When You and I Were Young, Maggie

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Music by James Austin Butterfield
Lyrics by George Washington Johnson

VERSE 1

  G                     C 
I wandered today to the hill, Maggie,

   G                 D7 
To watch the scene below;

    G                          C 
The creek and the creaking old mill, Maggie,

   G          D7    G 
As we used to long ago.

    C                            G 
The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie,

      D         A7      D 
Where first the daisies sprung;

    G                    C 
The creaking old mill is still, Maggie,

      G       D7      G 
Since you and I  were young.

    C                   G 
And now we are aged and gray, Maggie,

        D         A7          D 
And the trials of life nearly done;

       G                         C 
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie,

     G       D7     G 
When you and I were young.

VERSE 2

  G                  C 
A city so silent and lone, Maggie,

          G                         D7 
Where the young and the gay and the best,

   G                          C 
In polished white mansions of stone, Maggie,

     G            D7       G 
Have each found a place of rest,

   C                             G 
Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie,

    D           A7              D 
And join in the songs that were sung;

       G              C 
For we sang as gay as they, Maggie,

     G       D7     G 
When you and I were young.

    C                   G 
And now we are aged and gray, Maggie,

        D         A7          D 
And the trials of life nearly done;

       G                         C 
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie,

     G       D7     G 
When you and I were young.

VERSE 3

     G                    C 
They say I am feeble with age, Maggie,

   G                             D7 
My steps are less sprightly than then,

   G                      C 
My face is a well-written page, Maggie,

    G     D7           G 
But time alone was the pen.

     C                   G 
They say we are aged and gray, Maggie,

   D             A7             D 
As sprays by the white breakers flung;

       G                        C 
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie,

     G       D7     G 
When you and I were young.

    C                   G 
And now we are aged and gray, Maggie,

        D         A7          D 
And the trials of life nearly done;

       G                         C 
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie,

     G       D7     G 
When you and I were young.

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A7 C Major D Major D7 G Major
Guitar A7 C Major D Major D7 G Major
Mandolin A7 C Major D Major D7 G Major
Piano A7 C Major D Major D7 G Major
Ukulele A7 C Major D Major D7 G Major