She Was Happy Till She Met You
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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On a bright and sunny day when
A young wife ran away
From a husband who had filled
Her heart with pain on the table laid a note
These simple words she wrote
Goodbye I hope we'll never meet again

To her mother she returned for her
Old home she had yearned
For all the love she had for him had fled
But he sought her out at last
With repentance for the past
But her mother met him in the door and said

She was happy till she met you
The fault is all your own
Id she wishes to forget you
Please leave her alone
She has come to her old mother
Because there is no other
She'll be happy in her home sweet home

I have come to say goodbye said
The husband with a sigh
Just let me take her to my heart again
Says the mother it's too late all
Her love has turned to hate
So go your way your pleading's are in vain

She's my wife the husband cried you
Can't take her from my side
The law forbids you part us we are wed
But the mother answered nay
And sadly turned away




And once again to him she calmly said
She was happy till she met you

Overall Meaning

The song "She Was Happy 'Til She Met You" by Jimmie Rodgers tells a story of a young wife who escapes from her unhappy marriage and returns to her mother's home seeking solace and love. The lyrics describe how the husband had caused her pain and turmoil, leading her to make the difficult decision to leave. In a note, she bids him goodbye and expresses her hopes of never crossing paths again.


When she arrives at her mother's house, she is welcomed back with open arms and finds the love and support she had been yearning for. However, the husband realizes the magnitude of his mistakes and seeks redemption. He confronts her and pleads to be taken back, but her mother intervenes. She rejects his pleas, telling him that it is too late, as all the love the wife had for him has turned to hate.


The song explores themes of love, regret, and the consequences of one's actions. It highlights the importance of treating others with kindness and respect in relationships to prevent causing irreversible damage. The lyrics also emphasize the power of a mother's love and the sanctuary of a nurturing home environment.


Line by Line Meaning

On a bright and sunny day when
During a cheerful and pleasant time


A young wife ran away
A newly married woman left


From a husband who had filled
From a spouse who had completely filled


Her heart with pain on the table laid a note
Her heart with anguish, she left a written message on the table


These simple words she wrote
She expressed her thoughts with straightforward words


Goodbye I hope we'll never meet again
Farewell, I wish to never encounter you in the future


To her mother she returned for her
She went back to her mother


Old home she had yearned
She longed for her previous residence


For all the love she had for him had fled
Because all the affection she had for him had vanished


But he sought her out at last
However, he eventually searched for her


With repentance for the past
Expressing remorse for previous actions


But her mother met him in the door and said
Yet her mother encountered him at the entrance and spoke


She was happy till she met you
She experienced joy until she encountered you


The fault is all your own
The blame lies entirely with you


Id she wishes to forget you
If she desires to erase you from her memory


Please leave her alone
Kindly allow her to be on her own


She has come to her old mother
She has returned to her aged mother


Because there is no other
Since there is no alternative


She'll be happy in her home sweet home
She will experience joy in her familiar dwelling


I have come to say goodbye said
He expressed, 'I have arrived to bid farewell'


The husband with a sigh
The spouse with a sigh of regret


Just let me take her to my heart again
Please permit me to embrace her once more


Says the mother it's too late all
The mother responds that it is too tardy


Her love has turned to hate
Her affection has transformed into loathing


So go your way your pleading's are in vain
Therefore, depart as your supplications are futile


She's my wife the husband cried you
The husband exclaimed, 'You, she is my wife'


Can't take her from my side
You cannot separate her from my presence


The law forbids you part us we are wed
The law prohibits you from separating us since we are married


But the mother answered nay
However, the mother responded negatively


And sadly turned away
And sorrowfully walked away


And once again to him she calmly said
Once more, she serenely spoke to him


She was happy till she met you
She experienced joy until she encountered you




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Samuel Worthan

Thank you for keeping these great old country originals alive. 🧔🏼

russell hill

I remember hearing this as a small boy. My grand Dad would play Jimmie Rogers. That has been more than 60 years ago. wow

B shuler

russell hill ~Oh, but what wonderful memories we have of those glory days of our daddies playing and singing along with Jimmie Rodgers!🕊🙏🏻

Brushstroke

Every Jimmie Rodgers song is amazing. I feel like his spirit is growing in me. I love singing and playing his songs, and even improvising my own yodeling tunes now. Thanks to all who listen to his music for keeping it alive. People who don't know Jimmie Rodgers don't know what they're missing! 👌

Kathleen Barney

I am so pleased to hear this song my mum used to sing this when I was very young she died 21yrs ago and this has brought her close again xxx

B shuler

Kathleen Barney ~Sorry for your loss, I too come closer to my parents through these great recordings!🕊🙏🏻

just because

One of Jimmie Best Songs Thanks for sharing this Gem,Keith

Australian Country Music

This is country music! The so call country singers today need to listen to these songs!!

r4mmsteinnn

Thanks for putting this song up again.

betty stephenson

beautiful long time since i heard this

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