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Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, 1912

State Register of Historic Places


Cover of the 21st edition, published in 1923.

Birthplace of Famed Song informational designation, ID Number P22683
Significant Dates: 1911
State Register Listed: 05/01/1959
Marker Erected: 09/18/1959

Marker Text
BIRTHPLACE OF FAMED SONG | It was in the spring of1911 that two freshmen at Albion College, Byron D. Stokesand F. Dudleigh Vernor, wrote the words and music for asong they called “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.” The songmade a hit with their fraternity brothers, and requests ofcopies came in from other chapters. Within a few years themelody and lyrics of “The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” hadbecome familiar to people around the world.

Source: Michigan’s Historic Sites Online, Downloaded 2003.

View Sheet Music for the 28th Edition

28th edition, 1927
Lyric by Byron D. Stokes, Sigma Chi, 1913
Music by F. Dudleigh Vernor, Sigma Chi, 1914
Melrose Bros Music Co. Inc., Chicago

Verse 1
When the world goes wrong as it’s bound to do,
And you’ve broken Dan Cupid’s bow,
And you long for the girl you used to love,
The maid of the long ago;

Why, light your pipe, bid sorrow avaunt!
Blow the smoke from your altar of dreams,
And wreathe the face of your dream girl there,
The love that is just what it seems.

Chorus
The girl of my dreams is the sweetest girl of all the girls I know.
Each sweet coed, like a rainbow trail,
Fades in the after glow.
The blue of her eyes and the gold of her hair,
Are a blend of the western sky;
And the moonlight beams on the girl of my dreams,
She’s the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

Verse 2
Every magic breeze wafts a kiss to you,
From the lips of your “sweet sixteen”,
And one by one the maids you knew,
Bow to your Meer schaum Queen;

As years drift by on the tides of time,
And they all have forgotten but you,
Then the girl of your dreams the sweeter seems,
She’s the girl who is always true.


Marker located on the west wall of South Hall, also known as Dickie Hall and the Kellogg Center.

Source: Isaac Kremer, 2000