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LORENA (Original - Words: Rev. Henry deLafayette Webster / Music: Joseph Philbrick Webster - 1856) (Revised lyrics: Charlie Williams) Charlie Williams - 1959 Gene Gaither - 1962 Bobby Bare - 1963 Waylon Jennings - 1964 Johnny Cash - 1972 Also recorded by: Tennessee Ernie Ford; John Hartford. ORIGINAL VERSION: Oh, the years creep slowly by, Lorena The snow is on the ground again The sun's low down the sky, Lorena The frost gleams where the flowers have been But the heart beats on as warmly now As when the summer days were nigh Oh, the sun can never dip so low A-down affection's cloudless sky A hundred months have passed, Lorena Since last I held that hand in mine And felt the pulse beat fast, Lorena Though mine beat faster far than thine A hundred months, 'twas flowery May When up the hilly slope we climbed To watch the dying of the day And hear the distant church bells chime We loved each other then, Lorena Far more than we ever dared to tell And what we might have been, Lorena Had but our loving prospered well But then, 'tis past, the years are gone I'll not call up their shadowy forms I'll say to them, "Lost years, sleep on! Sleep on! Nor heed life's pelting storms" The story of that past, Lorena Alas, I care not to repeat The hopes that could not last, Lorena They lived, but only lived to cheat I would not cause even one regret To rankle in your bosom now For "if we try we may forget" Were words of thine long years ago Yes, these were words of thine, Lorena They burn within my memory yet They touched some tender chords, Lorena Which thrill and tremble with regret 'Twas not thy woman's heart that spoke Thy heart was always true to me A duty, stern and pressing, broke The tie which linked my soul with thee It matters little now, Lorena The past is in the eternal past Our heads will soon lie low, Lorena Life's tide is ebbing out so fast There is a future, oh, thank God Of life this is so small a part 'Tis dust to dust beneath the sod But there, up there, 'tis heart to heart ******************** COMMONLY SUNG SHORT VERSION: The years creep slowly by, Lorena The snow is on the grass again The sun's low down the sky, Lorena The frost gleams where the flowers have been But the heart throbs on as warmly now As when the summer days were nigh Oh, the sun can never dip so low A-down affection's cloudless sky Oh, the sun can never dip so low A-down affection's cloudless sky ******************** As recorded by WAYLON JENNINGS: The years creep slowly by, Lorena Snow is on the grass again The Sun is sinkin' low, Lorena Frost is where the flowers have been The music softly plays, Lorena Happy sounds have left the day The music's sad and low, Lorena Where once it rang so loud and gay I hardly feel the cold, Lorena I know the darkness soon will pass We'll sing our songs again, Lorena You'll be in my arms at last (Instrumental Break) The years creep slowly by, Lorena Snow is on the grass again The Sun is sinking low, Lorena Frost is where the flowers have been The music softly plays, Lorena Happy sounds have left the day The music's sad and low, Lorena Where once it rang so loud and gay I hardly feel the cold, Lorena I know the darkness soon will pass We'll sing our songs again, Lorena You'll be in my arms at last Yes, you'll be in my arms at last ******************** As recorded by JOHNNY CASH: SPOKEN: ......the years eighteen-sixty to sixty-five, the history books're full of it. The sadness, the heartbreak and the songs from that period tell us of a sadness and of a heartbreak when the nation was torn asunder....... The years creep slowly by Lorena Snow is on the grass again The Sun is sinkin' low Lorena Frost is where the flowers have been The music's sad and low Lorena Happy sounds have left that day The banjos softly play Lorena Where once they rang so loud and gay I hardly feel the cold Lorena I pray this darkness soon will pass We'll sing those songs again Lorena You'll be in my arms at last (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2012)

    


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