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Thread #5651   Message #864980
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Jan-03 - 01:07 AM
Thread Name: Origin: When You and I were Young Maggie
Subject: ADD: When You and I were Young Maggie (1866)
OK, here's a transcription of the sheet music from the Levy Sheet Music Collection. It does have a chorus, and it's dated 1866. The Book of World-Famous Music says the poem by George Washington Johnson was published in Canada in 1864. The poem was written to the poet's sweetheart, Maggie Clark, who died the following year. The song was published in the United States on May 19, 1866, with music by James Austin Butterfield. Publisher was the J.A. Butterfield Co., of Indianapolis. Note that the chorus is a bit different from what's shown above and in the Digital Tradition. The verses are exactly what's printed in Heart Songs.

(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.
cho: And now we are aged and gray, Maggie,
And the trials of life nearly done;
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie,
When 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.

Note that almost all songs published in 1923 and earlier are in the public domain. The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension changed the schedule, and we'll all be dead before the 1924 songs come into public domain.

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(not that I like this MIDI arrangement)