My Grandfather's Clock

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My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.

It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born
And was always his pleasure and pride
But it stopped short
Never to go again
When the Old Man died.

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Another version goes like this

Ninety years without slumbering
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
His life seconds numbering
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
It stopped short never to run again when the old man died.

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My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf,
So it stood ninety years on the floor;
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride;.

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

In watching its pendulum
Swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy;
And in childhood and manhood
The clock seemed to know,
And to share both his grief and his joy.
For it struck twenty-four
When he entered at the door,
With a blooming and beautiful bride;.

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

My grandfather said
That of those he could hire,
Not a servant so faithful he found;
For it wasted no time,
And had but one desire,
At the close of each week to be wound.
And it kept in its place,
Not a frown upon its face,
And its hand never hung by its side.

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

It rang an alarm
In the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb;
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming his flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time,
With a soft and muffled chime,
As we silently stood by his side.
But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

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Annie., United Kingdom

22 January 2015 at 10:40pm

For some strange reason this song came into my my mind tonight from nowhere and I started to sing it. i was amazed that my husband had never ever heard it before. I am almost 70 and my husbsnd is coming on 71. I can remember my father singing this to me when I was a little girl and Iclived it. Now it has returbed to my mind my husband tells me I should now sing it to our grandchildren. I remember my father's version and the one by Johnny Cash very well. How atrange my mind suddenly remembered it out if the blue!

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Margareth, Trinidad And Tobago

10 November 2012 at 1:53pm

My mom sang this beautiful song for uswhen we were kids now I am singing it for mygrandkids. Mom did not know the whole song so that i am glad that I found it here so that I can show it to her.

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Rachel, New York, Usa

23 October 2009 at 1:01pm

i've heard that the popular old song My Grandfather's Clock is actually based on true fact. does anyone out there know if this is so? can anyone fill us in on the "story" behind this song?

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