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Orphan's Song
Cf. Shearin and Combs, p. 32 ("I Have No Mother Now"). Irving Brown in Deep Song, New York, 1929, p. 103, gives the following "lament of a dying Gypsy, who leaves his one motherless child alone in the world:
'You've no father, you've no mother, You've no sister; you've no brother, You have no one of your own. I must leave you all alone'"
See also Fuson, 147.
Obtained from Mrs. William Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1930.
1. Oh, have you heard the mournful story ? All my friends are dead and gone;
I've no father, nor no mother, A poor orphan left alone.
2. Mother said to me when dying And her breath was almost gone: "I've no brother, nor no sister, A poor orphan left alone.
3. "Take your Bible to your closet; Read and pray both night and day; Seek protection in the Lord, And never more be kept alone."
4.  I often think of my condition And the world so dark and dreary; My poor heart is almost broken, A poor orphan left alone.
5.  I often walk the lonesome graveyard Praying for the time to come
By my mother I'll be buried And no more be left alone.

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