Song That Reached My Heart, The
DESCRIPTION: "I sat 'midst a mighty throng within a palace grand, In a city far beyond the sea, in a distant foreign land," as a girl sings "Home, Sweet Home." The memories of home, and the song, affect him deeply
AUTHOR: Julian Jordan (1850-1927)
EARLIEST DATE: 1887 (copyright)
KEYWORDS: home nonballad music
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dean, pp. 62-63, "The Song That Reached My Heart" (1 text)
NOTES: This strikes me as pretty feeble, but it was the first of several fairly big hits for Julian Jordan; he published this in 1887, then "Light of My Life" in 1889, 'Sweet Charity" in 1890, an "Just As We Used To Do at Home" in 1893 (gleaned from Spaeth, A History of Popular Music in America, pp. 604-607). He doesn't seem to have done much of note after that.
This business of a song inspiring a memory seems to have been a common idea in the late nineteenth century; Gussie L. Davis did it with "Sweet Refrain," which seems to treat "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River"" the way this song treats "Home! Sweet Home!" - RBW
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