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   KEEP ON THE FIRING LINE

If you're in the battle for the Lord and right
Just keep on the firing line
If you win the battle, surely you must fight
So keep on the firing line
     Brother, keep on the firing line
     Keep on the firing line
     Time is getting short, Jesus coming soon
     Brother, keep on the firing line
     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

There are many dangers everyone must face
If you die fighting, there is no disgrace
With the Lord for cowards you will find no place
So keep on the firing line
     Brother, keep on the firing line
     Keep on the firing line
     Time is getting short, Jesus coming soon
     Brother, keep on the firing line
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

God can only use the soldiers he can trust
To keep on the firing line
If you wear the crown, bear the cross you must
So keep on the firing line
     Brother, keep on the firing line
     Keep on the firing line
     Time is getting short, Jesus coming soon
     Brother, keep on the firing line
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
     Brother, keep on the firing line
     Keep on the firing line
     Time is getting short, Jesus coming soon
     Brother, keep on the firing line

 

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     KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

     There's a dark and a troubled side of life
     There's a bright and a sunny side, too
     Though we meet with the darkness and strife
     The sunny side we also may view

          Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
          Keep on the sunny side of life
          It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
          If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

           [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

     The storm and its fury broke today
     Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear
     Clouds and storm will in time pass away
     The sun again will shine bright and clear

          Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
          Keep on the sunny side of life
          It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
          If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

           [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

     Let us greet with a song of hope each day
     Though the moment be cloudy or fair
     Let us trust in our savior always
     To keep us every one in his care

          Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
          Keep on the sunny side of life
          It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way
          If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

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   KISSING IS A CRIME

     I know a little girl 
     And I want her for my wife
     She's pretty and sweet, a neat little feet
     Never been kissed in her life
     You can ask for a kiss 
     She never got a beau
     And every time she vows and cries
     She'll never do so anymore
Going to be a better girl and never kiss again
Afraid my maw might find out and cause her great pain
You may walk and talk and hold my hand
But kissing is a crime
I'll not kiss you anymore until next time
    
 [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I called at her house one night But I didn't intend to stay She laid her head on my shoulder and said The old folks are away
I kissed her a dozen times Someone came to the door And every time she vows and declares She'll never do so anymore
Going to be a better girl and never kiss again
Afraid my maw might find out and cause her great pain
You may walk and talk and hold my hand
But kissing is a crime
I'll not kiss you anymore until next time

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     KITTY AND I

(Not recorded by the original Carters, this song was cut by Joe and Jeannet, children
of Sara, for County Records back in 1966.)
Tomorrow night, I just can't wait Me and Kitty's got a date Kitty alone, Kitty alone Kitty alone and I Promenade and do-si-do Cheek to cheek and toe to toe Kitty alone, Kitty alone Kitty alone and I
               You ought to see her clap her hands
               When they play old Sally Ann
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Take your money if you bet
               Never miss a single set
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Dance all night till the break of day
               I don't care what the old folks say
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Promenade and do-si-do
               Cheek to cheek and toe to toe
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               If she would only marry me
               Think how happy we would be
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Teach our kids to dance and play
               Driving all our blues away
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Tomorrow night, I just can't wait
               Me and Kitty's got a date
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I
               Promenade and do-si-do
               Cheek to cheek and toe to toe
               Kitty alone, Kitty alone
               Kitty alone and I

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    KITTY WALTZ

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
The guitars are ringing, come on and waltz
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
The girls are singing, their guitars are ringing
Their steps are so neat, their music so sweet
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
The guitars are ringing, come on and waltz
    
 [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Boys, come on and join our band
Their guitars are ringing, their music is grand
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
The guitars are ringing, come on and waltz
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
Waltz, Kitty, waltz, let everybody waltz
The guitars are ringing, come on and waltz
 [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

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   LAY MY HEAD BENEATH THE ROSE


Darling, clasp me to your bosom
As you did in days of yore
Lay your hand upon my forehead
'Ere I reach the golden shore


Life is from me fastly falling
Soon I'll be in sweet repose
When I'm gone I ask this favor
Lay my head beneath the rose


[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]


Darling, first you said you love me
When you gave me hand and heart
There were roses on your cheeks, love
As we vowed we ne'er would part


One more kiss, for I am going
Far beyond all earthly woes
May your life be like your cheeks, love
Covered with the blossomed rose


[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]


He has crossed the shadowed valley
Where the living waters flow
Love has answered all his pleading
And he sleeps in sweet repose

'Neath a grassy mound he's resting
Where the golden sunset glows
Love has answered all his pleading
And he sleeps in sweet repose
 

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LET THE CHURCH ROLL ON

[CHORUS:] Let the church roll on (my good Lord)
Let the church roll on (oh my Lord)
Turn them out (turn them out)
Let the church roll on

There's gamblers in the church (my good Lord)
And they won't do right (oh my Lord)
What you going to do (turn them out)
Let the church roll on

[CHORUS]

There's drunkards in the church (my good Lord)
And they won't do right (oh my Lord)
What you going to do (turn them out)
Let the church roll on

[CHORUS]

There's members in the church (my good Lord)
And they won't do right (oh my Lord)
What you going to do (take 'em in, watch 'em close)
Let the church roll on

[CHORUS]

 

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LET'S BE LOVERS AGAIN

Jack and May Sweethearts were they
They were engaged to be wed
Many a promise he made her
Many a love word he said
As most lovers do
They quarreled one night
She bid him not come anymore
She gave him his hat
Jack started away
But he lingered to stay at the door

Tie up those broken cords
And lets be lovers again
Darling, you know I love you
To part would give me pain
Let us forget the past
And make up, my pet
Make up and be lovers again.

Years rolled by
Neither were wed
All of Jack's pleadings were vain
One quiet evening poor Jack was found dead
All through life in dismay
Two lives that have been wrecked
But she loves, oh, too late
She goes to his grave every day
She can't tell you why
But it seems to her cry
The wind seems to whisper and say

Tie up those broken cords
And lets be lovers again
Darling, you know I love you
To part would give me pain
Let us forget the past
And make up, my pet
Make up and be lovers again.


         LITTLE ANNIE
                 (When the Springtime Comes Again)
Once more, little Annie, I must leave you
We shall part at the end of the lane
But promise me, little Annie
You will wait for me till springtime comes again
When the sun shines down on the mountain
And the wild sheep are wandering all alone
When the birds and the bees are a-humming
Makes me think that springtime won't be very long
     When the springtime comes on the mountain
     And the wildflowers scattered o'er the plain
     I shall watch for the leaves to return to their trees
     And I'll be waiting when the springtime comes again
     Yodel-ay-ee, ah-lee-oh-lay-ee
     Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee-oh-lay-ee
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Now springtime is here, little Annie
I am on my way back to the lane
For you promised me, little Annie
You'd be waiting when the springtime comes again
     When the springtime comes on the mountain
     And the wildflowers scattered o'er the plain
     I shall watch for the leaves to return to their trees
     And I'll be waiting when the springtime comes again
     Yodel-ay-ee, ah-lee-oh-lay-ee
     Ah-lee-oh-lay-ee-hee-oh-lay-ee

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LITTLE BLACK TRAIN

[CHORUS]
There's a little black train a-comin',
Set your business right
There's a little black train a-comin'
And it may be here tonight

Go tell that ballroom lady
All dressed in the worldly pride
That death's dark train is comin'
Prepare to take a ride

God sent to Hezekiah
A message from on high
You'd better set your house in order
For you must surely die

He turned to the wall and, weeping
We see him hear in tears
He got his business fixed all right
God spared him fifteen years

[CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

We see that train with engine
And one small baggage car
Your idle thoughts and wicked deeds
Will stop at the judgment bar

		[CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

That poor young man in darkness
Cares not for the gospel light
Till suddenly heard the whistle blow
With the little black train in sight

"Have mercy on me, Lord
Please come and set me right"
Before he got his business fixed
The train rolled in that night

		[CHORUS AND INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

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LITTLE DARLING PAL OF MINE

                    My little darling, oh, how I love you
                    How I love you none can tell
                    In your heart you love another
                    Little darling pal of mine
                     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
               Many a night while you lay sleeping
               Dreaming of your rambler's life
               Lay a poor boy brokenhearted
               Listening to the wind outside
                    My little darling, oh, how I love you
                    How I love you none can tell
                    In your heart you love another
                    Little darling pal of mine
                     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
               Many a day with you I've rambled
               Countless hours with you I've spent
               Thought I had your heart forever
               But I found it only lent
                    My little darling, oh, how I love you
                    How I love you none can tell
                    In your heart you love another
                    Little darling pal of mine
                     [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
               There is just three things I wish for
               That's a casket, shroud, and grave
               When I'm dead, don't weep for me
               Just kiss those lips that you betrayed
                    My little darling, oh, how I love you
                    How I love you none can tell
                    In your heart you love another
                    Little darling pal of mine

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     THE LITTLE GIRL
                     THAT PLAYED UPON MY KNEE

Many years have passed away and gone
Since I left my old native home
Since I left the scenes of my childhood there
Where the dark days seem to roam

I left my aged father there
And my mother so dear unto me
I left a brother and a sister fair
And a little girl that played upon my knee

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Don't Ginny remember, will she ever forget
Those many hours of pleasure to me
Does she sigh when she thinks of those many happy hours
When a little girl she played upon my knee

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I am homeward bound with the thrills of joy
Of my wandering so far o'er the sea
I shall soon see my home, my old native home
And the little girl that played upon my knee

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I am tired of life, I cannot live
In this dark world so weary unto me
Come bury me low by the one I love so well
By the little girl that played upon my knee

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  LITTLE LOG CABIN BY THE SEA
There is a precious volume all fingerworn and old
In that little log cabin by the sea
It is the old, old Bible, more precious now than gold
It's the Bible that my mother gave to me
     It's the old precious Bible, blessed Bible
     That she read in the cabin by the sea (by the sea)
     It's that precious, precious Bible 
     That blessed, blessed Bible
     The Bible that my mother gave to me
How often I have listened to the tempest howl and rage
'Round that little log cabin by the sea
My mother read of Jesus, who walked upon the waves
How Jesus calmed the stormy Galilee
     It's the old precious Bible, blessed Bible
     That she read in the cabin by the sea (by the sea)
     It's that precious, precious Bible 
     That blessed, blessed Bible
     The Bible that my mother gave to me
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
How often, oh, how often she read the glowing word
With the message from the precious word above
It told of faithful Daniel, who trusted in the Lord
While she led me in the pathway that she trod
     It's the old precious Bible, blessed Bible
     That she read in the cabin by the sea (by the sea)
     It's that precious, precious Bible 
     That blessed, blessed Bible
     The Bible that my mother gave to me
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
There is no other volume so precious as this book
It tells me how to live and how to die
It tells me of that city, oh, wondrous, wondrous book
And that I'll meet my loved ones bye and bye
     It's the old precious Bible, blessed Bible
     That she read in the cabin by the sea (by the sea)
     It's that precious, precious Bible 
     That blessed, blessed Bible
     The Bible that my mother gave to me
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

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  LITTLE MOSES
Away by the river so clear, the ladies were winding their way
And Pharaoh's little daughter stepped down in the water
To bathe in the cool of the day
     Before it was dark she opened the ark
     And found the sweet infant was there
     Before it was dark she opened the ark
     And found the sweet infant was there
And away by the river so blue, the infant was lonely and sad
She took him in pity and thought him so pretty
And it made little Moses so glad
     She called him her own, her beautiful son
     And sent for a nurse that was near
     She called him her own, her beautiful son
     And sent for a nurse that was near
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And away by the river so clear, they carried the beautiful child
To his own tender mother, his sister and brother
Little Moses looked happy and smiled
     His mother so good done all that she could
     To rear him and teach him with care
     His mother so good done all that she could
     To rear him and teach him with care
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
And away by the sea that was red, little Moses, the servant of God
While in him confided the sea was divided
As upward he lifted his rod
     The Jews they could cross while Pharaoh's host
     Was drownded in the waters and lost
     The Jews they could cross while Pharaoh's host
     Was drownded in the waters and lost
And away on the mountain so high, the last one that ever might see
While in his victorious, his hope was most glorious
He'd soon o'er the Jordan be free
     When his labors did cease he parted in peace
     And rested in the heavens above
     When his labors did cease he parted in peace
     And rested in the heavens above

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LITTLE POPLAR LOG HOUSE ON THE HILL

Now kind friends I want to tell you
Of our little country home
I
t is made of poplar logs upon the hill
That's where father died and left us
When we were very young
But
our mother kept us settled on the hill

  CH: When our days work on the farm was done   
  She'd would gather us around
  She would have us get down on our little knees
  She would pray for God to keep us
  Through the night until next day
  In our little old poplar log house on the hill

Our father died a good man
Which we all would like to be
When I get to Heaven soon his face I'll see
When I'm get through with my singing
I will bid this world adieu
And my little poplar log house on the hill

 

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    LONESOME FOR YOU
          Now I know what it means to be lonesome
          And I know what it means to be blue
          And I know what it means to be lonesome in dreams
          When there's someone missing you
          'Cause I've tried and I've tried since we've parted
          And there is no one know what I gone through
          I'd give all that I own just to have you back home
          'Cause I'm lonesome, lonesome for you
          My best friend left me this morning
          As the clock was striking four
          And the smiling face of my darling 
          I may not see no more
          Now I know what it means to be worried
          To be all lonesome and blue
          For the one that I love so dearly 
          Has turned her back on me
          Oh, my mind is full of sorrow
          And my hear is filled with pain
          And I feel so broken-hearted
          Won't you please come back again
          'Cause I've tried and I've tried since we've parted
          And there is no one know what I gone through
          I'd give all that I own just to have you back home
          'Cause I'm lonesome, lonesome for you

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LONESOME FOR YOU DARLING

I am lonesome for your darling
though from me you're far away
In a lonely little cottage
I am waiting day by day

Though you went away and left me
Left me alone in this old world
How it hurts me little darling
To hear you say those parting words

I can see you in the moolinght
Strolling down lover's lane
I know it's you I love my darling
Won't you take me back again

Do you think we could be happy
Do you think you could be true
To the one that's always loved you?
No one loves you as I do

Won't you take me back my darling
So I can prove my love to you?
If you'll accept me little darling
We will start our lives anew.

I will take you back my darling
If you'll promise to be true
Let me look my little darling
In your loving eyes opf blue

We are happy now together
In the moonlight all alone
And we'll settle down forever
In our little cottage home.

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  LONESOME HOMESICK BLUES
I've got the lonesome homesick blues
I've got them bad, babe, down in my shoes
I love someone there that I might lose
That's why I've got these old homesick blues
It makes me homesick to hear your name
And hold you, dear, in my arms again
I'm a-gonna ride that lonesome train
To the one I left in Maces Springs
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
You told me once, dear, you loved me so
And it's on my mind everywhere I go
I'll soon be knowing if it is so
Or has your love for me grown cold
Oh, listen to that old lonesome train
It's a-gonna carry me back again
To the one that told me their love was true
I'll spend the rest of my days with you
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I've been away, babe, a long long time
Now I'm riding down this old railroad line
And the one I love there I hope to find
To ease this lonesome blue heart of mine

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  LONESOME PINE SPECIAL
I was walking out this morning
With rambling on my mind
I am going to catch the special
That train called Lonesome Pine
You can hear the whistle blowin'
And she's coming down the line
That's the train I catch this morning
To ease my troubling mind
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Take me back to Texas
     Back to my old home

Oh, I'm weeping like a willow
And I'm mourning like a dove
There's a girl way out in Texas
That I know I really love
Oh, I'm going back to Texas
Where the lonesome coyotes whine
Where the longhorn cattle are roaming
'Round that cabin home of mine
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Take me back to Texas
     Back to my old home
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Oh, give me back my rifle
Oh, give me back my gun
Give me back my home in Texas
And my rambling days are done
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Well, ah-le-ho, ah-le-ho-lay
     Take me back to Texas
     Back to my old home

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  LONESOME VALLEY

Everybody's got to walk this lonesome valley
We've got to walk it by ourselves
There's nobody here can walk it for us
We've got to walk it by ourselves
My father's got to walk this lonesome valley
He's got to walk it by himself
There's nobody here can walk it for him
He's got to walk it by himself
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
My mother's got to walk this lonesome valley
She's got to walk it by herself
There's nobody here can walk it for her
She's got to walk it by herself
All sinners got to walk this lonesome valley
They've got to walk it by themselves
There's nobody here can walk it for them
They've got to walk it by themselves
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Everybody's got to walk this lonesome valley
We've got to walk it by ourselves
There's nobody here can walk it for us
We've got to walk it by ourselves

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    LONGING FOR OLD VIRGINIA

'Mid the green fields of Virginia, dear, I miss you
Where the roses red and white around us grew
When I held you in my arms and gently kissed you
The robin sang the sweetest song he knew
     I'm longing for old Virginia
     For old Virginia and you
     And I'm hoping the soul within you
     Is longing for me, too
     To Virginia, just like an eye beam
     My heart flames ever true
     And I reckon in the spring I'll bring a little rain
     To old Virginia and you
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Though tonight I'm far from you in old Virginia
I love you as I did that day in June
And when springtime comes again to old Virginia
I'll build a little cottage just for two
     I'm longing for old Virginia
     For old Virginia and you
     And I'm hoping the soul within you
     Is longing for me, too
     To Virginia, just like an eye beam
     My heart flames ever true
     And I reckon in the spring I'll bring a little rain
     To old Virginia and you
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

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LOOK AWAY FROM THE CROSS

Look away from the cross to that glittering crown
From your cares, weary ones, look away
There's a home for the soul where no sorrows can come
And their pleasures will never decay

[CHORUS:] Look away (weary ones, look away)
Look away (from the cross to the crown)
From the cross to that glittering (crown), glittering crown
Look away (weary ones, look away)
Look away (from the cross to the crown)
From the cross to that glittering crown.

Though the burdens of life may be heavy to bear
And your crosses and trials severe
There's a beautiful hand that is beckoning, "Come!"
And no heartaches and sighin's are there.

[CHORUS]

'Mid the conflicts, the battles, the struggles and strife
Bravely onward your journey persue
Look away from the cross to that glittering crown
That's a-waitin', in Heaven for you.

[CHORUS]

 

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     LOOK HOW THIS WORLD
                         HAS MADE A CHANGE

We see our friends are weeping with the badges on their door
We see their homes in mourning for the loved ones come no more
You can say just what you please, death rides on every breeze
Look how this world has made a change

     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     You can see every day how the people pass away
     Look how this world has made a change
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Our friends are passing over to some far distant shore
We seek them and we call them but they answer us no more
Their throbbing hearts today tomorrow pass away
Look how this world has made a change

     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     You can see every day how the people pass away
     Look how this world has made a change
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Dear sinner, o get ready, you must meet your god on high
For death is all around you and it will not pass you by
Death knocks at every door no matter where you go
Look how this world has made a change

     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     Just look how this world has made a change(made a change)
     You can see every day how the people pass away
     Look how this world has made a change

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   LORD, I'M IN YOUR CARE

Oh, Lord, I'm in your care
Oh, Lord, I'm in your care
Your loving arms around me
Evil cannot harm me
Oh, Lord, I'm in your care

All day long I'm in your care
All day long I'm in your care
Your loving arms around me
Evil cannot harm me
Lord, I'm in your care

When I was sick, I was in your care
When I was sick, I was in your care
Your loving arms around me
Evil cannot harm me
Lord, I'm in your care

I'm a friendless child, but I'm in your care
I'm a friendless child, but I'm in your care
Your loving arms around me
Evil cannot harm me
Lord, I'm in your care

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     THE LOVER'S FAREWELL
We have met and we have parted
We have spoke our last goodbye
You have proved to me falsehearted
You may now forever go
You have wrecked the heart I've cherished
You have doomed me day by day
You are false, but I forgive you
To forget you, I cannot stay
     For I love you, dear, I love you
     More than all this world I know
     You have proved to me falsehearted
     You may now forever go
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
On the river bank I'll loiter
Till I'll see your face once more
Then I'll plunge beneath the water
And I'll land on some far shore
And among the trees and bushes
Where the dark green willow waves
In the cold and silent rushes
There you'll find my lonely grave
     For I love you, dear, I love you
     More than all this world I know
     You have proved to me falsehearted
     You may now forever go
Oh, I wish I was white marble
Cold and white on some white shore
This poor heart would cease from troubling
And I'd feel the pain no more
     For I love you, dear, I love you
     More than all this world I know
     You have proved to me falsehearted
     You may now forever go

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   LOVER'S LANE
I first met you down in lover's lane
You were just like an angel 
With an angel's golden wings
We walked along, we sang a song
The birds were singing, too
It seems like heaven's here on earth
Just to be again with you
     You're just the girl of my dreams
     Though it seems that my dreams never come true
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
At night we'd sit out in the old porch swing
The stars were shining brightly
And softly you would sing
You'd sing of happy days gone by
It makes me happy, too
It'd be like heaven here on earth
If I could be with you
     You're just the girl of my dreams
     Though it seems that my dreams never come true
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
I first met you down in lover's lane
You were just like an angel
My little brown-eyed Jane
We walked along, we hummed a song
The birds were singing, too
It seems like heaven's here on earth
Just to be again with you
     You're just the girl of my dreams
     Though it seems that my dreams never come true
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
     You're just the girl of my dreams
     Though it seems that my dreams never come true

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    LOVER'S RETURN
               And so you have come back to me
               And say the old love's growing yet
               You've tried through all these weary years
               You've tried so vainly to forget
                    No, no, I cannot take your hand
                    God never gives us back our youth
                    The loving heart you slighted then
                    Was yours, my friend, in perfect truth
               Farewell, farewell now we must part
               You never meant to do me wrong
               God sent this anguish to my heart
               To teach me to be brave and strong
                    No, no, I cannot take your hand
                    God never gives us back our youth
                    The loving heart you slighted then
                    Was yours, my friend, in perfect truth
               Farewell, I think I love you yet
               As friend to friend, God bless you, dear
               And guide you through these weary years
               To where the skies are always clear

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      LULA WALLS

          One evening getting dark we first met at the park
          A-sittin' by the fountain all alone
          I lifted up my hat and then began to chat
          She said she'd 'low me to see her at her home
               Such a star I've never seen
               She's as pretty as a queen
               She's as perfect as an angel from above
               If she'd only be my wife
               I'd live happy all my life
               With that aggravating beauty Lula Walls
          If she was only mine, I would build a house so fine
          And around it so many fences tall
          It would make me jealous free that no one else but me
          Could gaze upon that beauty Lula Walls
               Such a star I've never seen
               She's as pretty as a queen
               She's as perfect as an angel from above
               If she'd only be my wife
               I'd live happy all my life
               With that aggravating beauty Lula Walls
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
          One evening getting late I met her at the gate
          I asked her if she'd wed me in the fall
          She only turned away and nothing would she say
          That aggravating beauty Lula Walls
               Such a star I've never seen
               She's as pretty as a queen
               She's as perfect as an angel from above
               If she'd only be my wife
               I'd live happy all my life
               With that aggravating beauty Lula Walls

 

 

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 MARCH WINDS GOIN' TO BLOW MY BLUES ALL AWAY

              Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               March wind's goin' to blow my blues all away
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
          Low down fireman, dirty engineer
          Low down fireman, dirty engineer
          Low down fireman, dirty engineer
          Stole my gal, left me standin' here
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               March wind's goin' to blow my blues all away
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
          My mama told me long years ago
          Never to marry no girl that I know
          Spend all your money, wear out your clothes
          What will become of you, God only knows
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               Sun's gonna shine in my back door some day
               March wind's goin' to blow my blues all away

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MEET ME BY THE MOONLIGHT
(see also: The Prisoner's Song) I'm going to the new jail tomorrow To leave the one that I love To leave my friends and relations And, oh, how lonely, my love Meet me by the moonlight, love, meet me Meet me by the moonlight alone For I have a sad story to tell you To be told by the moonlight alone My parents, how cruel they treat me They drive me away from their door If I live 100 years longer I'll never go back any more Meet me by the moonlight, love, meet me Meet me by the moonlight alone For I have a sad story to tell you To be told by the moonlight alone [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK] If I had a ship on the ocean All laden and lined with pure gold Before my darling should suffer I'd have that ship anchored and sold Meet me by the moonlight, love, meet me Meet me by the moonlight alone For I have a sad story to tell you To be told by the moonlight alone If I had the wings of an angel O'er land and sea I'd fly I'd fly to the arms of my darling Then I'd be willing to die Meet me by the moonlight, love, meet me Meet me by the moonlight alone For I have a sad story to tell you To be told by the moonlight alone [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
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MEETING IN THE AIR

          You have heard of little Moses in the bulrush
          You have heard of fearless David and his sling
          You have heard the story told of dreaming Joseph
          And of Jonah and the whale you often sing
          There are many, many others through the Bible
          I should like to meet them all, I do declare
          By and by the Lord will surely let us meet them
          At that meeting in the air
               There is going to be a meeting in the air
               In the sweet, sweet bye and bye
               I am going to meet you, meet you over there
               In that home beyond the sky
               Such singing you will hear never heard by mortal ear
               'Twill be glorious, I do declare
               And God's own son will be the leading one
               At the meeting in the air
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
          Many things will there be missing in that meeting
          For the mourner's bench will have no place at all
          There will never be a sermon preached to sinners
          For the sinners had refused to heed the call
          There will be no mourning over wayward loved ones
          There will be no lonely nights of pleading prayer
          All our burdens and our anguish will be lifted
          At that meeting in the air
               There is going to be a meeting in the air
               In the sweet, sweet bye and bye
               I am going to meet you, meet you over there
               In that home beyond the sky
               Such singing you will hear never heard by mortal ear
               'Twill be glorious, I do declare
               And God's own son will be the leading one
               At the meeting in the air

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   'MID THE GREEN FIELDS OF VIRGINIA  
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
'Mid the green fields of Virginia in the vale of Shenandoah
There's an ivy covered homestead that I love
With its white old fashioned chimney and its simple homelike airs
'Tis the home of my dear parents now above
     There's a peaceful cottage there, a happy home so dear
     My heart is longing for them day by day
     Where I spent life's golden hours in the vale of Shenandoah
     'Mid the green fields of Virginia far away
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

'Mid the green fields of Virginia stands an old mill by the stream
I would wander to that spot to sing and play
And how often I would throw a stone into the babbling brook
And dream some day it would carry be away
     There's a peaceful cottage there, a happy home so dear
     My heart is longing for them day by day
     Where I spent life's golden hours in the vale of Shenandoah
     'Mid the green fields of Virginia far away
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
     There's a peaceful cottage there, a happy home so dear
     My heart is longing for them day by day
     Where I spent life's golden hours in the vale of Shenandoah
     'Mid the green fields of Virginia far away

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  MOTHERLESS CHILDREN

Motherless children sees a hard time when their mother is dead
Motherless children sees a hard time when their mother is dead
They are driven out in the cold, God knows where to go
Motherless children sees a hard time when their mother is dead
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Sister does the best she can, but she really don't understand
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Brother won't treat you like mother will when your mother is dead
Brother won't treat you like mother will when your mother is dead
You may ask for a piece of bread, you are told to go to bed
Motherless children sees a hard time when their mother is dead
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Sister does the best she can, but she really don't understand
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Friends won't treat you like mother will when your mother is dead
Friends won't treat you like mother will when your mother is dead
They will tell you what to do, but they'll turn their back on you
Motherless children sees a hard time when their mother is dead
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world
Sister does the best she can, but she really don't understand
Orphan children sees a hard time in this world

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    THE MOUNTAINS OF TENNESSEE
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Take me back, take me back to my old mountain home
Take me back where my heart longs to be
Where we played by the brook in the cool, shady nook
In the mountains of Tennessee
In my old mountain home where the wild roses bloom
Is a spot just like heaven to me
Take me back, take me back to my old mountain home
In the mountains of Tennessee
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Take me back, take me back to my old mountain home
Take me back to my old mother's knee
Where the stars shine bright and the birds sing free
In the mountains of Tennessee
'Round my old mountain home where I used to roam
They're waiting a welcome for me
Take me back to my old log cabin home
In the mountains of Tennessee
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

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   MY CLINCH MOUNTAIN HOME
          Far away on the hills 
          To a sunny mountainside
          Many years ago we parted 
          My little Ruth and I
          From this sunny mountainside
          She clung to me and trembled 
          When I told her we must part
          She said "Don't go, my darling 
          it almost breaks my heart
          To think of you so far apart"
               Carry me back to old Virginny
               Back to my Clinch Mountain home
               Carry me back to old Virginny
               Back to my Clinch Mountain home
               Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lay-ee
               Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lee
               Yeah, lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
               Oh, my mountain home
          I folded my arms around her 
          Leaned her head against my breast
          I told her I would wed her
          When I came back from the west
          Back to my Clinch Mountain home
          In my hand I hold a picture
          Of the old home far away
          In the other one my sweetheart
          I'm thinking of today
          On the sunny mountainside
               Carry me back to old Virginny
               Back to my Clinch Mountain home
               Carry me back to old Virginny
               Back to my Clinch Mountain home
               Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lay-ee
               Well, a-le-ho, le-ho-lee
               Yeah, lee-oh-lay-ee-hee
               Oh, my mountain home
                [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
          My mother's old and feeble
          My father's getting gray
          I'm going back to Virginia
          And I expect to stay
          At my old Clinch Mountain home
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MY HEART'S TONIGHT IN TEXAS


In the distant state of Texas by the silver Rio Grande
Strolled a couple out one evening was two sweethearts hand in hand
Was a rich man's pretty daughter and the lad she loved so dear
Though tomorrow they must part for many a year


My heart's tonight in Texas though I'm far across the sea
The band is playing "Dixie" and there's where I long to be
Dad says an earl I'll marry but although here is my hand
My heart's tonight in Texas by the silver Rio Grande


[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]


To Europe she was going to become a lady grand
Where her father hopes an earl, of course, she'll wed
But she went away next morning and her heart was true to Jack
But a letter came one day and this it read


My heart's tonight in Texas though I'm far across the sea
The band is playing "Dixie" and there's where I long to be
Dad says an earl I'll marry but although here is my hand
My heart's tonight in Texas by the silver Rio Grande


[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]


At a stately ball in England stood the Texas lad one night
The scenes were splendid and lights were dazzling bright
It was there the earl knelt beside her asking her to be his bride
But her thoughts were by the silver Rio Grande


My heart's tonight in Texas though I'm far across the sea
The band is playing "Dixie" and there's where I long to be
Dad says an earl I'll marry but although here is my hand
My heart's tonight in Texas by the silver Rio Grande


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MY HOME AMONG THE HILLS

Got a home in the hills of old Virginia I love still
And it stand near the lonesome pine
And I long to go back to that vine covered shack
Where I left that old mother of mine

I can still see her there in that old rocking chair
In my home among the hills
And I seem to hear her say "Why did you go away
From your home among the hills?"

The pine tree stands alone near my old Virigina home
And that silver haired mother of mine
I can see her smiling face and that old familiar place
In my home among the hills

I'm leaving here today, I am going back to stay
In my home among the hills
How happy we will be near the lonesome pine tree
In my home among the hills.

 

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MY HOME'S ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS


My home's across the Blue Ridge mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
For I never expect to see you anymore

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

How can I keep from crying
How can I keep from crying
How can I keep from crying
For I never expect to see you anymore

My home's across the Blue Ridge mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
For I never expect to see you anymore

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Oh, how I hate to leave you
Oh, how I hate to leave you
Oh, how I hate to leave you
For I never expect to see you anymore

My home's across the Blue Ridge mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
My home's across the Blue Ridge Mountains
For I never expect to see you anymore

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Good-bye, my little darling
Good-bye, my little darling
Good-bye, my little darling
For I never expect to see you anymore
 

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   MY HONEY LOU

When the sun sets in the west, my Honey Lou
Then the time I love you best, my Honey Lou
Come and look into my eyes 
When the moon shines in the skies
I'll be in paradise, my Honey Lou
     Last night I waited long, my Honey Lou
     And told the birds my song, my Honey Lou
     When the bright and silver moon 
     Sheds its soft and mellow light
     I love you more each night, my Honey Lou
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

When the birds have hushed their song, my Honey Lou
All the twilight shadows on my Honey Lou
My heart forever beats
For my Honey gal so sweet
I'll lay it at your feet, my Honey Lou
     Last night I waited long, my Honey Lou
     And told the birds my song, my Honey Lou
     When the bright and silver moon 
     Sheds its soft and mellow light
     I love you more each night, my Honey Lou
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
     Last night I waited long, my Honey Lou
     And told the birds my song, my Honey Lou
     When the bright and silver moon 
     Sheds its soft and mellow light
     I love you more each night, my Honey Lou

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  MY LITTLE HOME IN TENNESSEE
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Every night I'm dreaming of a little home
Down among the hills of Tennessee
And I'm always lonely, longing to return
To the place that means the world to me
     Just a little shack, roof all turning black
     Still it is a palace fair to me
     Songbirds always singing 'round my kitchen door
     In my little home in Tennessee
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I can see my mother standing by the gate
As I drove the old horse up the lane
She would never scold me when I'd get in late
How I wish I'd never caused her pain
     With her tender smile beaming all the while
     No one could be so kind to me
     Now she's gone to heaven and she'll never return
     To my little home in Tennessee
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I can still remember many years ago
When my sweetheart wandered by my side
Down among the mountains where wildflowers grow
There she promised she would be my bride
     Then another man won her heart and hand
     Then I knew how much she meant to me
     I was brokenhearted and I went away
     From my little home in Tennessee

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   MY NATIVE HOME

I'd like to see my native home
The lofty trees, the golden sand
The rugged hills all crowded 'round
My mother's voice how sweet would sound

Sometimes I dream of home and friends
My dreams are false, my heart it rends
And when I wake I'm all alone
My dreams are false, my friends are gone

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

I'd like to see my heart's delight
Her beauteous face and eyes so bright
And how she'd smile as I drew near
I'd kiss her with a falling tear

It fills my heart with fondest love
To listen to that lonesome dove
She mourns as if her mate was gone
As if, like me, left all alone

      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Nine or ten years have passed and gone
And I'm still left here all alone
Virginia, o my native home
Among your hills I'd love to roam 

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    MY OLD COTTAGE HOME

I am thinking tonight of an old cottage home
That stands on the brow of the hill
Where in life's early morning I once loved to roam
But now all is quiet and still
     Oh, my old cottage home, my old cottage home
     That stands on the brow of the hill
     Where in life's early morning I once loved to roam
     But now all is quiet and still
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Many years have gone by since in prayers there I knelt
With dear ones around the old hearth
But my mother's sweet prayers in my heart still are felt
I'll treasure them all while on earth
     Oh, my old cottage home, my old cottage home
     That stands on the brow of the hill
     Where in life's early morning I once loved to roam
     But now all is quiet and still
      [INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

One by one they have gone from the old cottage home
On earth we shall see them no more
But we'll meet them again on that beautiful shore
Where parting will come nevermore
     Oh, my old cottage home, my old cottage home
     That stands on the brow of the hill
     Where in life's early morning I once loved to roam
     But now all is quiet and still
                

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MY OLD VIRGINIA HOME


[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]


It was on one winter day, from my home I went away
Far away from friends and home I longed to roam
But tonight I'm lone and sad, just a little homesick lad
And I'm longing from my old Virginia home


	I'm a lad from old Virginia
	Bravely knocking my way back home
	To that cabin home in the mountain
	Never more let me roam

	I'm a lad from old Virginia
	And I'm coming, coming home
	There I'll settle down forever
	In my old Virginia home

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Since I left that little shack, how my mind has wandered back
How mother often prayed for her lad
But from her I went away, and I know I'll dearly pay
So I'm coming back to mother and my dad

	I'm a lad from old Virginia
	Bravely knocking my way back home
	To that cabin home in the mountain
	Never more let me roam

	I'm a lad from old Virginia
	And I'm coming, coming home
	There I'll settle down forever
	In my old Virginia home

[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]
                

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MY TEXAS GIRL

All my life I've wondered
If what I done was wrong
All I ever cared to do
Was ride my pony on
I never had no heartaches
Was always happy and gay
Until I met a Texas girl
Who stole my heart away

	Where the sleepy Rio Grande
Goes slowly to the sea
	It was there she promised to be mine
Throughout eternity
	But the angels, they grew jealous
Of her beauty and her smile
	And came along one stormy night
And stole away my bride
The birds have hushed their singing
Sadness is over the land
The birds miss my darling
By the sleepy Rio Grande

	[INSTRUMENTAL BREAK]

Her lips was like the Russian wine
Her hair it hung in curls
Her cheeks were like the dawn of day
That breaks upon the world

She's gone and left me lonely
I miss the touch of her hand
Tonight while I am walking
By the sleepy Rio Grande

Where the sleepy Rio Grande
Goes slowly to the sea
	It was there she promised to be mine
Throughout eternity
	But the angels, they grew jealous
Of her beauty and her smile
	And came along one stormy night
And stole away my bride
The birds have hushed their singing
Sadness is over the land
The birds miss my darling
By the sleepy Rio Grande
                

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MY VIRGINIA ROSE IS BLOOMING

My Virginia rose is blooming
She's waiting now for me
In the hills of old Virginia
Is where I long to be
She wears a winning smile
And her loving eyes are blue
She's won my heart forever
For she's a girl that's true

Beneath the scarlet maple
By the trickling little spring
Was where I made the promise
And gave to her the ring
Springtime is approaching
The birds and doves are here
They are singing so sweetly
But none can sing like her

It's love that calls you to me
My rose that never fades
And lose its crimson leaves of love
Love that's perfect made
I long to see my darling
There in the midst of dew
With the sparkling dewdrops all around her
She'll be a queen and a view

She's a wild rose in the forest
A fairy in a dream
My darling's in Virginia
Her age is just 16
It's a long long ways from my darling
Just a little too far to be
My Virginia rose is blooming
She's waiting now for me

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