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Young But Daily Growing

This song is by Bob Dylan and appears on the box set The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete (2014).

He's young but he's daily growin'

Oh, daughter, dearest daughter, I have done you no wrong
I've wed you to none other than a wealthy man's son
An' he will be a man to you when I am dead and gone
He's young but he's daily growin'

For out one day as I was walkin' all alone down by the school wall
I saw the boys, they were playin' at the ball
And my own true love was the fairest of them all
He was young but he was daily growin'

At the age of sixteen years, he was a married man
At the age of seventeen, he was the father of a son
At the age of eighteen years round his graves the grass grew long
Cruel death has put an end to his growin'

Ah, the springtime is leavin' now as summer's comin' on
With ornaments and fans, the ladies all pass on
Oh, it's once I had a true love, but now I have none
But I watch his bonnie son while he's growin'

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