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Silver Threads Among the Gold- Irish Folk Song

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Published on Feb 22, 2009

This is my favorite Irish folk song that I put a modern twist on. I wrote a new melody that, believe it or not, is faster paced than the traditional version. The lyrics I found said the song was written in 1873, a testament to the timelessness of the song. I first discovered the song in a book while visiting Ireland last year. I'm glad I found it.
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Eben E. Rexford, 1848-1916
Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away;
But, my darling, you will be, will be,
Always young and fair to me,
Yes, my darling, you will be,
Always young and fair to me.
Chorus

When your hair is silver white,
And your cheeks no longer bright,
With the roses of the May;
I will kiss your lips and say-
Oh! my darling, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown,
Yes, my darling, mine alone,
You have never older grown.
Chorus
Love can never more grow old,
Locks may lose their brown and gold,
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow,
But the hearts that love will know
Never, never, winter's frost and chill:
Summer warmth is in them still-
Never winter's frost and chill,
Summer warmth is in them still.
Chorus

Love is always young and fair,-
What to us is silver hair,
Faded cheeks or steps grown slow,
To the heart that beats below?
Since I kissed you, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown-
Since I kissed you, mine alone,
You have never older grown.
Chorus

Chorus=
Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold,
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away.

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