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Perry Como When You and I Were Young, Maggie Lyrics

Last updated: 03/04/2014 01:14:54 PM

It was first published as a song in 1866. The lyrics tell of
the tragic love story of Maggie Clarke and George Johnson who,
in the early 1860s, courted in Canada near Hamilton Ontario.
They were married in 1864, but Maggie died less than a year
later. Her husband immortalized their short life together in
a poem which he published in a book of verse entitled 'Maple
Leaves'. A young Englishman by the name of James Butterfield
was so touched by the poem that he set it to music. Traces of
the old mill can still be seen at Albions Falls near Hamilton.

When You and I Were Young, Maggie

Music by James Butterfield
Lyrics by George Johnson
Learn the story behind the song

I wandered today to the hill, Maggie
To watch the scene below
The creek and the rusty old mill, Maggie
Where we sat in the long, long ago.
The green grove is gone from the hill, Maggie
Where first the daisies sprung
The old rusty mill is 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 mansion 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 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 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.

And now we are aged and grey, Maggie
The trials of life nearly done
Let us sing of the days that are gone, Maggie
When you and I were young.

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Lovely heartfelt song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/3/14

I am now 75 years old, and still love this song as much as I have all my life. It is touching, heartfelt, and can be played and sung with a lovely rhythm. I especially love this song when played and sung by a bluegrass-type band with guitar, banjo, ukulele and bass. It really is a tribute to love and life!

Very meaningful heart felt song | Reviewer: H W----Song writer | 6/13/13

As a song writer I understand, a good song has to be felt as well as heard, ----- and this one is. I used to hear my cousin play this song when I was a little boy. I loved it then, and I love it just as much now, when my friend Bob sings it. Now days often referred to as Maggie Blues, It's still as powerful as ever.

A Song That Moves Me | Reviewer: Bill Page | 7/19/11

This is one of the few songs that move me to tears when I try to sing it. I had a favorite aunt named Margaret and have a sister named Margaret. Maggie, to me, is a beautiful name and this is a beautiful song.

this simple song is a REAL heartbreaker..beware! | Reviewer: richard neville | 5/15/07

When I was young my late mother warbled constantly.........the OLD songs mainly, from her youth in the '20's. 'Maggie' was one of 'em; I used to say unkind things like 'Oh, Mum, sing something MODERN' but she would'n' she'd go again with her OLD stuff. God! How I'd LOVE to hear her sing Magggie again! Too Late! What a mother! WHAT a song! A MASTERPIECE! Albeit redolent of loss & misery, but nevertheless a timeless (Victorian) lesson to us all to value the present, surely, for "the whirligig of time brings in his revenges" to quote Mr. Shakespeare!

Sweet, timeless song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/15/04

My grandmother's name was Maggie and she met my grandpa in school, married him, and they spent fifty years together before my grandfather died of a long bout with cancer. At their fiftieth anniversary party, my grandfather, weak with illness, got up and sang "When You and I Were Young, Maggie". The lyrics were perfect and it was beautiful. This song is one of my favorites because of its bittersweet lyrics of being old and remembering your days of youth together, and the beauty of still being in love so many years later. Beautiful, timeless song.