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loganmom wrote at 2008-06-06 14:38:14
Our high school sings this song every year at graduation.  I was also looking for the lyrics, as well as some background information on the origin of the song.  Our exchange student was curious about it.

From the recording I made of my son's graduation (he and a friend sang the song) here are most of the lyrics: Oh behold the halls of ivy

         That surround us here today

         (?When?) we will not forget

         Though we be far, far away

         To the hallowed halls of ivy

         Every heart will bid farewell

         and shimmer off in twilight

         Like the old vesper bell

         One day our heart will (?fall?)

         The footsteps of us all

         Will echo down the hall & disappear

         But as we sadly start

         Our journey far apart

         A part of every (?thought? heart?)

         Will linger near

         In the sacred hall of ivy

         Where we live & learn to know

         That through the years we'll see you

         In the sweet after glow

I think I could attach my recording if I had your e-mail.


janice wrote at 2008-08-13 18:53:01
Those lyrics are incomplete!  Add the following:



One day a hush will fall,

The footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.

But as we sadly start

Our journey far apart,

A part of every heart will linger here

In the sacred halls of ivy,

Where we've lived and learned to know

That through the years, we'll see you

In the sweet afterglow.



We sang this song at my 6th grade graduation, and I played the xylophone as accompaniment!  


jambo wrote at 2008-08-19 14:17:04
Oh we love the halls of ivy

That surround us here today

And we will not forget thou

We be far far away



To the hallowed halls of Ivy

Every voice will bid farewell

And shimmer off in twilight

Like the old vesper bell





One day a hush will fall,

the footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.



But as we sadly start

Our journeys far apart

A part of every heart will linger here



In the sacred halls of ivy

Where we’ve lived and learned to know

That through the years we’ll see you

In the sweet afterglow.




ditty wrote at 2008-09-18 21:42:12
Oh we love the halls of ivy

that surround us here today

And we will not for get tho' we be far, far away



To the hallowed halls of ivy,

ev'ry voice will bid farewell

and shimmer off in twilight like the old vesper bell



One day a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all

will echo down the hall and disappear

But as we sadly start our journeys for apart,

a part of ev'ry heart will linger here

in the sacred halls of ivy

where we've lived and learned to know,

that through the years we'll see you in the sweet after glow.


Gerald wrote at 2009-07-09 03:34:27
As I remember the next verse



One day a hush will fall

the footsteps of us all

We'll echo down the halls and disappear

But as we sadly start

our journeys far apart

A part of every heart will linger here



Oh we love the halls of ivy that surround us here today

And we will not forget (her?) though we be far far away


Mary Ann wrote at 2009-10-03 15:41:41
it continues:

One day a voice will call, the footsteps of us all, will echo down the hall and disappear.

But as we sadly start our journeys far apart,

a part of every heart will linger here, in the sacred halls if ivy, where we've lived and learned to know; and through the years we'll see you in the sweet afterglow.


Jane wrote at 2009-11-04 10:08:54
There is a bridge to this song that I remember.  The rhythm picks up a little, as I recall:





"One day a hush will fall --

The footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.

But as we sadly start

Our journey far apart

A part of every heart will linger here."



Then it goes back into the tune & rhythm that the first part you included has.



"In the sacred halls of ivy

Where we lived and learned to know

That through the years we'll see you

In the sweet afterglow."



I was in middle school at the time & don't remember a lot about the show, but I always thought the theme song was beautiful.


EoGuy wrote at 2009-12-02 05:19:51
The radio and TV program "The Halls of Ivy" about a college used these lyrics sung by a men's chorus.  


daylily wrote at 2010-09-19 03:09:13
Chorus:

One day a hush will fall,

The footsteps of us all

Will echo down the halls and disappear.

But as we sadly start

Our journeys far apart,

A part of every heart will linger here, in



The sacred halls of ivy,

Where we lived and learned to know,

That through the years we'll see you

In the sweet afterglow.


Bob Ralston wrote at 2010-11-19 23:43:28
Steve Ramm listed the words to only the first half of "The Halls of Ivy" -- only the 1st half of the A-A-B-A song.



He's correct on the A-A parts.  Please add the B-A words, which I will furnish now (starting with the bridge):



One day a hush will fall. The footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.

And as we sadly start our journeys far apart,

A part of every heart will linger here.



In the sacred Halls of Ivy,

Where we've lived and learn to know.

And we will not forget, tho' it be long, long ago.



(I may not have the very last line exactly right, but I'm sure the rest is correct.  "The Halls of Ivy" was my favorite radio show, when I was a teenager in 1950 -52.   Sincerely, Bob Ralston, pianist/organist on the Lawrence Welk TV Show.)


tohnfenyar@hotmail.com wrote at 2010-12-04 23:06:06
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will echo dinger hown the hall and dissapear

but as we sadly start

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Bill Hodges wrote at 2011-06-21 14:32:59
6/21/11 The triple quartet, Cayuga's Waiters of the 1950's, have had this song as part of their repertoire for at least 10 years, probably longer. The handwritten piece of 4-part music for men that I have says it was arranged by Claude Williams and transcribed to the written page by one of our members by Jim Galusha. I suppose he transcribed it from a record of a group singing it.



Our group was formed in out student days in 1949 at Cornell University and still exist. Each year some of us in the 1950's group get together for a reunion and "Halls of Ivy" is usually a part of the programs we sing.



I'd like to know where it originated. One of our our group thinks it originated with Gilbert and Sullivan but I don't know how reliable that information is.  


AlinAZ wrote at 2011-08-27 15:59:41
The rest of it goes:

Some day a hush will fall

The footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.

And as we sadly start

Our journeys far apart

A part of every heart will linger here

In the hallowed halls of ivy

Where we live and learn to know

The through the years we'll see you

in the sweet afterglow


Pete Frailey wrote at 2011-08-30 04:50:53
That's the first verse. There's a bridge and an end.  Bridge: Someday a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all will echo down the hall and disappear. But as we slowly start our journeys far apart, a part of every heart will linger here... (final verse) In the  hallowed halls of Ivy, where we've lived and learned to know That we will always see you in the sweet afterglow.



That's the way I remember it. I've been a professional musician most of my life, and I first heard the song on the radio show. Yes, I'm an old man, but with a young heart.


rocky wrote at 2011-12-10 02:10:53
  this is the bridge to that song..."One day a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all, will echo down the hall and disappear. But as we sadly start, our journeys far apart, a part of every heart will linger here in the sacred halls of ivy, where we lived and learned to grow and through the years we'll see you in the sweet after glow."


Bob wrote at 2012-03-19 15:31:50
One day a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all

Will echo down the hall and disappear.

But as we sadly start our journeys far apart,

A part of every heart will linger here



In the sacred halls of ivy, where we lived and learned to know

That through the years we'll see you in the sweet afterglow.


dwtsfan wrote at 2012-04-03 03:53:46
then came after the first 2 lines:

one day a hush will fall, the footsteps of us all, will  echo down the halls and disappear.

and as we sadly start,

our journeys far apart,

a part of every heart will linger here,

in the sacred halls of ivy, every voice will bid etc. as much as i can remember.

they used to sing it in my high school, class of '57


Dave Begley wrote at 2014-12-03 01:16:01
2nd verse



"One day a hush will fall

the footsteps of us all

will echo down the hall and disappear



But as we sadly start

our journey far apart

a part of every heart will linger here



In the hallowed halls of Ivy

where we live and learn to know

that through the years we'll see you in the sweet after-glow


Phil Rooney wrote at 2015-07-21 17:34:51
H.S. (56) Glee club sang this, I remember the last lines like this:





In the hallowed halls of Ivy



where we live and learn to know



that we will be together in the sweet afterglow  


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