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When We Were Sweet Sixteen (MacEdward Leach) MIDI
See also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Connemara)
And also: Maurice Hogan's Song (G Lehr/A Best)
And also: Now I'm Sixty Four (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Harry Hibbs)
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I wandered on the day's long path,
up the hill I strayed,
I sat along that very stone
where oft times we played;
I gazed on it one moment,
'twas the very stone I seen,
Just as it were in days gone by
when we were sweet sixteen.

And I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for I am sixty-four.

It's past, it's past, oh, yes it is,
the dawn of day is o'er,
And I'm in hopes to meet again
upon that far off shore;
And when we meet we never shall part
and blessed we both shall reign,
We'll talk about those happy days
when we were sweet sixteen.

And I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for I am sixty-four.

That little trout swims in the brook
it murmurs down below,
It swims on still and forever will
as it did in years ago;
And the little meadow by its side
was just as fresh and green,
As what it were in days gone by
when we were sweet sixteen.

And I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for I am sixty-four.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional Newfoundland parlour song ....####

Sung in 1950 by James (Jim) Rice [1879-1958] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was recorded by Harry Hibbs (The Very Best of Harry Hibbs, Vol 1, 1978; Remastered, CBC, 2001).

See more Harry Hibbs songs.

A variant was also recorded by Dick Nolan (Newfoundland Good Times, 1999, Condor HCD 4499).

See more songs by Dick Nolan.


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