When I was a young man and never been kissed, I got to thinking it over just what I had missed; I got me a girl and I kissed her and then, and then, Oh, Lordy, well I kissed her again, because,
She had kisses sweeter than wine. She had, oh, oh, kisses sweeter than wine.
I asked her to marry and to be my sweet wife, And we would be so happy for the rest of our lives. I begged and I pleaded like a natural man and then, Oh, Lord, well, she gave me her hand.
We worked very hard both me and my wife; We worked hand in hand to make a good life. There was corn in the fields and wheat in the bins, and then, whoops, Oh, Lord, the father of twins.
Our children numbered just about four; They all had sweethearts a-knocking at the door. They all got married and they didn't hesitate; I was, Oh, Lord, the grandfather of eight.
Now that Iím old and ready to go,
I get to thinking what happened a long time ago. I had a lot of kids, a lot of trouble and pain, but Oh, Lord, I'd do it again.
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Yard Sail - Track 10 -
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
In the early 1950's, a young Pete Seeger and his group "The Weavers" recorded this song. It was based on a traditional folk song earlier recorded by Leadbelly to which they added these lyrics. It became a hit for Jimmy Rodgers in 1958. I have always liked the song. It reflects the innocence and simple sincerity of a time long past.