When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose lyrics – music by Percy Wenrich, lyrics by Jack Mahoney, performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in For Me and My Gal
I met you in a garden in an old Kentucky town.
The sun was shining down.
You wore a gingham gown.
I kissed you as I placed a yellow tulip in your hair.
Upon my coat, you pinned a rose so rare.
Time has not changed your loveliness. You’re just as sweet to me.
I love you, yet I can’t forget the days that used to be.
When you wore a tulip, a sweet yellow tulip, and I wore a big red rose.
When you caressed me, ’twas then Heaven blessed me.
What a blessing no one knows.
You made life cheery when you called me “dearie.” ‘
Twas down where the bluegrass grows.
Your lips were sweeter than julep
when you wore that tulip,
and I wore a big red rose
The love you vowed to cherish has not faltered through the years.
You banish all my fears.
Your voice like music cheers.
You are the same sweet girl I knew in happy days of old.
Your hair is silver, but your heart is gold.
Red roses blush no longer in your cheeks so sweet and fair.
It seems to me, dear, I can see white roses blooming there.