UPDATED to include the Louis Gilrod version which I found at Harvard.
This song is proving to be a moving target. I started with Sani Shapiro's broadside (he was the publisher of most of the penny song sheets, and in this case he wrote the words too). But nobody recorded the words he wrote. He called his version Zumer banakht oyf di rufen, using a Yinglish word for roof instead of the word dakh / dekher.
The Columbia recording I have from 1905 of the wonderful Frank Seiden singing the song under the title Somer bei nacht auf di decher says on the label that the composer is David Meyerowitz. I can't find the Meyerowitz verses on paper anywhere.
The chorus Seiden sings is the same as the chorus in the version which was supposedly written by Louis Gilrod, and which is still very easy to find. Eleanor Reissa recorded the song with Gilrod's lyrics and you can also find these words in the Mlotek's Lid fun mayn dor.
The Mloteks also printed a version of this song as it was sung in a concentration camp in Kloge, Estonia during the Second World War.
All these songs are set to the same popular American song of the time: "On a Good Old Trolley Ride."
Since I couldn't find the Meyerowitz text, I decided to do something pretty strange: I put the Sani Shapiro songsheet words and my translation of the same on the video. This is not what Frank Seiden was singing! But it gives you two rare song lyrics that share a melody. If I ever run across the Meyerowitz text I'll re-do the video.
Below, both Sani Shapiro's and Louis Gilrod's versions:
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