“Oh, Please Let Me Dance This Waltz with You”
Joe Hill, 1914
Published June 21, 2014, in the Salt Lake Tribune along with an interview with Joe Hill about his songwriting. His trial for murder had begun days earlier.
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.
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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