp of God on his brow, embrace not a fiend for his friend.