MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Old Married Couple
Performed by Mrs. John Powers Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 2 Track 1
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Genre: Sentimental song / love in old age  

Transcription

Old married couple, were seated
Alone by a dear fireside
When their thoughts wandered back to a wedding
Of a blushing young groom and a bride
But now they're aged and feeble
On her finger the same wedding ring
They're as fond of one another as ever
And this is the song they will sing:

Chorus: You gave me your love
You took my name
For forty years of a married life
Our love remains the same
We struggled hard together
In this great world of strife
In sunshine or rain I will love you the same
I love you my darling wife

The years rolled along until one evening
As the sun sank in the west
The old man lost his wife and companion
The one on earth whom he loved best
In a quiet village churchyard he laid her
Fresh roses each morning he'd bring
The old man he still sits by the fireside
With head bowed down low he will sing

Chorus: You gave me your love
You took my name
For forty years of a married life
Our love remains the same
We struggled hard together
In this great world of strife
In sunshine or rain I will love you the same
God bless you my darling wife

 

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Text notes: A reflection on love in old age.

Tune notes: Somewhat similar to "When Irish eyes are smiling," this tune is in triple metre with wide-ranging phrases

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