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“Keep the Home Fires Burning (Till the Boys Get Home)”

“Keep the Home Fires Burning (Till the Boys Get Home)”

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Keep the Home Fires Burning (Till the Boys Get Home).” The song’s lyrics were written by Lena Guilbert Ford, and the music was composed by Ivor Novello. The sheet music was published by Chappell & Co of New York in 1915. The simple cover lists the song as costing 60 cents. The song was an appeal for those at home during World War II to keep their heads up and keep their home fires burning while their hearts are yearning for their lads that are far away.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
1914
lyricist
Ford, Lena Guilbert
composer
Novello, Ivor
publisher
Chappell and Co., Ltd.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 in x 10 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
1983.0313.05
accession number
1983.0313
catalog number
1983.0313.05
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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