On the Mall
Lyric to Goldman's "On the Mall"
from the memory of Dick Parks ca 1947:
On a peaceful summer evening when the sun has set
And the cares of the day linger yet,
Don't be sad and don't be tired, there's a place to go
Where there's rest brought by sweet music's flow.
'Neath the trees with shadows dark,
The starry sky above,
There is calm, there is peace, there is love.
There's forgetting care and trouble,
All may claim a share
Of joy, hope, and courage rare.
Above words sung in school music class 1941-42
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Thanks to Len Wheat for submitting the lyrics.
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This tune squirmed its way into my mind this morning around 5:00am, after my not thinking about it for maybe 60 years or so.... I must have learned it in junior high. Where did it come from? Who is Goldman? I think the lyrics are quite happy and carefree--they come from a more innocent and happy time. We had just come out of WWII and Korea had not started up yet.
Edwin Franko Goldman was a march composer of the 20th century in the USA.
In the late 1950's, this march was used in a radio commercial for White Owl Cigars. One line I remember:
"See what pleasure a White Owl can give...
So make haste to the taste,
there's no time to waste, why don't you light up a White Owl and live!"
The school I went to in Hampton, Virginia; Willis Syms Eaton named after the first school in the country I believe, taught it to the 5th grade students.
It was great to see the words, it has been on my mind for years and years. I learned it in school music class, probably about 6th or 7th grade, which would have made it about 1945-46. I attended Ellenville, NY high school. I remembered the first two lines, a class-mate helped with the next two, but thanks to Dick Parks' memory, I now know it all again. Wonderful! Thanks.
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