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Only me
Additional title: A mother of fashion, was being arrayed, by her dainty French maid Babette. [first line]
Additional title: Only me, only me, sobbed in a weary tone. [first line of chorus]
Ford, Walter H. (Lyricist)
Bratton, John W. (John Walter) (1867-1947) (Composer)
Lowrey, Frederick J. (Dedicatee)
Maxwell, Joseph (d. 1930) (Singer)
Greene, Grace L. (Owner)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1894

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Date Issued: 1894
Place: New York
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Mothers and daughters
Children -- Death
Child abuse
Sheet music
Content: On cover: Introduced with great success by the popular tenor Joseph B. Maxwell of "Maxwell & Simpson." Cover includes a photograph of Joseph B. Maxwell.
Content: Signature of former owner on cover at top center: Grace L. Greene, Brooklyn, July 17, 1896.
Content: Dedicated above caption title: Respectfully dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Fredk J. Lowrey, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Content: Cover includes a drawing of a child at the foot of a bed, her head buried in her arms.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom right: Chas. W. Held music house, Jul. 17, 1896, 310 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Content: Note on cover: The story told in this little song is of a mother who lavished all her maternal caresses upon one favorite child, while the other she treated with indifference. The childish expression "It's only me" made a deeper impression on the author than a masterpiece of grammatical construction could possible have done.
Statement of responsibility: words by Walter H. Ford ; music by John W. Bratton.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a074c780-c58f-012f-4469-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1894: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Only me