“Sweet Refrain”


"A music hall was crowded in a village o?er the sea, And brilliant lights were flashing everywhere." A minstrel sings, and a "darkey" remembers his mother and the days of his youth; he begs, "Sing again that sweet refrain"


This business of a song inspiring a memory seems to have been a common idea in the late nineteenth century; Julian Jordan did it with "The Song That Reached My Heart," which treats "Home! Sweet Home! the way this song treats "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River." - RBW


  • NLScotland, RB.m.143(124), "Sing again that Sweet Refrain," Poet's Box (Dundee), c. 1880-1900


  1. Dean, p. 121, "Sweet Refrain" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4834
  3. BI, Dean121


Alternate titles: “A Minstrel from the Sunny South”
Author: Gussie L. Davis ?
Earliest date: 1922 (Dean)
Keywords: music
Found in: US(MW)