Lyrics: First verse ""Oh, let me live on Broadway, where the lights are all a-glow, Where ev'ryone seems happy in the crowds that come and go,"" Thus speaks the foolish dreamer, and he prays his dream come true, But he'd never leaave the village if he knew: Chorus There's a broken heart for ev'ry light on Broadway, A million tears for every gleam, they say, Those lights, above you, think nothing of you, It's those who love you that have to pay. There's a sorrow lurking in each gloomy shadow, And sorrow comes to ev'ryone some day, ‘Twill come to our brothers, But think of the mothers with broken hearts for each light on Broadway. Second verse There's broken-hearted husbands, and there's broken-hearted wives, And broken-hearted sweethearts who must now lead double lives; And there's the boy and girl who thought ‘twas right to take a chance, And they all must pay the fiddler, if they dance: (Chorus)
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