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Now I'm Sixty-Four (Harry Hibbs) tabs, videos
See also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Connemara)
And also: Now I'm Sixty-Four (Ryan's Fancy)
And also: Maurice Hogan's Song (Lehr & Best)
And also: When We Were Sweet Sixteen (Leach)
#870: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
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I wandered into Phillistown,
I sat beside the rill,
I gazed upon the setting sun
as it sank behind the hill;
I gazed on it one moment
while the very sight I seen,
For the sun it was no larger than
when we were sweet sixteen.

The little trout swims in the brook,
they wander down below,
They swim until they ever will
as they used to long ago;
The little meadow by the brook
is just as fresh and green,
'Twas just as fresh as though it were
when we were sweet sixteen.

Oh, how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
For come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

Your past and past and you are gone,
on earth we'll meet no more,
But we will meet in heaven above
on that eternal shore;
And when we meet no more we'll part,
in heaven we both shall reign,
No more we'll sigh for days gone by
when we were sweet sixteen.

Oh, how I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
For come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of an original Newfoundland parlour song ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Harry Hibbs (Harry Hibbs At The Caribou Club, trk#12, c.1968, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario).

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A variant was also recorded as Now I'm Sixty-Four by Ryan's Fancy (Brand New Songs ©1977, RCA Records; Sea People ©1979, Boot Records).

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Figgy Duff arranged and recorded a similar variant (Figgy Duff, 1980) and included a verse two:

I ponder on those days gone by
as we sat beside the rill,
And gazed upon the setting sun
as it sank beneath the hill;
We gazed on it a moment now
and the very sight it seemed,
That the sun it was no larger than
when we were sweet sixteen.

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 went a little further on,
it was up the hill we walked,
And sat down on that very stone
where we oft' times sat and talked;
We talked about those days gone by
so blissful and serene,
We talked about those days gone by
when we were sweet sixteen.

How I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.


The little fish swims in the brook
and he wanders down below,
He swims there still and he ever will
as he did long years ago;
The little meadow by the brook
is just as fresh and clean,
It's just as fresh now as it was
when we were sweet sixteen.

How I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.


The past is past and she is gone,
on earth we'll meet no more,
But we will meet in heaven above
on that eternal shore;
And when we meet no more we'll part,
in heaven we both shall reign,
No more to sigh for days gone by
when we were sweet sixteen.

How I long for those bright days
to come again once more,
But come again they never will
for now I'm sixty-four.


#658: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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Notes On Tabs:
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I [G] ponder on those days gone by as we sat [C] beside the [G] rill,
And gazed upon the [Em] setting [C] sun as it [G] sank [Am] beneath the [D] hill.
[G] We gazed on it a moment now and the very [C] sight it [G] seemed,
That the sun it was no [Em] larger [C] than when [G] we were [Am] sweet [G] sixteen.

Alternate Tabs

I [D] ponder [A] on those [Bm] days gone [G] by as [D] we sat [G] beside the [A] rill,
And [G] gazed [D] upon the [Bm] setting [G] sun as it [D] sank [E] beneath the [A] hill.
We [D] gazed on [A] it a [Bm] moment [G] now and the [D] very [G] sight it [A] seemed,
That the [D] sun it [D] was no [Bm] larger [G] than when [D] we were [A] sweet [G] sixteen.

[D] How I [A] long for those [Bm] bright [G] days to [D] come again [G] once [A] more,
But [D] come a- [G] gain they [Bm] never [G] will for [D] now I'm [A] sixty-four [G] four.


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