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ANDREW B. STERLING and HARRY VON TILZER!<br>Famed Tin Pan Alley Era Songwriters<br>1921 Songwriting Agreement for<br>Roaring '20s  Tune, HUMPTY DUMPTY

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Offered here is a great 1921 copyright certificate signed by the great popular song lyricist, Andrew B. Sterling.

The lyrics of the song epitomized the flambouyance of the roaring '20s with lyrics like:

Humpty Dumpty sat upon a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had an awful fall.
A girl was passing by.
Her skirt was rather high.
She kept on going, never knowing--
Glory! How the wind was blowing!
Humpty Dumpty nearly lost an eye.
If you're a man, you know the reason why.
She said, "Would you please tie my shoe?"
Of course, 'twas just a stall.
But that's what made poor Humpty Dumpty fall.

(A full copy of the lyrics will be provided to buyer upon request)

Also having signed the contract is the legendary songwriter and Music Publisher, Harry Von Tilzer (Von Tilzer is given a songwriting credit for Humpty Dumpty as well in published versions of the song)

Harry Von Tilzer (born Harry Gumm) had quite a colorful history. There is a very interesting short biography of Von Tilzer available on the internet - Click here to read more about Harry Von Tilzer.

To view a closeup of the top portion of the contract, please click the above image.
Click here to view the lower half of the document with signatures of Andrew Sterling and Harry Von Tilzer.

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