For sale is a vintage 1918 Music Sheet written and composed by Irving Berlin, “Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning”. The music was published by Waterson, Berlin and Snyder Co. The sheet is in good condition with small tears, tape repair on the interior, and some corner wear. Cover features a dough boy bugler sounding reveille.
Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” gives a comic perspective on military life. Berlin composed the song as an expression of protest against the indignities of Army routine shortly after being drafted into the United States Army in 1918. The song soon made the rounds of camp and became popular with other soldiers, partly because hatred of reveille was universal. Although Berlin initially wrote “Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” without commercial intent, it eventually appeared in three different Broadway shows, including Ziegfeld Follies of 1918, and the film ‘This Is the Army’. More than any other Irving Berlin song, it became the one most associated with Berlin as a performer.
Here are the lyrics:
The other day I chanced to meet a soldier friend of mine,
he’d been in camp for several weeks and he was looking fine;
His muscles had developed and his cheeks were rosy red,
I asked him how he liked the life, and this is what he said:
Oh! how I hate to get up in the morning,
Oh! how Id love to remain in bed;
For the hardest blow of all, is to hear the bugler call;
you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up this morning!
Some day I’m going to murder the bugler,
Some day they’re going to find him dead;
Ill amputate his reveille, and step upon it heavily,
And spend the rest of my life in bed.