Sheet Music Collection Finding Aid


Sheet Music Collection Finding Aid


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library staff




1844-1972; Bulk: 1906-1924


Printed sheet music, most of it from the years of the Wilson administration.


Ray Davis


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum


Cataloging of archival materials


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library staff




The music is arranged alphabetically by title.

Sheet Music- alphabetized by title
“1912 Campaign Song: Woodrow Wilson”; words by Ignatius Brennan; music by Francis A. Myers; [1912]

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”; words and music by Irving Berlin; 1912

“Alice Blue Gown” from the musical comedy Irene; words by Joseph McCarthy; music by Harry
Tierney; 1919

“America’s Leader: A Statesman, and a Patriot True, America is Proud of You Our Leader Woodrow Wilson”; published by Luke A. Keenan; 1916

“American Dance Music Collection,” Boston, 1885.

“Au Revoir, But Not Good-bye, Soldier Boy”; words by Lew Brown; music by Albert von Tilzer; 1917

“Be Good to California, Mr. Wilson (California Was Good to You); words by Andrew B. Sterling; music by Robert A. Keiser; 1916

“Don’t Be Anybody’s Soldier Boy But Mine”; words by Joe Lyons; music by Frank Magine; 1918

“Don’t Forget Waltz”; by Edward Brey; 1917

“Fall into Line for Your Motherland” as sung in the All-Soldier Show The Army Play by Play; words by President Woodrow Wilson; music by Dr. Frank Black and John Golden; 1916; cover contains the text of a letter by President Wilson, in which he thanks the producer for “cho[osing] the words for the song from my speeches”

“Father of the Land We Love”; written for the American people by George M. Cohan to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington; 1932 - signed

“A Friend of Mine Told A Friend of Mine”; words by Alfred Bryan; music by Kendis & Paley; 1906

“The Glory of Peace: International War Song”; words and music by Mr. & Mrs. Stanley H. Frazier; 1919

“Gone,” Lovingly Dedicated to the Memory of Woodrow Wilson; words and music by
Marie Bruch; 1924

“Good Morning, Mr. Zip-Zip-Zip!”; by Robert Lloyd, Army Song Leader; 1917

“Hindustan”; by Oliver Wallace and Harold Weeks; 1918

“Hush-a-bye, Ma Baby” (The Missouri Waltz); words by J. R. Shannon; arranged for piano by Frederick Knight Logan; 1914

“The ‘Hyphen’ Hymn: An American Recruitment Song”; by Peter Murphy; arranged by John Lecht; 1917

“I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be a Soldier”; words by Alfred Bryan; music by Al Plantadosi; 1915

“I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)”; words by Will Dillon; music by Harry Von Tilzer; 1911

“It’s Time for Every Boy To Be a Soldier”; words by Alfred Bryan; music by Harry Tierney; 1917

“Ja-Da (Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing!)” (2 copies, with different cover images); words and music by Bob Carleton, U.S.N.R.F.; 1918

“Joan of Arc They Are Calling You” (2 copies, from different sources); words by Alfred Bryan and Willie Weston; music by Jack Wells; 1917

“Keep the Home-Fires Burning (‘Till the Boys Come Home)”; words by Lena Guilbert Ford; music by Ivor Novello; 1914

“Let the Rest of the World Go By”; words by J. Keirn Brennan; music by Ernest P. Ball; 1919

“Liberty Calls”; words and music by Caroline B. Reynolds; 1917

“The Man Behind the Hammer and the Plow: A Song Every American Should Learn”; words and music by Harry von Tilzer; 1917

“Marche Aux Flambeaux” composed by G. Meyerbeer on the occasion of the betrothing of a princess of Prussia; arranged by Edward F. Rimbault; no date, but a handwritten, penciled note says that the music was probably written not long after 1850, and signed T. Elbus

“Moonlight Bay”; words by Edward Madden; music by Percy Wenrich; 1912

“Nellie Kelly I love You”; by George Cohan; 1922 – signed

“Oh, You Beautiful Doll”; words by Seymour Brown; music by Nat D. Ayer

“Old Nassau” (Princeton University); words by H. P. Peck; music by Carl Langlotz; arranged by E. J. Biedermann; 1900; on reverse side: “The Orange and the Black” (Princeton University); words by Clarence B. Mitchell; arranged by E. J. Biedermann; 1900

“Our Beloved Land: An Anthem for Our Time”; words by Robert Sample Taylor; music by Robert Sample Taylor and Dorothy D. Taylor; arranged by Dorothy R. Emery; 1969, 1972; (Taylor published the music and was a Virginia resident from Rileyville, VA 22650)

“Over There”; by George M. Cohan; 1917

“The Rose of No Man’s Land: (La Rose Sous Les Boulets)”; a song about the Red Cross nurse; 2 copies, with different covers; by Jack Caddigan and James A. Brennan; French text (printed above English words) by Louis Delamarre; 1918

“Row, Row, Row” in Ziegfeld Follies; words by William Jerome; music by Jimmie V. Monaco; 1912

“Smile, Old Winter. A Christmas Ballad.” Poetry by C. Mackay; music by Blewitt. From the Illustrated London News supplement. 21 December 1850.

“Smilin’ Through” from the motion picture version of the play Smilin’ Through; words and music by Arthur A. Penn; 1919

“Somewhere in France Is the Lily”; words by Philander Johnson; music by Joseph E. Howard; 1917

“The Staunton Quick Step” composed for the Piano Forte, and respectfully dedicated to his friend J. B. Breckinridge Esq. (of Staunton Va.) by Sigr. G. George; 1844

“The Syncopated Clock”; words by Mitchell Parish; music by Leroy Anderson; 1946

“That Naughty Waltz (Take me in your arms again and waltz, and waltz, and waltz)”; words by Edwin Stanley; music by Sol. P. Levy; 1920

“They Were All Out of Step But Jim”; by Irving Berlin; 1918

“Till We Meet Again”; words by Raymond B. Egan; music by Richard A. Whiting; 1918

“The Trail of the Lonesome Pine”; words by Ballard MacDonald; music by Harry Carroll; 1913

“Waiting at the Church; or, My Wife Won’t Let Me (Vesta Victoria’s New Song Successes)”; words by Fred W. Leigh; music by Henry E. Pether; 1906

“Washington” (Dedicated with reverent love and profound respect to the Capital City of the United States of America); words by Jessie I. Pierson; music by William T. Pierson; 1920

“We Take Our Hats Off to You, Mr. Wilson!”; words and music by Blanche Merrill; 1914

“We’re Going Over”; by Andrew B. Sterling, Bernie Grossman, and Arthur Lange; 1917

“When I Gets Out in No-Man’s Land (I Can’t Be Bother’d with No Mule),” words and music by Will E. Skidmore and Marshall Walker; 1918

“When I Return to the U.S.A. and You”- March Song (To Our Honored President Woodrow Wilson); words by Olivia Fariss Dinkins; music by Myrtle Mae McCay; 1910

“When Yankee Doodle Learns to ‘Parlez Vous Francais’”; words by Will Hart; music by Ed Nelson; 1917

“Where Do We Go From Here?”; by Howard Johnson and Percy Wenrich; 1917

“Will You Remember (Sweetheart)”; words by Rida Johnson Young; music by Sigmund Romberg; 1917

“Wilson’s March to the White House”; by Alice Musser Cauley
“The Woodrow Wilson Inaugural” March and Two-Step; by Newton B. Heims and Jacques Hertz; arranged by W. Lewis; 1913

“A Young Man’s Fancy (Music Box Song)” from the Broadway musical comedy, What’s In a Name?; words by Jack Yellen and John Murray Anderson; music by Milton Ager; 1920

Biography or History

Of particular note, the collection contains sheet music entitled “The Staunton Quick Step,” which was composed in 1844 for a resident of Staunton, J. B. Breckinridge, Esq.

Scope and Content

Almost all of the sheet music is from Wilson’s time period. The following themes are addressed by some of the lyrics: Princeton University, Wilson’s presidential campaign and 1913 inaugural, celebrating/commemorating Wilson’s presidency and life, World War I (romantic, folksy, ethnic), the Red Cross nurse, and patriotism. Wilson period songs range from 1906-1920, including one from Ziegfeld Follies. Musical styles include waltzes and marches, and some music was written specifically for piano and stringed instruments.


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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library staff, “Sheet Music Collection Finding Aid,” 1844-1972; Bulk: 1906-1924, FA100038, Sheet Music Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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