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(S)he's Me Pal (Sympathy-Pets)

Sub-titled on the original sheet music as "East Side Love Song. Lyric by Vincent Bryan, Music by Gus Edwards, 1905, early Tin Pan Alley favorite. Edwards, vaudevillian & impresario of a famed children's stage troupe, also penned "School Days," "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon," and "In My Merry Oldsmobile."

23rd Psalm/Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach) (Sympathy-Pets)

Perhaps the most quoted of all the 150 psalms (lyrical odes) attributed (loosely) to King David in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The music is the most famous selection from the "Hunting Cantata," BWV 208 by J.S. Bach(1685-1750).

Lord's Prayer, The (Sympathy-Pets)

Music by 20th century American composer Albert Hay Malotte, The classic text is the current Catholic version and that found in the 1928 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The original source is the 1662 English translation drawn from Greek & Latin versions of Matthew 6:9-13.

My Buddy (Sympathy-Pets)

Music by Walter Donaldson(1893-1947), lyrics by Gus Kahn(1886-1941), 1922. Between Donaldson & Kahn, separately and in collaboration, too many evergreens to list. "My Buddy" was routinely played in silent movie houses as the piano accompaniment for the film classic "Wings" (1927) set in WWI; and though written after the end of the conflict, its plaintive strains have always been associated with the Great War(1914-1918).

Old Dog Tray (Foster) (Sympathy-Pets)

From the pen of America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster(1826-1864). One of Foster's greatest achievements was conferring human status on blacks who were still widely considered chattel, property, slaves. Foster's sensitivity extended logically to animals as well, here to Man's Best Friend.

When I Lost You (Sympathy/Pets)

Written in 1912 by Irving Berlin(1888-1989) in response to the sudden death of his first wife just months after their marriage. This is the earliest of Berlin's simple, immensely expressive waltzes that would become one of the trademarks of America's Songwriter Laureate.