MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
When We Were Sweet Sixteen
Jim Rice NFLD 1 Tape 4 Track 13
Cape Broyle Audio:
Parlour song / love remembered

Male voice (speaks): I don't know if I got it there or not.right.

(sings) I wandered on the day's long path and up the hill I strayed
And I sat along that very stone where I oft times sat and 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

CHORUS: 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

CHORUS: And I long for those bright days to come again once more etc.

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

CHORUS: And I long for those bright days to come again once more etc.

(Speaks): Have ye- Is it the same song?

Female voice (speaks): Never heard that one.


Notes

Sources: Recorded by Harry Hibbs, see The Very Best of Harry Hibbs, Vol 1, 1978,   remastered, CBC, 2001;

History: Late 19th-century, or early 20th-century songs with this title (or a close variant) have been written by several author/composers, among them Gene Buck and Dave Stamper, and Alfred White.

Text notes: Sentimental reminiscing in old age.

Tune notes: This performance is rhythmically free but with an aaba form.

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