“School Days” Free Sheet Music Download for September

Red School HouseThe song “School Days” was originally written in 1906, and was registered with the copyright office in 1907. This sentimental song about two adults looking back on their youth is also known by the title “School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids).” Now you can download free sheet music for School Days through the end of September.

The lyrics (which are included below) describe the story of two adult characters named “Nellie” and “Joe,” who take a nostalgic look back at their time in school during the late 1800s. Some of the lyrics shine a light on a much different period of education. For example, a hickory stick was used to discipline kids back in those days, whereas that would never be permitted in today’s educational system.

Fans of music from this era might recognize some other songs by Gus Edwards, who composed School Days. “In My Merry Oldsmobile” and “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon” are two of his most beloved songs.

Click here to get free sheet music for School Days through September 30th.

Lyrics for “School Days”

VERSE 1
Nothing to do, Nellie Darling
Nothing to do you say
Let’s take a trip on memory’s ship
Back to the bygone days
Sail to the old village school house
Anchor outside the school door
Look in and see
There’s you and there’s me
A couple of kids once more

REFRAIN
School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate
“I love you, so”
When we were a couple of kids

VERSE 2
‘Member the hill Nellie Darling
And the oak tree that grew on its brow
They’ve built forty storeys
Upon that old hill
And the oak’s an old chestnut now
‘Member the meadows so green, dear
So fragrant with clover and maize
Into new city lots
And preferred business plots
They’ve cut them up since those days

REFRAIN
School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days.
Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate
“I love you, so”
When we were a couple of kids

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