Only Sixteen

Written by Sam Cooke (1959)

Recorded    January 4th, 1959 at Rex Productions in Los Angeles   

Producer:    Bumps Blackwell

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Billboard Review: (about the single b/w Let's Go Steady Again): Cooke treats both songs in easygoing attractive style. "Only Sixteen" is a rockaballad with a teen-slanted lyric that can create interest. - The song was a Billboard pick.

Charts    #28 in June 1959 (Keen), #13 R&B, #23 UK 

MP3 at Amazon.com . They also have a Karaoke-Version

 

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Lyrics    /    Chords

She was only sixteen, only sixteen
I loved her so
But she was too young to fall in love
And I was too young to know

We'd laugh and we'd sing
and do the little things
That made my heart glow
But she was too young to fall in love
And I was too young to know

Why did I give my heart so fast
it never will happen again
But I was a mere lad of sixteen
I've aged a year since then

She was only sixteen, only sixteen
with eyes that would glow
But she was too young to fall in love
and I was too young to know

(Then why did you give your heart so fast)
Boy, it never will happen again
(But you were a mere lad of sixteen)
Oh, I've aged a year since then

She was only sixteen, only sixteen
With eyes that would glow
But she was too young to fall in love
And I was too young to know
She was too young to fall in love
And I was too young to know

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