Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet


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Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet

Words by Stanley Murphy Music by Percy Wenrich 1909 Hear Arthur Clough sing a 1910 version at archive.org Hear it sung by Brian Hefferan, 2004, from the album Mother I'm Wild! View original c.1910 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] G A7 On the old farm house veranda sat old Silas and Miranda D7 G Thinking of the days gone by A7 He said "Dearie, don't be weary, you were always bright and cheery D7 G but a tear dear dims you eyes" D G D G She said "These are tears of gladness, they're not tears of sadness, A7 D7 It was 50 years today that we were wed" G A7 And the old man's eyes they brightened and his old stern heart it lightened D7 G7 as he turned to her and said [Chorus] C F Put on your old grey bonnet, with the blue ribbon on it C D7 G7 and I'll hitch old Dobbin to the shay C F and we'll ride to Dover through the fields of clover C G7 C (D7) on our golden wedding day [Verse 2] It was in that same grey bonnet with the same blue ribbon on it in the same shay by his side that he drove her down to Dover through the same old fields of clover to be his happy bride The birds were brightly singing, the old church bells were ringing as they passed by that old church where they were wed and at night while stars were gleaming the old couple lay there dreaming dreaming of the words he said