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Only a Face in the Firelight

Roud #26944

Written by American composer Charles Shackford, this song was recorded by tenor James McCool in 1904 (Victor 2732). This sentimental song describes someone dreaming of a deceased lover while slumbering by a fireside.

Listen to Petchie Nash and Frankie Nash sing “Only a face in the firelight,” view Aidan O'Hara's transcript, and download your own copy of the words.

Only a face in the firelight / Petchie Nash & Frankie Nash

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Only a face in the firelight / Petchie Nash & Frankie Nash

Only a face in the firelight, song (I was seated one night by the hearthstone ...) Written by American composer Charles Shackford, this song was recorded by tenor James McCool in 1904 (Victor 2732). This sentimental song describes someone dreaming of a deceased lover while slumbering by a fireside.

Petchie Nash and Frankie Nash's version of “Only a face in the firelight”

I was seated one night by the hearthstone, the embers were burning low,
Scenes of the past came before me, features of long ago.
I scarce say goodnight to the old folks who stole softly on to bed,
But there was a face in the firelight, that told of a love long dead.

Only a face in the firelight, pictured within my heart,
Pleading with me from the embers, asking why we should part.
Only the smile of a sweetheart, there in that flickering light,
Only a face in the firelight, a dream of a winter’s night.

I dreamed as I dozed in my armchair, to live those short years once more,
Sweethearts were there in the meadows, told of their love tales oh.
The old-fashioned clock in the corner, then chimed the midnight hour,
I woke but the features had vanished and so had those days of yore.

Only a face in the firelight, pictured within my heart,
Pleading with me from the embers, asking why we should part.
Only the smile of a sweetheart, there in that flickering light,
Only a face in the firelight, a dream of a winter’s night.