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VP_009679 Verse 1An old couple they were standing, side by side, The old lady ask'd a question, He replied, Yes it's years since I have seen you, past is dead, Years ago you were my sweetheart, so he said, They call'd you the village belle, Hearts at your feet were laid, You were bright as the morning's light, Many the vows we made, Do not turn away and leave me, you shall know, How my life went out that evening, fifty years ago. Chorus 1It was fifty years ago, my love, just fifty years ago, I would often wait by the garden gate, With love that pain'd me so, And although we're old and feeble now, And life has seen its day, I would give my life, had you been my wife, Just fifty years ago. Verse 2You remember dear that party, years ago, I sent you an invitation, you must know, And I waited for an answer, all in vain, To this day I cannot fathom, why none came, To your little home I ran, Thinking you'd wait for me, No light shone in your darkened home, No girl was there for me, Then I found you at the party, ah, that blow, You had gone there with another, fifty years ago. Verse 3Then this sweet old lady answered, I'll explain, You have always thought me false, but I don't blame, For that letter that you sent me, though it came, I my love did not receive it, 'tis a shame, Why what are those tears for now, Surely they're not for me, You were true, yes, and I was too, Through all these weary years, It was mother burn'd your letter dear, old beau, She wished me to wed another, fifty years ago.
1 score (8 p.) : ill. ; 31 cm.
by Chas. K. Harris
Clauder, Jos and Harris, Chas. K, "Fifty Years Ago" (1894). Vocal Popular Sheet Music Collection. Score 2949.