(Jaan Kenbrovin* and John William Kellette)

I'm forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die.
Fortune's always hiding,
I've looked everywhere,
I'm forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.

I'm dreaming dreams, I'm scheming schemes,
I'm building castles high.
They're born anew, their days are few,
Just like a sweet butterfly.
And as the daylight is dawning,
They come again in the morning!


When shadows creep, when I'm asleep,
To lands of hope I stray!
Then at daybreak, when I awake,
My bluebird flutters away.
"Happiness, you seem so near me,
Happiness, come forth and cheer me!"



In 1919, when the song was written, James Kendis, James Brockman, and Nat Vincent all had separate contracts with publishers that led them to conflate their names into Jaan Kenbrovin for credit on I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.
For fun, you can find the ukulele chords here.
Barbershop quartets can find words & music here [pdf file].

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Listen to the linked
versions of the song:
from a 1919 Blue Amberol cylinder recording
manufactured by the Edison company
Jaan Kenbrovin
and John Kellette

Green Brothers Novelty Marimba Band/Orchestra (1921)
Edison cylinder recording

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Silver Leaf Jazz Band
Sugar Blues

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of Mrs Mills)

Lawrence Welk (Champagne Music
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Cyril Stapleton

Johnny Wiggs

Dean Martin
On Reprise (1973)

Moms & Dads

Charles Hart (1920)

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