The Carter Songbook
The Carter Songbook Songs: Single Girl, Married GirlEngine One-Forty-ThreeWorried Man BluesGold Watch and Chain
Maybelle Addington, Sarah Carter and A.P. Carter.

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At a Camden, New Jersey recording session in 1933, shortly after their separation, A.P. and Sara recorded Gold Watch and Chain, a sad and touching song about love lost.

Gold Watch and Chain

Oh the white rose that blooms in the garden,
It grows with the love of my heart,
It broke through on the day that I met you,
It will die on the day that we part.

Oh I'll pawn you my gold watch and chain, love,
And I'll pawn you my gold diamond ring,
I will pawn you this heart in my bosom,
Only say that you'll love me again.

Darling, how could I stay here without you,
I have nothing to cheer my poor heart,
This old world would seem sad, love, without you,
Tell me now that we never will part.

Oh I'll pawn you my gold watch and chain, love,
And I'll pawn you my gold diamond ring,
I will pawn you this heart in my bosom,
Only say that you'll love me again.

Take back all the gifts you have given
But a ring and a lock of your hair,
And a card with your picture upon it,
It's a face that is false but is fair.

Oh I'll pawn you my gold watch and chain, love,
And I'll pawn you my gold diamond ring,
I will pawn you this heart in my bosom,
Only say that you'll love me again.

Tell me why that you do not love me,
Tell me why that your smile is not bright,
Tell me why you have grown so cold-hearted
Is there no kiss for me, love, tonight?

Oh I'll pawn you my gold watch and chain, love,
And I'll pawn you my gold diamond ring,
I will pawn you this heart in my bosom,
Only say that you'll love me again.



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