Let Me Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister, Lyric Variant 02
 


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Title

Let Me Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister, Lyric Variant 02

Description

One leaf typewritten in black and red ink on the front side. The document is in fair physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper right corner was folded into the laminate. There is significant tearing along the lower edge. There are stains of unknown origin throughout the document.

Subject

Ballads, English Ballads, Scots Adultery -- Songs and music Homeless persons -- Songs and music Letters -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Let Me Sleep in Your Barn Mister. Let Me Sleep in Your Barn

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

5/8/2007

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Typescript

Transcription

Let Me Sleep in Your Barn To night Mister.

Let me sleep in your barn to-night Mister,
‘Tis so cold lying out on the ground.
And the cold -South wind is a blowing,
And I have no place to lay down.

You must know that I use no tobacco,
Neither carry no matches nor pipe.
I will do you no harm, -not a bit, sir
Let me sleep in your barn just to-night.

You may ask me how long I’ve been traveling,
Or been living this kind of a life.
If you’ll listen, I’ll tell you a story,
Though it cuts through my heart like a knife.

It was three years ago last Summer,
I shall never forget that sad day,
When a stranger came from a city,
So tall ,so handsome and gay.

He looked well dressed and sporty,
He looked like a man who had wealth,
And he said he had come to this Country
Just to stay here a while for his health.

And my wife said she’d love me with earnest
For something to add to our hoard,
So she begged me until I consented
To let the stranger stop and board.

One evening as I came from my workshop,
I was whistling and singing for joy,
Expecting a kind hearty welcome
From my wife and a kiss from my boy.

And nothing I found but a letter
Which some one had placed there for me.
And the moment my eyes fell upon it,
I at once picked it up just to see.

And the words that were written upon it
Seem to burn till my brow run me wild,
For they say that the stranger and Nellie
Have run off and taken my child.

Oh, theres surely a God up in heaven
Which I’ve always been taught to believe
And I pray that He’ll give to my boy
A life that he ought to receive.

Let me sleep in your barn to-night ,Mister
‘Tis so cold lying out on the ground
And the snow is falling around me
And I have no place to lay down.

Classification Title

Let Me Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

Let Me Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister

Dimensions - Original

218 mm x 355 mm

Upload Date

2013-10-14

File name

113_LetMeSleepInYourBarn_Lyric_02

Transcription Date

2006-07-25

Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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