Don't Turn My Picture to the Wall

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Don't Turn My Picture to the Wall  (1912) 
by Jerome Kern (music and lyrics) and Robert B. Smith (lyrics)
Song from the musical The Girl from Montmartre.
Sheet music cover

[Verse]

(CORIGNON) You were a Princess, and I was a Prince
though our palace was up rather high
Yet no days so happy I've ever known since,
When we laugh'd lived and loved you and I
We were poor to be sure,
But we cared not for gold,
Life was fair, debonair,
In those dear days of old.
Ah those were the good times I dream of them yet,
When I was a student, and you a grisette.

[Refrain]

(PRALINE) I don't expect that you've been true to me
(CORIGNON) Thank you, You're very kind
(PRALINE) I don't expect that men can faithful be,
(CORIGNON) Thank you, if you don't mind
(PRALINE) But I Do expect, no matter whom you love,
Those old times with me you will recall,
So don't read my letters to your other girl,
And don't turn my picture to the wall.

[Verse]

(PRALINE) An heiress was I, and you were a King
though between us we hadn't a crown
But youth was our kingdom and all it could bring
Love was better than weath, or renown
You and I could defy,
All the whole world might say,
When we dined, Sometimes wined,
In that little cafe
Ah well I remember, Forget if you can,
When we lived the life of the Quatier Latin.

[Refrain]

(PRALINE) I don't expect that you've been true to me
(CORIGNON) Thank you, You're very kind
(PRALINE) I don't expect that men can faithful be,
(CORIGNON) Thank you, if you don't mind
(PRALINE) But I Do expect, no matter whom you love,
Those old times with me you will recall,
So don't read my letters to your other girl,
And don't turn my picture to the wall.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1951, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.