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Ballads and Songs
140
THE DRUNKARD'S HELL
See Lomax, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads■, p. 395; Fuson, p. no.
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"The Drunkard's Dream." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. William Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1930.
1. It was a dark and starless night
1 thought [1] saw a gulf Where all the drunkards go.
2.1 raised my head and heard them tell: This is the place where drunkards dwell. I heard another mournful sound Amid a group still lower down.
3. Around them stood a weeping crowd With faces pale and voices loud.
They gnashed their teeth and cried and groaned: "This is the whiskey sellers' home."
4. I traveled on, got there at last;
1 thought I'd take one social glass;
I poured it out and stirred it well,
And then I thought of a drunkard's hell.
5. I dashed it out and left the place,
And bowed my head to redeeming grace; The very moment faith regained, Ten thousand joys around me sprang.
6.1 went home to change my life And to see my long neglected wife; I found her kneeling by the bed Because her infant babe was dead.
7.1 told her not to cry and weep Because our babe was just asleep. Its happy soul had fled away To dwell with Christ through endless days.
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