The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

When You and I Were Young, Maggie

I wandered today to the 4 hill, Maggie
To 1 watch the scene be- 5 low
The 1 creek and the old rusty 4 mill, Maggie
Where we 1 sat in the 5 long long a 1 go
The 4 green grove is gone from the 1 hill, Maggie
Where 5 first the 2 daisies had 5 sprung
The 1 old rusty mill is now 4 still, Maggie
Since you and I were young

A city so silent and lone, Maggie
Where the young and the gay and the best
In polished white mansions of stone, Maggie
Have each found a place of rest
Is built where the birds used to play, Maggie
And join in the songs that were sung
For we sang just as gay as did they, Maggie
When you and I were young

They say I am feeble with age, Maggie
My steps are less sprightly than then
My face is a well written page, Maggie
But time, time alone, was the pen
They say we are aged and grey, Maggie
As spray by the white breakers flung
But to me you're as fair as you were, Maggie
When you and I were young

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.