Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Well, when I was a young man never been kissed
I got to thinkin' it over how much I had missed
So I got me a girl and I kissed her and then, and then
Oh, lordy, well I kissed 'er again
Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine
(Sweeter than wine)
Well I asked her to marry and to be my sweet wife
I told her we'd be so happy for the rest of our life
I begged and I pleaded like a natural man
And then, whoops oh lordy, well she gave me her hand
Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine
(Sweeter than wine)

Well we worked very hard both me and my wife
Workin' hand-in-hand to have a good life
We had corn in the field and wheat in the bin
And then, whoops oh lord, I was the father of twins
Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine
(Sweeter than wine)

Well our children they numbered just about four
And they all had a sweetheart a'knockin' on the door
They all got married and they wouldn't hesitate
I was, whoops oh lord, the grandfather of eight
Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine
(Sweeter than wine)

Well now that I'm old and I'm a'ready to go
I get to thinkin' what happened a long time ago
Had a lot of kids, a lot of trouble and pain
But then, whoops oh lordy, well I'd do it all again




Because she had kisses sweeter than wine
She had, mmm, mmm, kisses sweeter than wine

Overall Meaning

In Jimmie Rodgers’s "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", the singer reflects on his life and the love that he found in his sweetheart. The song starts by reflecting on the past when the singer was young and had never been kissed. Reminiscing about the kisses that he missed, he then goes on to recount how he met the girl who had kissed him and how her kisses were sweeter than wine. The second verse covers their courtship and how he begged and pleaded for her hand in marriage. Despite the difficulties and hard work, they built a good life together and had four children, all of whom married and had children of their own.


The third verse is a reflection on the singer’s life as he grows old and prepares to pass on. Despite the troubles he faced in his life, the love that he shared with his wife was worth it all. The song ends with the line, “because she had kisses sweeter than wine”, reinforcing the idea that the love that the singer shared with his wife was the sweetest thing in his life.


Overall, the song is a tribute to love and the enduring power of a strong partnership. It emphasizes the importance of love, family, and a life well-lived.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, when I was a young man never been kissed
As a young man who had never been kissed before, I began to think about what I was missing out on.


I got to thinkin' it over how much I had missed
I reflected on how much I had missed out on by never having kissed anyone before.


So I got me a girl and I kissed her and then, and then
I found myself a girl and I kissed her, and then I kissed her again, finding that I enjoyed it quite a bit.


Oh, lordy, well I kissed 'er again
I enjoyed kissing her so much that I did it again.


She had kisses sweeter than wine
The girl I kissed had such sweet kisses that I couldn't resist kissing her again.


Well I asked her to marry and to be my sweet wife
I asked her to marry me and become my loving partner for the rest of our lives.


I told her we'd be so happy for the rest of our life
I promised her that we would have a happy life together for the rest of our days.


I begged and I pleaded like a natural man
I begged and pleaded with her like any other man would in order to convince her to be my wife.


And then, whoops oh lordy, well she gave me her hand
To my amazement, she agreed to marry me and became my loving partner for life.


Well we worked very hard both me and my wife
My wife and I worked hard together to create a good life for ourselves and our family.


Workin' hand-in-hand to have a good life
We worked together to create a good life for ourselves.


We had corn in the field and wheat in the bin
We had a bountiful harvest with corn in the field and wheat in the bin.


And then, whoops oh lord, I was the father of twins
To our surprise, my wife gave birth to twins and I became a father of two.


Well our children they numbered just about four
We had four children in total.


And they all had a sweetheart a'knockin' on the door
All of our children had significant others who were interested in them.


They all got married and they wouldn't hesitate
All of our children got married without hesitation.


I was, whoops oh lord, the grandfather of eight
As a result, I became a grandfather of eight grandchildren.


Well now that I'm old and I'm a'ready to go
Now that I'm old and reaching the end of my life, I find myself reflecting on my past.


I get to thinkin' what happened a long time ago
I think back on my memories from many years ago.


Had a lot of kids, a lot of trouble and pain
I had many children and endured many struggles and hardships throughout my life.


But then, whoops oh lordy, well I'd do it all again
However, despite the struggles, I wouldn't change a thing because the memories of my sweet wife's kisses made it all worthwhile.


She had kisses sweeter than wine
Throughout my entire life, it was my wife's sweet kisses that made everything worthwhile.




Lyrics © Kanjian Music
Written by: FRED HELLERMAN, HUDDIE LEDBETTER, LEE HAYS, PETE SEEGER, RONNIE GILBERT

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Comments from YouTube:

@rickshea9301

this song remindes me so much of my wife who has now passed on. We had 5 kids 10 grand kids and now 5 great grandkids. Miss her dearly.

@atmywitsend1984

I am so sorry for your loss. But I am really happy that your legacy will continue. You should be very proud of what you have created. I can't begin to imagine your emotions listening to this beautiful song.

@malcolmwood2467

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@Earthlight777

God bless her soul . She lived a good life with a beautiful family and a loving husband. Some of us don’t even have a wife.

@jeffbond2944

When I was around 10 yrs old ,I found a record and played it on my record player ,I was amazed at how powerful and sweet this song was,I listened to it all the time and even sang it along with my friends and family ,this was around 1975, one day when my brothers and myself were running around acting foolish ,my mother who was now fuming and warning us ,we kept it up and as we were running upstairs my mother threw the record upstairs ,understandably aggravated by our acting up and getting her upset ,well the record broke ,and I was very upset to lose something that I had grown so fond of . " she had kisses sweeter than wine " wouldn't be heard again around my home , my mom thankfully is still alive and well,and we are very close , I reminisced about this with her recently and we listened and sang this song and still agree this was an amazing song from days gone by! Rest in peace brother!

@caretaker158

RIP Jimmie.... gone at age 87. 2021 is shaping up to be yet another year of losses.

@richardparrack1129

I was so lucky to know Jimmy personally through my in-laws father-in-law grew up next door to Jimmy and his parents first Saturday to him in Camas Washington when he was the Grand Marshal for the parade introduced to me by my wife rest in peace Jimmy we miss you

@michaelhardin470

Takes me right back to when I was 8 years old. Thank you!

@multicaruana

He was incredible, that Jimmy Rodgers. I can't think of any individual in the fifties and early 60's who blended folk, rock, and pop better than he. There should be some kind of Jimmy Rodgers revival in this land!

@shannonvanderhoof4810

Amen !!! 🌿🖤🕊

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