Lee Cobb and Gus Edwards
Arr. by: Merv Rowley and Ruth Randle, 2010
It was with much nostalgia and pleasure that Ruth and Merv collaborated in arranging this
104-year-old piece of American music,
School Days. Many of the seniors among our readers will no doubt recall this classic by the team of Lee Cobb and Gus
Edwards.... a tale of puppy love of a century past!
Younger readers may wonder about the "slate", upon which Nellie wrote, "I Love You Joe". As depicted in the cover illustration of the sheet music, a slate was the forerunner of the paper tablet most can remember. Instead of a pencil, a small rod of soapstone (talc) was used to write upon a wood-framed piece of "slate" (shale).
Merv admits to using such a slate in grades 3 an 4, in a country school in
Ohio where he was raised. This was also the era of
inkwells, quill pens and pea-shooters. Punishment for students was no longer with a "hickory stick", but by a rap on the knuckles with a ruler, or assignment to stay after school to clean
the blackboards and "clap" the erasers (standing in a corner was common also, for "dummies").
About the Music
Most folks have never heard the introductory music and verses to this tune, so, thanks to Ruth, our readers can now hear and enjoy them once again.
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