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When You And I Were Young Maggie (Johnson) MIDI
See also: Maggie (Irish variant Nora)
And also: Maggie (Canadian)
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I wandered today 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.

And now we are agéd 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.

And now we are agéd 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.

They say I am feeble with age, Maggie,
My steps are less sprightly than then,
My face is a well-written page, Maggie,
But time alone was the pen.
They say we are agéd 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.

And now we are agéd 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.

####.... Parlour song written by George Washington Johnson [1839-1917] with music by James Austin Butterfield [1837-1891] ....####
These lyrics are from the original sheet music archived in The Lester S Levy Collection of Sheet Music, Box 131, Item 154, inscribed to Mrs S L Atwell and published in 1866 by J A Butterfield & Co, 22 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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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