DESCRIPTION: "A music hall was crowded in a village o'er the sea, And brilliant lights were flashing everywhere." A minstrel sings, and a "darkey" remembers his mother and the days of his youth; he begs, "Sing again that sweet refrain"
AUTHOR: Gussie L. Davis (1863-1899) ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (Dean)
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dean, p. 121, "Sweet Refrain" (1 text)
NLScotland, RB.m.143(124), "Sing again that Sweet Refrain," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1880-1900
A Minstrel from the Sunny South
NOTES [60 words]: This business of a song inspiring a memory seems to have been a common idea in the late nineteenth century; Julian Jordan did it with "The Song That Reached My Heart," which treats "Home! Sweet Home! the way this song treats "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)."
For brief background on composer Gussie L. Davis, see the notes to "The Baggage Coach Ahead." - RBW
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