The Guiding Star Songster.
Advertised in the New York Tribune, March 14, 1865, as "Ready
today." One hundred pages, four full-page illustrations. Four sections:
Songs of War, Songs of Sentiment, Songs of Humor, and Songs of the Olden
Time. Among the songs in this number are "Father, Dear Father, Come Home
with Me Now," from the play version of "Ten Nights in the Bar Room," that
famous medley, "Tony Pastor's Combination Song," the original version
of "Yankee Doodle," and many patriotic songs.
Father, dear father, come home with me now,
The clock in the steeple strikes one;
You said you were coming right home from the shop
As soon as your day's work was done;
Our fire has gone out, our house is all dark,
And mother's been watching since tea,
With poor brother Benny so sick in her arms
And no one to help her but me!
Come home! Come home! Come home!
Please, father, dear father, come home.