Old and Gray, Lyric Variant 02


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Old and Gray, Lyric Variant 02


One partial leaf typewritten in blue ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There are two holes at the left edge. There are two minor tears at the left edge. There is minor staining at the upper right corner. There is a paper clip rust stain at the right upper edge. There is a classification note handwritten in pencil at the upper right corner. There are four textual corrections handwritten in pencil. The document appears to be a mimeograph copy.


Folk songs -- United States Love -- Songs and music Aging -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Mellow Romance

Old and gray

‘Tis thee and not the roses, dear, that I have learned to love,
Though now thine eyes are bright and clear, and gentle as a dove.
Yet should thine eyes grow dim with age I’ll love thee all the way,
For ‘tis the head and not the heart that shall grow old and gray.

And I shall love thee more and more as years shall pass away,
We’ll know each other better, dear, when we are old and gray.

I love thy hair so bonny brown, thy smiles that just meet mine,
Thy little manners all thine own, but ‘tis because they’re thine.
And when they’re thine no longer, dear, then I can truly say,
It is the head and not the heart that has grown old and gray.


And when through all the changing years I see thy patient smile,
A faith that smiles e’en through its tears that nothing can beguile.
Then I shall closer cling to thee, my tongue shall truly say,
It is the head and not the heart that has grown old and gray.


And as we journey down the hill and near the setting sun,
The wheel just stopping in the mill, our life’s work almost done,
I’ll ask for strength to guide thee, dear, and help all the way,
For thou wilt need my love the more when we are old and gray.


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Old and Gray, Lyric Variant 02

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Old and Gray

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Songs - 712

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215 mm x 204 mm

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