WAIT TIL THE SUN SHINES NELLIE
Wait ‘Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” is a popular song. The music was written by Harry Von
Tilzer, the lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling. Published in 1905, the song has been recorded
many times and is now considered a pop standard. In a long-standing tradition, floor
traders at the New York Stock Exchange sing this song on the last trading day of every
year and on Christmas Eve. It is also a popular song in Barbershop music.
On a Sunday morn sat a maid forlorn
With her sweetheart by her side,
Through the window pane, she looked at the rain,
`We must stay home, Joe,` she cried.
`There’s a picnic, too, at the old Point View,
It’s a shame it rained today.`
Then the boy drew near, kissed away each tear,
And she heard him softly say:
Cho: `Wait till the sun shines, Nellie,
When the clouds go drifting by,
We will be happy, Nellie, Don’t you sigh.
Down Lover’s Lane we’ll wander,
Sweethearts you and I.
Wait till the sun shines, Nellie, Bye and bye.`
`How I long,` she sighed, `for a trolley ride
Just to show my brand new gown.`
Then she gazed on high with a gladsome cry
For the sun came shining down.
And she looked so sweet on the big front seat
As the car sped on its way,
And she whispered low, `Say you`re all right, Joe,
You just won my heart today.`