Lyrics: First verse There's a sweet little maiden I've loved many years, But my love I have never yet told, Tho' charming her manner, I've often had fears, She is tender and then at times cold; So I made up my mind that my fate I would know, And I sent her a Valentine, Breathing words of affection and love all a-glow, In the simple old fashioned rhyme: Refrain If of me you sometimes think, Send me back my bow of pink; If for me all hope is fled, Send me back my bow of red, You know that I would give my life Just to claim you for my wife; So, would you say your love is true, Send me back my bow of blue. Second verse There's a neat cozy cot that was just built for two, And tho' plain, it's a real happy home, For I am the one and the other is Sue, Who was sweetheart but now is my own. For the answer she sent me to that Valentine, Told me plainly her love was true, Not in words, bear in mind, for there wasn't a line, But a plain ribbon bow of blue. (Refrain)
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php