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The only way
Additional title: "'Tis the only way," he said, "I will die for you." [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Two friends, in France, once loved a girl. [first line of song]
Witt, Max S. (Composer)
Roden, Robert F. (Lyricist)
Miller, Henry (1860-1926) (Author)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York ; Chicago ; [etc.]
Publisher: Jos. W. Stern & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799
Man-woman relationships
Content: Cover design includes photograph of Henry Miller with a reproduction of his signature.
Content: Cover design, printed in yellow and black, includes drawing of the final scene of Charles Dickens's A tale of two cities: Sydney Carton approaching a guillotine; at his feet are the hats of a crowd.
Content: On cover and below caption title: Founded on Henry Miller's great success, "The only way - a tale of two cities," a dramatization of Charles Dickens' famous novel.
Content: Summary: Text of song is a summary of the love interest in A tale of two cities, how two men love the same woman, but to save one from the guillotine, Carton chooses to take his place, as it is "the only way."
Statement of responsibility: words by Robert F. Roden ; music by Max S. Witt.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 p. ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 670217d0-c595-012f-5483-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The only way" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The only way" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 28, 2020.

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The only way