Isn't it evocative? Illustration scream ' era ', lyrics got to you because an awful lot of Americans could relate to them.
Not being at ALL musical, still love the bejammers out of some of these. I realize this one was well known and still is- I'm always, always smitten by era art work- these wood block variety illustrations are ridiculously charming. Sappy, delightful stuff.
From a war era book- quality seems to put it at the ' dime novel ' level of publishing.
Someone else will have to sing it ( @Mrs. V for instance ). Guessing it's a haunting tune? If I sang it you'd just feel haunted. By Banshees.