#02262
Maurice Hogan's Song (Lehr and Best)
See also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Connemara)
And also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Harry Hibbs)
And also: When We Were Sweet Sixteen (Leach)

I pondered on those days gone by
as I wandered all alone,
In a little spot I love so dear,
in a place that I call home.
The sun was slowly sinking down
beside the hillside green,
My thoughts went back to days gone by
when I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

That's where I spent my childhood days
among the rocks and rills,
To the banks of a lovely riverside
that flows down Flat Rock hills;
The children playing around your banks,
they're just as fresh and green,
O that's the place that never changed
since I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

'Twas in these dark depression days
we had no rum or wine,
With a gallon of molasses
why we'd make a drop o' shine;
And an old quadrille, your heart
would thrill to the fiddle and 'cordeen,
We never had an orchestra
when I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

We danced all night 'til the broad daylight,
we wore our old blue jeans,
We never had no go-go girls,
we had no TV screen;
But a pleasant smile you'd see
upon the face of each colleen,
They never wore no make-up then
when I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

But the young girls that you meet today,
a different sight you'll see,
You'll see them wearing mini-skirts
a foot above their knee;
And when they puts their make-up on
they looks like Halloween,
Their mothers never wore the like
when I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

O how the times have changed since then
when I was in my bloom,
Men from this earth that gave them birth
have walked upon the moon;
But the moon still shines down Lover's Lane
as it shone on Fiddler's Green,
Some forty years or more gone by
when I was sweet sixteen.
O how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

####.... Maurice J Hogan [1911-1984] of Flat Rock, NL ....####
Collected by Genevieve Lehr and Anita Best in 1977 from the author, Maurice J Hogan [1911-1984] of Flat Rock, NL, and published as #75 in Come And I Will Sing You: A Newfoundland Songbook, pp.131-132, edited by Genevieve Lehr (University of Toronto Press © 1985/2003).

Genevieve Lehr noted that she first heard Maurice Hogan sing this song at the Good Entertainment Festival in 1977. She asked him if he would sing it for her and he very kindly made a trip from Flatrock into St John's for that purpose. It is one of his own compositions.



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