This melancholical song was written in 1907 by Gus Edwards, and the lyrics by Will D. Cobb. It was made popular by Byron G. Harlan, keeping it as the number one song for 11 weeks running. School Days was also the Vaudeville play which first featured this song - with actors Eddie Cantor and George Jessel.

The Song:

School days, school days
Dear old golden rule days
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hickory stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate
"I love you, so"
When we were a couple of kids

Nothing to do, Nellie Darling
Nothing to do you say
Let's take a trip on memory's ship
Back to the bygone days
Sail to the old village school house
Anchor outside the school door
Look in and see
There's you and there's me
A couple of kids once more


'Member the hill, Nellie Darling
And the oak tree
That grew on its brow
They've built forty storeys
Upon that old hill
And the oak's an old chestnut now
'Member the meadows so green, dear
So fragrant with clover and maize
Into new city lots
And preferred business plots
They've cut them up since those days