When You Were Sweet Sixteen

Words & Music by James Thornton, 1898
Recorded by The Mills Brothers, 1940

E7 A       E7    A        A9    A     D    F#7   B7
I love you as I nev - er loved be - fore

        E7     D9     E7     Cdim         A    Edim   E7
Since first I met you on the vill - age green.

E7    A      E7     A        A9  A  D    F#7   B7
Come to me, ere my dream of love is o'er

   D9     Cdim Bm7-5  D9    A
I love you as    I   loved you

 A    D9  E7    A
When you were sweet

  A   E7  D9    E7  Cdim   A
When you were sweet six - teen.

This one was requested so long ago that I can't find the record of who requested it. It's probably among the oldest songs on this site, and is now known largely as a barbership harmony song...but it's a gorgeous, simple ballad.

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.