MY DREAMLAND GIRL (JOE HILL) (c. 1914)

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Hill's sentimental love songs never appeared in the "Little Red Songbook." These songs when analyzed today appear markedly inferior to his I. W. W. lyrics and give us a glimpse into an aspect of his personality about which little is known. Undeniably, it is an aspect of his personality contradictory to that admired by the I. W. W. Although several of Hill's I. W. W. songs exhibit a touch of sentimentality, none matches the three which follow. Two of them, "Come and Take a Joy-Ride in My Aeroplane" and "Oh, Please Let Me Dance This Waltz with You," were found by police in his room in the house where he was arrested in Salt Lake City in 1914. The Salt Lake Tribune printed the songs....

The third thoroughly sentimental song, "My Dreamland Girl," was found in the Joe Hill file of the Archives of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. It was printed on a small card, indicating that it had probably been for sale at one time.

Gibbs M. Smith, Labor Martyr Joe Hill, New York, NY, 1969, pp. 38-39.

Lyrics as reprinted ibid.

Would you like to get acquainted with my Dreamland Girl divine?
Never was a picture painted fairer than this girl of mine.
Sweet and graceful like a pansy, bright and charming like a pearl,
She's the idol of my fancy, she's my own -- my Dreamland Girl.
Charming Fairy Queen of my dreams,
Ever before me your face brightly beams:
Night and day l'm dreaming of you,
Some day my sweet dreams perhaps will come true.
She is coy and captivating, Venus-like in grace and pose,
With an air more fascinating than the fragrance of the Rose.
Like the stars her eyes are shining 'neath a wealth of golden hair,
And my heart is ever pining for my Dreamland Girl so fair.

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