A Bird in a Gilded Cage

Arthur J. Lamb / Harry Von Tilzer

A ballroom was filled with fashions grand
And shone with a thousand lights
There was a woman who passed along
The fairest of all the sights
A girl to her lover then softly said
“She has riches at her command”
“She’s married for wealth
Not for love,” he cried
“And she lives in a mansion grand.”


But she’s only a bird in a gilded cage
A beautiful sight to see
You might think she was happy
And free from care
She’s not though she seems to be
Tis sad when you think of her wasted life
For youth cannot mate with age
Her beauty she sold for an old man’s gold
She’s a bird in a gilded cage.

This beautiful woman surveyed the scene
Her flatterers by the score
Her gems were the purest, her gowns divine
What could a woman want more
Then memory brought back the face of a lad
Whose love she had turned aside
For happiness could not be bought for gold
Although she’s a rich man’s bride.


Can be found on the album Our Time Together