“Sweet Genevieve”


The singer would "give the world to live again the lovely past" with Genevieve. They are older now, but he still loves her and wishes to be with her always: "O Genevieve, Sweet Genevieve... Still the hands of mem'ry weave... Blissful dreams of long ago"

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Sweet Genevieve
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From sheet music published 1869 by Wm. A. Pond & Co.
Title page inscribed
To my excellent friends and pupil,
        John C. Meacham,
            New York.
        Sweet Genevieve
        Song and Chorus
           Words by
           MUSIC BY

1. O, Genevieve I'd give the world
   To live again the lovely past!
   The rose of youth was dew-impearled;
   But now it withers in the blast.
   I see thy face in ev'ry dream,
   My waking thoughts are full of thee;
   Thy glance is in the starry beam
   That falls along the Summer Sea.

O, Genevieve, sweet Genevieve,
The days may come, the days may go,
But still the hands of mem'ry weave
The blissful dreams of long ago.

2. Fair Genevieve, my early love,
   The years but make thee dearer far!
   My heart shall never, never rove:
   Thou art my only guiding star.
   For me the past has no regret
   Whate'er the years my bring to me;
   I bless the hour when first we met,
   The hour that gave me love and thee!

O, Genevieve!


Genevieve is reported to be the real-life bride of George Cooper who died shortly after their marriage. However, since no one can find the records of this marriage, this may be the usual sort of sentimental folklore. - RBW

Cross references


  1. RJackson-19CPop, pp. 202-205, "Sweet Genevieve" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Geller-Famous, pp. 11-13, "Sweet Genevieve" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 259, "Sweet Genevieve" (1 text)
  4. Fuld-WFM, p. 543, "Sweet Genevieve"
  6. ST RK19202 (Full)
  7. Roud #13643
  8. BI, RK19202


Author: Words: George Cooper / Music: Henry Tucker
Earliest date: 1869
Keywords: love age
Found in: US