Father, Dear Father, Come with Me Now, Lyric Variant 02
 


Citation

“Father, Dear Father, Come with Me Now, Lyric Variant 02,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed February 7, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31521.


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Title

Father, Dear Father, Come with Me Now, Lyric Variant 02

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

Popular music--United States
Folk songs--United States
Alcoholism--Songs and music
Fathers--Songs and music
Children--Death--Songs and music

Alternative Title

Father, Dear Father, Come Home with Me Now

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Transcription

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 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
for you.
Indeed he is worse Mama 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, 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 tonight,
Please Papa, dear Papa, come home.

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Drink and Gambling Songs - 24 Randolph, 308

File name

113_FatherDearFather_Lyric_02_ocr

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