#00455
Maggie (Irish variant Nora) w/lyrics, MIDI, chords and video
See also: Maggie (Canadian)
And also: When You And I Were Young Maggie (George Washington Johnson)

             #303 YouTube video by BardofCornwall ©2011
                             ~ Used with permission ~

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The violets were scenting the woods, Maggie,
Displaying their charm to the bee,
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.

The chestnut blooms gleamed through the glade, Maggie,
A robin sang loud from a tree,
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.

The golden rows of daffodils shone, Maggie,
And danced with the leaves on the trees,
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.

Birds in the trees sang a song, Maggie,
Of happier transports to be,
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.

Our dreams they have never come true, Maggie,
Our hopes they never were to be,
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.
When I first said I loved only you, Maggie,
And you said you loved only me.

####.... Variant of a poem of undying love originally written by George Washington Johnson [1839-1917] for his wife and put to music by James Austin Butterfield [1837-1891], 1866. (See notes below) ....####
The YouTube video above features an excellent cover performance by Jesse Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

From All Music Guide by Gregory McIntosh:
Schoolteacher and poet George Washington Johnson made only one contribution to the world of popular song: the lyrics to the standard When You and I Were Young, Maggie, written for his new wife, Maggie Clark, who was ailing from tuberculosis. Born in 1839 near Toronto, Canada, Johnson studied to become a schoolteacher, and by 20 years of age he began teaching in Hamilton, Ontario. As a young teacher, he met and fell in love with Maggie Clark, who at that time was one of his students. During one of Clark's harshest struggles with her illness, Johnson composed his now famous poem to her while viewing the local mill from his perch on a nearby hill, and then published it in 1864 in his book of poetry titled Maple Leaves. Johnson and Clark were married in October of that year, but in the spring of 1865, at the young age of 23, Maggie Clark died. A year later, Johnson requested his friend, James Austin Butterfield, to set the poem to music, and the song quickly became a popular worldwide standard. George Washington Johnson married twice more and died in 1917 in Pasadena, California.
From Cleveland: The Making Of A City by William Ganson Rose, first published in 1950, 1990, ISBN 0-87338-428-8:
George W. Johnson brought his bride, Maggie Clark Johnson, to Cleveland, and joined the Plain Dealer as associate editor. His wife died before they had been married a year. Grief-stricken, he resigned from the paper early in 1866 and returned to Canada. Later in the year, J.A. Butterfield of Detroit composed music for a poem written by Johnson before his marriage and dedicated to his future wife - When You And I Were Young, Maggie.
From skool.ie, answers.com, and wikipedia:
The Irish playwright Sean O'Casey [1880-1964] substituted the name Nora for Maggie and used this song in his 1926 anti-war play The Plough And The Stars wherein Jack Clitheroe sings it to his wife Nora.

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All guitar tabs have been contributed by visitors to this site and represent their interpretation of the tune. We are unable to verify their accuracy.

The [G] chestnut blooms gleamed through the [D] glade, Maggie,
A [A] robin sang [E7] loud from a [A7] tree,
When I [D] first said I [D7] loved only [G] you, Maggie,
And [D] you said you [A7] loved only [D] me.





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