William Frawley—who later played Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy— claimed he was the first person to perform the song publicly, in 1912, in the Mozart Cafe at 1647 Curtis Street in Denver, Colorado. Frawley told this story during a May 3, 1965, appearance on the TV game show I've Got a Secret.
Come sweetheart mine; don't sit and pine Tell me of the cares that make you feel so blue What have I done answer me, hon' Have I ever said an unkind word to you My love is true and just for you I'd do almost anything at anytime Dear, when you sigh or when you cry Something seems to grip this very heart of mine
Come to me, my melancholy baby Cuddle up and don't be blue . . . All your fears are foolish fancies, maybe You know, dear that I'm in love with you!
Every cloud must have a silver lining Wait until the sun shines through Smile, my honey dear, while I kiss away each tear Or else I shall be melancholy too!