Love's Old Sweet Song

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For the 1933 British film, see Love's Old Sweet Song (film).
"Love's Old Sweet Song"
Published 1884
Writer(s) G. Clifton Bingham
Composer(s) James Lynam Molloy
Language English

Love's Old Sweet Song is a Victorian parlour song published in 1884 by composer James Lynam Molloy and lyricist G. Clifton Bingham. The first line of the chorus is "Just A Song At Twilight", and it is sometimes misidentified as such.

The song has been recorded by many artists, including John McCormack and Clara Butt. The song is alluded to in James Joyce's Ulysses as being sung by Molly Bloom.

The song was recorded in 1923 for a two-reel short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.[1] It also appeared as the theme in the orchestral score in John Barrymore's 1926 picture The Sea Beast.[2]

The song is mentioned in the chorus of Moonlight Bay, a popular song written in 1912.

A surreal rendition of the song was performed by comedian Spike Milligan in his series Q5.


  1. ^ IMDB entry
  2. ^ "The Sea Beast". The New York Times. 16 January 1926. Retrieved 7 December 2014.