Mudcat Café message #864967 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #5651   Message #864967
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Jan-03 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: Origin: When You and I were Young Maggie
Subject: ADD: When You and I Were Young Maggie (1909)
The Digital Tradition has two verses and a chorus. This is the version from Heart Songs (1909), with three verses and no chorus. Can we find a date for the addtion of the chorus?
-Joe Offer-

WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE
(George W. Johnson and James Austin Butterfield)

I wandered to-day to the hill, Maggie,
To watch the scene below;
The creek and the creaking old mill, Maggie,
As we used to long ago.
The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie,
Where first the daisies sprung;
The creaking old mill is still, Maggie,
Since you and I were young.

A city so silent and lone, Maggie,
Where the young and the gay and the best,
In polished white mansions of stone, Maggie,
Have each found a place of rest,
Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie,
And join in the songs that were sung;
For we sang as gay as they, Maggie,
When you and I were young.

They say I am feeble with age, Maggie,
My steps are less spritely than then
My face is a well written page, Maggie,
But time alone was the pen.
They say we are aged and gray, Maggie,
As sprays by the white breakers flung,
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie,
When you and I were young.


This chorus is often sung, but is not included in Heart Songs:

cho: And now we are aged and gray, Maggie,
And the trials of life nearly done;
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie,
When you and I were young.