OH, PLEASE LET ME DANCE THIS WALTZ WITH YOU (JOE HILL) (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.

When I hear that melody, with its rhythmic harmony,
Then I feel just like I'd be in a dream entrancing,
And I'd like to float through space, softly glide from place to place,
With the fascinating grace of a fairy dancing.
Oh, please let me dance this waltz with you,
And look in your dreamy eyes of blue.
Sweet imagination, smooth, gliding sensation,
Oh, love, I would die just for dancing this waltz with you.
Listen to that mellow strain, come and let us waltz again.
Please don't let me ask in vain; I just feel like flying,
Put your head close to my heart, And we'll never, never part.
Come my darling, let us start, from joy I'm nearly dying.

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