Sheet Music: Long, Long Ago

TitleLong, Long Ago
Alternate titlesThe Long Ago
ComposerThomas Haynes Bayly (1797–1839)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
RangeG4–A5
Time signature4/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-09-19
Last updated2011-09-19
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Monday 19 September 2011

Tune of the Day: Long, Long Ago

English song by Thomas Haynes Bayly

This nostalgic song was written in 1833 by English composer Thomas Haynes Bayly. Originally named “The Long Ago”, its title was apparently changed by the editor when it was first published, posthumously, in a Philadelphia magazine, along with a collection of other songs and poems by Bayly. The song was well received, and became one of the most popular songs in the United States in 1844.

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,
Long, long ago, long ago,
Now you are come all my grief is removed,
Let me forget that so long you have roved.
Let me believe that you love as you loved,
Long, long ago, long ago.

Thanks to Dan for suggesting this tune!