American Old Time Song Lyrics: 26 Only As Far As The Gate

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 26

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As sung by Gus Williams.

My sweetheart's a sly little fairy,
Tho' she's only sweet seventeen;
Her parents think she's much too airy,
But a sweeter girl never was seen.
At night she steals out from the cottage,
Her mother says: "Whither now, Kate?"
She answers. "Dear ma, I'm not going far,
Only as far as the gate."

Only as far as the gate, dear ma,
Just down to the old garden gate;
The moon is so bright, and it's such a nice night,
I'll stroll just as far as the gate.

Of course at the gate I am waiting,
And sweet are the words that we say;
I While within the old folks are debating
The price of the next load of bay.
Sometimes they call gently for Katie,
She answers: "Oh, ma. 'tis not late;
There's no sign of storm, and the night is so warm,
I love to stand here by the gate."-CHORUS.

They say she's too young to be married,
But with them we do not agree;
Love's message to Katie I carried.
And a kiss was the answer for me.
We'll wander away in the moonlight,
Much longer I'm sure we can't wait;
Some night by-and-by to the parson's we fly,
When Katie comes down to the gate.-Chorus.
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