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You must not touch
Additional title: Ah! This is too much, you must not touch, hands off! at once I say. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Girl from Maxim's. You must not touch. [uniform title]
Additional title: When Jean was but a tender child, a boy of five or six. [first line of song]
Furst, William (1852-1917) (Composer)
Goodwin, J. Cheever (John Cheever) (1850-1912) (Lyricist)
Hall, Josephine (Singer)
Hall, Josephine (Dedicatee)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Howley, Haviland & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Conduct of life
Content: Cover design includes drawing of an elegantly dressed man and woman.
Content: On cover: As sung by Miss Josephine Hall. Cover includes photograph of Josephine Hall with reproduction of her signature.
Content: Dedication on cover at top: Dedicated to Miss Josephine Hall.
Content: Summary: As a young boy Jean would misbehave and steal candies from the kitchen; his mother told him not to touch; when he was older his mother caught him kissing the cook and again admonished him not to touch; now he is older, still likes sweets; the narrator recalls that Jean tried to misbehave with her so she had to tell him not to touch.
Statement of responsibility: words by J. Cheever Goodwin ; music by William Furst.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e588ff80-c595-012f-af7b-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1852: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1917: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "You must not touch" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "You must not touch" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 26, 2017.

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Wikipedia Citation

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You must not touch