Cette très jolie chanson pleine d’amour a été écrite par Lee Hays (lui-même célibataire endurci) avec l’aide de Pete Seeger sur la base d’une chanson de Leadbelly, elle-même inspirée d’une vieille ballade irlandaise. Elle a d’abord été enregistrée par les Weavers, en 1950, et est devenue un standard de la chanson folk. Peter, Paul & Mary en donnent une version toute en douceur et en tendresse.


KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE

When I was a young man and never been kissed
I got to thinking over what I had missed.
I got me a girl, I kissed her and then
Oh Lord, I kissed her again.

Chorus:
Oh oh, kisses sweeter than wine,
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.

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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.

(Chorus)

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

(Chorus)

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, of trouble and pain, but,
Oh Lord, we’d do it again.

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