#03578
If Those Lips Could Only Speak
(Isle aux Morts Boys)
See also: Only A Beautiful Picture
(Wayne S Morgan)

If those lips could only speak,
if those eyes could only see,
If those beautiful golden tresses
were here in reality;
Could I only take your hand
as I did when you took my name,
But it's only a beautiful picture
in a beautiful golden frame.

He stood in that beautiful mansion,
surrounded by riches untold,
And he gazed at a beautiful picture
that hung in a frame of gold;
Was a picture of a lady,
so beautiful, young and fair,
To this beautiful life-like vision
he murmered in sad despair:

If those lips could only speak,
if those eyes could only see,
If those beautiful golden tresses
were here in reality;
Could I only take your hand
as I did when you took my name,
But it's only a beautiful picture
in a beautiful golden frame.

He stood there and gazed on that picture,
slumbering, forgetting all pain,
There in that mansion in fancy
she stood by his side again;
His lips they softly murmered
the name of his woman sweet bride,
With his eyes fixed on that picture,
he awoke from the dream and cried:

If those lips could only speak,
if those eyes could only see,
If those beautiful golden tresses
were here in reality;
Could I only take your hand
as I did when you took my name,
But it's only a beautiful picture
in a beautiful golden frame,
It's only a beautiful picture
in a beautiful, golden frame.

####.... Variant of Charles Ridgewell and Will Godwin's 1907 variety song, If Those Lips Could Only Speak. Will Godwin is also noted as having sung the song (Sixty Old Time Variety Songs, Francis Day and Hunter, London, pp.74-76) ....####
This variant was recorded by The Isle aux Morts Boys (My Newfoundland Shore, trk#9, 1988 Cassette, Independent, Isle aux Morts, NL).

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A variant was also recorded as Only A Beautiful Picture by Wayne S Morgan of Port de Grave, NL (Fisherman's Pride, trk#4, 2002, Sawyer Hill Productions. Placentia, NL).

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