Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

Words & Music by Paul Campbell & Joel Newman**
Recorded by Jimmie Rodgers*, 1957 (#3)
Also recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary; First recorded by The Weavers, 1951

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When I was a young man and never been kissed 

           Am         Bm7   Em
I got to thinking it over what I had missed. 

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I got me a girl, I kissed her and then, and then,

Am     Bm7       Em
    Oh Lord, I kissed her again. 


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She had kisses sweeter than wine, she had

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Oh - oh  kisses sweeter than wine.

I asked her to marry and be my sweet wife, 
And we would be so happy the rest of our lives. 
I begged and I pleaded like a natural man, 
And then, Oh Lord, she gave me her hand. 


I worked mighty hard and so did my wife, 
Workin' hand in hand to make a good life. 
With corn in the field and wheat in the bins, 
I was, Oh Lord, the father of twins. 


Our children they numbered just about four, 
They all had sweethearts knockin' at the door. 
They all got married and they didn't hesitate; 
I was, Oh Lord, the grandfather of eight. 


Now that we're old, and ready to go, 
We get to thinkin' what happened a long time ago. 
We had a lot of kids, trouble and pain, 
But, Oh Lord, we'd do it again. 


*While there's no question the Jimmie Rodgers version of the song scored higher on the charts, my personal preference for how to play it is fundamentally the Peter, Paul & Mary version. The choice of words and chording on the refrain is a synthesis of both.

**The authors' names merit mention here, as well. The name "Paul Campbell" was the group pen name of the Weavers. The name "Joel Newman" was the pen name for Huddie Ledbetter, who was the source for many of Weavers' greatest hits in the late 40s and early 50s.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.