Father, Dear Father, Come Home
Father dear father come home with me now,
The clock in the steeple strikes one.
You said you were coming
Right home from the shop
As soon as your days work was done.
The fire is all gone out the house is all dark,
And mamma's been watching since tea
With poor brother Bennie so sick in her arms
And no one to help her but me.
Please papa dear papa come home
Papa, dear papa, come home with me now,
The clock in the steeple strikes two.
The night has grown colder
And Bennie is worse but he has been calling
Indeed he is worse, mamma says he must die
Perhaps before morning shall dawn.
And this is the message she sent me to bring
Come, quickly, or he will be gone.
Please papa, dear papa come home.
Papa, dear papa, come home with me now
The clock in the steeple strikes three.
The night is so lonely the hours so long
For poor weeping mother and me.
Yes, we are alone, poor Bennie is dead
And gone with the angels of light.
And these were the very last words he said
I want to kiss papa good to night
Please papa, dear papa, come home.