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Don't Bring Me Posies

(It's Shoesies That I Need)

Words by Billy McCabe and Clarence Jennings; Music by Fred Rose (1921)

Irving Berlin had advanced quite a bit in the ten years that had elapsed between his publiation of Everybody's Doin' It Now and 1921, when the sheet music for Don't Bring Me Posies came out.  In fact, he was now Irving Berlin, Inc., Music Publishers! 

We are happy to offer the original sheet music of Don't Bring Me Posies for download as a PDF file.  The download includes the colorful original cover, and the price is $3.50. Charge it to your credit card or PayPal account.

 Don't Bring Me Posies

Note that the cover of the sheet music portrays a singer wearing blackface.  While that would be unacceptable today, a century ago it was not uncommon for singers (both black and white) to affect blackface makeup. In another cultural change, the theme of the song is "stage door johnnies" pursuing a chorus girl.  Whether a popular song appealing to all ages dealing with such obvious sexism would be acceptable today is a question to ponder.

Thanks to the Library of Congress, you can stream the Victor Record recording of this classic.  The orchestra (no vocal available) is the Benson Orchestra of Chicago, directed by Roy Bargy, recorded in 1922.


Kind of catchy, isn't it!  Like it?  Want to try it on your own piano?  Perhaps that old upright piano in your own front parlor?  Then, by all means, get the sheet music! 

Don't Bring Me Posies

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